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Old 12-02-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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Build sheet coming along for our 19', been back and forth on this one. Opinions ...Yes or no and why?
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:17 AM   #2
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If you mainly camp in RV parks with electricity, then you won't be using up your propane. Has been suggested that you can buy a lot of propane with the money you would spend on the option.
If you mainly camp without hookups, it's not of much use.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Build sheet coming along for our 19', been back and forth on this one. Opinions ...Yes or no and why?
Hi: dan55... We sure use ours a lot... but then we camp next to the "Current bush" most times. When using the propane to heat the water to wash dishes we only turn it on while eating. It heats quickly!!! Alf
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We did not get the 2-way option. Just propane. One less thing to go wrong, one less thing to repair. I like simple.
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:27 PM   #5
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Build sheet coming along for our 19', been back and forth on this one. Opinions ...Yes or no and why?
Had it marked on our build sheet, but then crossed it off. We don't even miss it.
But yes, it all depends on your camping style.
(we simply boil the water for the dishes on the stove outside, soak for a minute, making doing dishes like it's nothing)
Our hot water tank only gets used for showers, on propane.
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:28 PM   #6
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We got the 2-way hot water heater. In four years we have never used the 120V AC for heating water, even when we had hookups. It is too easy to heat the water on propane. If you only have the heater turned on just before you require water, and turn the propane heater off again when you no longer need hot water, you use very little propane. Plus, the water stays hot in the hot water tank for a long time after the propane heater is shut off. If it was a do over, I would forego getting the 2-way.
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It's probably a personal thing like everyone says "how" you use the trailer. We are in the trailer for four months at a time and are always plugged in - we turn on the 120 switch and never turn the hot water off. We have used the propane when there was a problem with the electrical at the campground or when we're not hooked up. With the two way, if you use the electric, if there is a problem you always have a backup, my switch went on the hot water tank on the 120 so we just switched to propane until it was fixed. I would definitely get it again.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:44 PM   #8
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I like simple, too, but in this case if the electric heating element fails, the water heater is still just as functional as a propane-only unit. If the propane side fails, the electric side is a backup, so the chance of being without hot water is reduced by having the two-way version.

If the electric side fails the owner can choose to just not fix it, if it has not proven worthwhile.

I'm not suggesting that the two-way is required, or that it worthwhile for everyone, but I don't think this is a case of additional complication reducing reliability.
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Old 12-02-2016, 02:04 PM   #9
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Agree with Brian that the electric element is not an additional complication. I have two way and have used both. And both propane and electric can be run simultaneously providing the user with faster recovery.
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What gbaglo said.

If you do go 2 way, do the inside on/off switch mod.
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