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Old 08-23-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hot water tank temperature

I've not looked at the hot water tank in one of these trailers, so I'm very clueless about them. Can you adjust the temperature like you can on your home tank? I know legally they have to be set at a certain temperature when they're installed - the home ones and I'm assuming it'll be the same for the trailer.

I'm hoping the temperature can be adjusted and cranked up like we did on our home one. I like really hot showers and the legal temperature just isn't enough. We don't have kids coming around the house so we don't have to worry about that issue. Nor will we in The Trailer.

And, if you can adjust the temperature on the tank, how hard is it to do?

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Old 08-23-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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The manual says it's preset at 130, non adjustable.

This link will download the manual, at least it does on my pc.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...,d.ZGg&cad=rja
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With only 6 gallons, a hotter shower will be a shorter shower......
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Just about one or two showers will fill up your tank.....and it is either on or off, no adjustment.
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With only 6 gallons, a hotter shower will be a shorter shower......
... unless the temperature of the water in the heater can be set higher. I agree, that given a fixed temperature of the hot water, mixing in more hot / less cold means running out faster, although six gallons (even those little U.S. gallons ) should be enough for a shower.
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Showers

I would concur that without waiting for a reheat on the tank, two showers is the limit before the water gets cool. Speed and showering technique need practice especially if you happen to be dealing with excessive dirt or excessive surface area! However, excessive hair is not a problem for me. I can only usually get through my rendition of Summertime once before the livin ain't so easy.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:32 PM   #7
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It appears that the "legal" temperature in the state of Washington of a residential hot water tank is 120 [http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=19.27A.060], as opposed to the 130 preset temperature of the Suburban hot water tank used by ETI. We have frequently taken two showers within a few minutes of each other and have never run out on water. I think you'll be quite comfortable at 130 water temperature, IMHO.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:58 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like the 130 degree setting will be just fine for me. Yay!

And I'm already practicing taking much shorter showers at home by turning off the water when it's not needed via the button on the showerhead, which is the same one we're gonna use in the trailer (EcoCamel).
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It appears that the "legal" temperature in the state of Washington of a residential hot water tank is 120 [http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=19.27A.060], as opposed to the 130 preset temperature of the Suburban hot water tank used by ETI. We have frequently taken two showers within a few minutes of each other and have never run out on water. I think you'll be quite comfortable at 130 water temperature, IMHO.
How long are the "two showers within a few minutes of each other", so you don't run out of hot water?
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How long are the "two showers within a few minutes of each other", so you don't run out of hot water?
I'm not sure about the what gallons per minute output is on the water pump. Shower length depends upon how hot your water is adjusted to with the cold infusion, shower technique, and prescense of mind to keep at the task at hand, and not to pretend you're in a fancy hotel with unlimited hot water. I believe the most efficient technique involves starting at your head and shutting the water off as you shampoo or scrub each segment of your body and efficiently rinse each soapy part with the hose mounted shower head. The pump probably only runs about 4 minutes per shower. I could make a video but the consequences wouldn't be worth it.
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