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Old 03-16-2018, 06:26 AM   #1
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2 - Way Hot Water Tank (Has two power sources, Propane or 120V)

Escapes 19 foot lists the following option:
2 - Way Hot Water Tank (Has two power sources, Propane or 120V)

After checking the standard features list and searching the forum would someone please clarify what the standard water tank power source is?

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Old 03-16-2018, 06:47 AM   #2
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When you order a 2-way water heater, you basically get an electric heating element added to the propane fired water heater. One of the great benefits of the 2-way water heater is running BOTH heat sources at the same time ( if you have shore power ), giving you near instantaneous hot water with a much shorter recovery time. Otherwise, they do also work great on just propane.

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Old 03-16-2018, 07:09 AM   #3
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When you order a 2-way water heater, you basically get an electric heating element added to the propane fired water heater. One of the great benefits of the 2-way water heater is running BOTH heat sources at the same time ( if you have shore power ), giving you near instantaneous hot water with a much shorter recovery time. Otherwise, they do also work great on just propane.

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Thanks Thiggins,

We have had one very small trailer without any amenities, a porta potty and no hot water...just whatever the stove will heat or other propane appliance that we carried.
The dual heater sounds like a neat option with shore power.
My original question was based on the premise of not trying to improve something that is already goof proof!!?
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My original question was based on the premise of not trying to improve something that is already goof proof!!?
Using the propane only is foolproof, but it is nice to have the added benefit of using 120V if you are on the grid, saving on your propane consumption.

What we like most, is that if on the grid you leave it on all the time, and always have hot water. Off the grid we usually only turn it on 20 minutes before needing it, then turn it off again.
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The electric heating element is great when you have shore power - the tank is always full of hot water. When we are dry camping we tend to only turn on the propane hot water heater when we need it because it has some fumes as well as burner noise and we like to have the windows open. Also, no need to burn propane when you have an electric connection that you're paying for anyway. And when you have shore power and want to use the shower, turning on the propane to supplement the electric heating does speed up the recovery time a lot.
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In the 8 years of owning a fiberglass trailer we have never run the trailer's water heater on propane . Maybe someday ?
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When camped we do not have hookups a lot of the time. Since we started Escape Camping in 2013 we have never used the Electric water heating feature on either Escape. We fire the propane water heater first thing in the morning, once it makes and we get ready for the day we turn it off. Then we fire it for showers at bedtime and turn it off for the night once it recovers. It’s still fairly warm in the morning and doesn’t take long to make temp. Everybody camps differently all things considered.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:25 AM   #8
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Escapes 19 foot lists the following option:
2 - Way Hot Water Tank (Has two power sources, Propane or 120V)

After checking the standard features list and searching the forum would someone please clarify what the standard water tank power source is?

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If you want to look at the actual units any further the stock unit is a Suburban SW6D and the 2-way option which adds the electric mode is the SW6DE.

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It's interesting that some feel that electricity is free, your cg fee does include it, but using it to keep water hot 24/7, in my opinion is energy wasteful. It's bad enough to have to use propane for an hour but that electric is being generated somewhere at the expense of coal or oil burning. Remember during the energy crunch with alternate fuel days and lights being turned off. Believe me the cg fees have increased due to higher electric use also. We all try to eek out the most efficient tow vehicle to use towing and daily driver, why not do the same while camping.
As an alternative, I'd suggest using the electric with your propane to heat the water quicker and then turn both off, what you save in propane is consumed by electric but once the electric is off it will save some energy just sitting there. Good idea??
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It's interesting that some feel that electricity is free, your cg fee does include it, but using it to keep water hot 24/7, in my opinion is energy wasteful.
For those that do not have an on demand water heater at home, how many turn their water heater off when not in use? I would bet none.
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