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Old 07-11-2014, 02:12 AM   #1
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2-way hot water heater?

We are working on our build sheet for our new Escape 19 and are wondering about the value of the 2-way hot water heater. Does the saving on propane (when you have electrical hook ups) make up the $200 price difference? Are there other reasons other than savings on propane as to why a 2 - way is a good idea? I suspect we will be boon docking about half the time.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:45 AM   #2
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I just went with the propane only. I've had 2-way ones in previous trailers and never used them on electric. These water heaters heat up so fast, I just flip it on a few minutes before I need hot water, then turn it off when I'm done. YMMV
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:01 AM   #3
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I have never used the electric on mine and would not get the option again. Propane works great, is always available and lasts a long time.
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Always use electric when I can. I just flip the switch and forget about it until I go home. I don't know how much I save on propane but it is nice to have the option.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:05 AM   #5
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I went with the propane only. In 48 nights in our Escape returning from Chilliwac, we are still only on our 2nd tank of propane. That was for heat, hot water and cooking. Not only does it not justify on an economic sense, but also it adds another system to maintain.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:44 AM   #6
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What's to maintain, at least if one system goes out I have the option of using the other one
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Seems to depend on "how" you camp, we rarely use propane, unless there is no electricity. But, we don't boondock a whole lot- just here and there.
It's more difficult to change your mind later.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:00 AM   #8
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Even though less than 10% of my camping is with electricity (at this time), I still like having the dual fuel heater. Along with the cost savings of not burning propane, comes the added benefit of quiet operation, especially if you have it one during the night. In the 19, the water heater is right under your head.

On the rare occasion you pull into a campground and need some hot water fast, you can use both the propane and electric component for hot water in a very short time.

Of course propane only will service you just fine, but I would go for the dual myself.
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All it takes is one forgetful moment and you will burn out the electric element, $$ to repair. One less item to remember to turn on/off. These little items all add up to a list yea long to remember, I want to get away from stress rather than add to it.
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I got both. I'll be camping for nine nights at the Oregon Gathering, full hookups. Guess which version I'll use? Paid for the use of electricity, I'm gonna use it.
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