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Old 11-16-2014, 05:43 PM   #81
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If you're going tank less, I presume you are camping with hookups. My understanding is that it's not instant hot water, so water goes down the drain while waiting for it to become hot.
An anode is one of the least expensive parts of a trailer.
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If you're going tank less, I presume you are camping with hookups. My understanding is that it's not instant hot water, so water goes down the drain while waiting for it to become hot.
An anode is one of the least expensive parts of a trailer.
It's instant in the sense that the water in the coil is heated instantly, but it does have to reach the tap - and the burner won't kick on until flow is sensed. When dry camping It won't use any more water than the tank system as long as your water use habits are the same.

The other benefit is that it saves propane, because there's no burner unless there's water flow, unlike the tank system. Plus, you don't have to remember to turn the water heater on, or turn it off when you're done. Everything is automatic.

And dang - I really wanted to be a 'pioneer'.
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I think after a couple years using the standard water heater ( will take at least that long to need an anode replaced ), you'll have much less impetus to change it out.
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I think after a couple years using the standard water heater ( will take at least that long to need an anode replaced ), you'll have much less impetus to change it out.
You may be right Glenn, but something about having the ability to shower like at home is really appealing -- especially to the wife. I can be comfortable backpacking and sleeping in a tent, but not her. Of course, we can always use the campground showers when they're available.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:11 PM   #85
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We replaced an oil fired hot water heater tank with a tankless propane hot water heater at our house. I am surprised how much more water goes down the drain before the hot water is actually hot at the tap compared to the regular tank hot water heater. I wish I had some scientific measurements. I wouldn't consider switching to a tankless in the trailer and knowing what I know now, I'm not sure we would have made the switch at home.
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Hi Padin you don't have to each time go through all that . It just keeps things working to do some extra cleaning once in a while.
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You may be right Glenn, but something about having the ability to shower like at home is really appealing --
I don't understand how the shower experience would be any different, unless you're talking about having unlimited hot water when on hookups.
But, when not hooked up, wouldn't you have six gallons less water overall?
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You may be right Glenn, but something about having the ability to shower like at home is really appealing --.
I'm not sure there's much difference in that aspect. There are more variables in play. The most obvious; it's a trailer with a limited water capacity, with space considerations and distance of the lines from the tank also coming into play.

I used to import the Paloma water heaters and I've had good experiences with them. But, although I have a brand new one still in its' box, the tank type in the 19 does just as good a job. Personally I wouldn't go to the work of swaping out one for the other. To each his own.

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I don't understand how the shower experience would be any different, unless you're talking about having unlimited hot water when on hookups.
But, when not hooked up, wouldn't you have six gallons less water overall?
Yes, but how do you use it? The only way to get that 6 gallons is to drain the water heater by removing the anode.
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Yes, but how do you use it? The only way to get that 6 gallons is to drain the water heater by removing the anode.
Exactly. And yes Glenn, I was talking about when hooked up.
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