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Old 01-19-2016, 06:06 PM   #21
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That is why I chose not to get the 2 way electric/gas heater. With the gas only standard heater, I turn it on for an hour in the morning and one at night, all while standing inside the camper. The water remains hot throughout the day and I have saved myself $200 which is about 4 years of propane use. Simple to use and no chance of burning out your electric element, there is none!
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:13 PM   #22
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I have done that.
And now I know someone who has.

Having had both a gas only and now the dual fuel, I'd not bother getting the dual if there is a next time. Doesn't save enough to bother with and one more thing to break.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:21 PM   #23
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No doubt to have to turn the electrical switch on and off is something that is important and can be very problematical if turning it off is forgotten. I put a big sticky note with that as one of the DO NOT FORGETS, where I can be reminded. For me, since I pay to stay, I'd rather use the provided electricity.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:23 PM   #24
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We would not be without a dual water heater. We used to always be plugged in and no reason to use propane, if paying for electric. To use propane, you have to have it and it is possible to run out or even have the regulator frozen in the off season. With electric, you have that option. We have not ruined an element --- yet.

We usually keep the water heater off. It is off if we leave the campground, off in travel, off if at storage. We only turn it on briefly morning and night and try to make sure it is off the rest of the time.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:23 PM   #25
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Hmm, Jim that looks interesting. Have you installed that unit?
I still have my trimetric sitting on a shelf out in the garage. Been too lazy to install the shunt and wasn’t too keen on cutting a hole above the fridge to install the monitor. So far I’ve been using a 12 volt plug in monitor with good success. May have to have a closer look at this. Thanks. Scott

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Jim, once again thank you. I still need to order the bamboo shower mat. Even though we are experienced campers who know what we like and need it’s pretty neat having this forum as a resource for alternative solutions. I wonder if my neighbor needs the trimetric for his lance. Scott

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If you hook up power to the trailer with the forgotten switch on, and the heater empty, you can smoke the element. At least that's my understanding. I've NOT heard of anyone actually doing such.
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Was not aware that the cooktops come with a cover now. Used to be an option - which we left out.
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Took my cover off and use an oak wood cover which doubles as a sink drying location as well as a serving tray for outside...
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Was not aware that the cooktops come with a cover now. Used to be an option - which we left out.
Sarah said it was a safety feature. Yeah, that sucker's coming off! She did say it was easy to take off.
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