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Old 05-07-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hot water

Might be blind plus we're new at this. After a search didn't find anything about hot water for shower.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Hot Water

I'm not sure what your question is:

1. where does the hot water for the shower come from? There is a hot water tank which can be heated by propane or electricity, depending on the version you order.
2. how much hot water does it hold? I think it is about 6 gallons.
3. how do you turn the hot water on? There is a switch which turns it on inside the trailer.

I did a search for "hot water heater" and got lots of threads -- you could search through that.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Answers 1 and 2 apply Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Our hot water heater uses propane only. After you turn on the hot water switch it takes about 15 minutes for hot water. We usually heat up a tank of water then turn off the heater, and that works fine. The propane version is the only one you can use when you don't have an electrical hookup. When you are boon docking the hot water tank gets its water from the fresh water tank. You will need a source of water to refill the fresh water tank and will need to have a way of disposing of the grey water.

The dual fuel hot water heater which is now available can use electricity when you have hookups. It would be economical to run since usually the amount you pay for an electrical hookup doesn't depend on how much electricity you use. The duel fuel version is more expensive than the propane only version.

It is very important to make sure the hot water tank is full of water before turning on the heater, since otherwise you can melt the tank insulation. Don't ask me how I know this. When you are hooked up to water make sure to run the hot water until there is a steady stream of water coming from the tap.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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Sorry to ask a question which I finally found @ Escape but it was under FAQ. I was looking at features, options etc. Had not read FAQ till now. Thanks everyone
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Re: Dual hot water heater: how do I switch from gas to electric power (and later switch back switch back to propane)?
(This should probably be a new topic post but I can't figure out how to do those)

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You don't have to switch - they are independent sources; if fact, you can use both at the same time if you are in a hurry.

If the circuit breaker feeding the water heater is on & the switch at the bottom inside the outside door to the water heater is on & you are plugged into 120V, you are on electric heat.

To turn on the propane, switch the inside switch with the light next to it on. The lamp should light, stay on for 10 - 15 seconds, then go off, indicating that the water heater has fired on propane. Some individuals have added a lamp to the switch assembly to tell that the water heater is on (on propane) since the standard lamp goes out after ignition.
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You don't have to switch - they are independent sources; if fact, you can use both at the same time if you are in a hurry.

If the circuit breaker feeding the water heater is on & the switch at the bottom inside the outside door to the water heater is on & you are plugged into 120V, you are on electric heat.

To turn on the propane, switch the inside switch with the light next to it on. The lamp should light, stay on for 10 - 15 seconds, then go off, indicating that the water heater has fired on propane. Some individuals have added a lamp to the switch assembly to tell that the water heater is on (on propane) since the standard lamp goes out after ignition.
OK - so if you are plugged in and everything electrical is turned on, the water tank is heated by electricity. Then, if you are off the grid (not hooked up to electricity) your tank wouldn't heat (duh) unless you switched on the propane, so it doesn't matter that you didn't turn off the electrical switch. Right? But you do have to remember to turn off the propane when done.

Being somewhat challenged in these areas, it never occurred to me that you didn't have to turn the electric unit off when using propane...:

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fwiw, I'd always turn off the electrical when I wasn't using it, for fear of forgetting it was turned on, and leaving it on when I emptied the tank.
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OK - so if you are plugged in and everything electrical is turned on, the water tank is heated by electricity. Then, if you are off the grid (not hooked up to electricity) your tank wouldn't heat (duh) unless you switched on the propane, so it doesn't matter that you didn't turn off the electrical switch. Right? But you do have to remember to turn off the propane when done.

Being somewhat challenged in these areas, it never occurred to me that you didn't have to turn the electric unit off when using propane...:

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You've got it! One last point - if you are connected to a 15/20 amp campground receptacle, you might want to switch off the electric side of the water heater, or, at least wait until it cycles off before trying to run other high draw appliances.
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