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Old 06-13-2015, 07:57 AM   #1
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How do you experienced users feel about leaving the hot water heater on at night? I would like to have hot water for preheating my thermal coffee carafe while heating my water for a pour over coffee maker.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:02 AM   #2
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When I'm camping mine is never shut off. From the time of hookup at site to just before leaving. When it's cold out and my hands are grungy, I want hot water for washing. Yes, I know it heats up quickly, but not fast enough for me when I want it NOW. YMMV

I suppose the difference would be if you're running the hotwater heater on propane and shutting it off would save gas, or if you're on electric and have the electric option... I do.
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The electric side of mine is on when ever I have hookups. As to propane, I usually wait until I need it & only leave it on until the water is hot. I don't see why you couldn't leave it on over night other than the noise when it runs...
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So far it seems like it's ok to leave it on. I NEED my coffee asap in the morning, Thanks.....
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Although on, it is not necessarily heating. It does shut off after the temperature is reached and then it is thermostatic controlled. I turn mine off and still have hot water 12 hours later. I'm only on propane, electric users may have different results.
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The electric side of mine is on when ever I have hookups. As to propane, I usually wait until I need it & only leave it on until the water is hot. I don't see why you couldn't leave it on over night other than the noise when it runs...
This is what I do too. On propane, turning it off not only eliminates the noise when it fires at night (it is right under my head), it also conserves the propane.

Like Jim N said, it holds residual heat fairly well, plus is hot in short order when turned back on. If you flip the switch right when you get up, it will be hot by the time you need it.

On propane, we find that normally we turn it on first thing in the morning, off after breakfast cleanup is done, then on again as we prep supper, and off again after cleanup. The water is still more than warm enough near midnight for a quick wash before bed.

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How do you experienced users feel about leaving the hot water heater on at night? I would like to have hot water for preheating my thermal coffee carafe while heating my water for a pour over coffee maker.
I just boil a little extra water to fill our cups a bit as a preheat before our first cup of coffee in the morning. We don't use a carafe, as I use an AeroPress, and make only two cups of coffee at a time.
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Ours is the standard, not the two way. We just turn it on about 30 minutes before we think we'll need hot water. Works for us.
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I use ours the way Donna does, once hooked to power, it never goes off...
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sorry for going of track.When your finished the camping trip do you drain the water out of the water heater.Does the low point drain everything[system] newbie
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sorry for going of track.When your finished the camping trip do you drain the water out of the water heater.Does the low point drain everything[system] newbie
I don't drain after every trip. I worry more about cross-threading the anode than leaving the water in the tank.

My Scamp hot water heater has a drain... wish Ten Forward did
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sorry for going of track.When your finished the camping trip do you drain the water out of the water heater.Does the low point drain everything[system] newbie
Ours only gets drained with the rest of the water system when we winterize.
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I don't drain after every trip. I worry more about cross-threading the anode than leaving the water in the tank.

My Scamp hot water heater has a drain... wish Ten Forward did
I concur with that Donna. I drained my last winter and noticed that the original had crossed threads. I replaced it with a new even though it was less than two months old, and it felt like I was cross threading during installation, but it's never leaked so it's ok. I'm going to have to invest in a tape to clean up the threads next time I drain it.
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At Camping World I saw an anode that had a drain built into the plug. Might be worth buying.
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The low point drain will not drain the water heater, one has to remove the anode rod, after releasing any pressure to drain the heater.
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The low point drain will not drain the water heater, one has to remove the anode rod, after releasing any pressure to drain the heater.
Yep, and then a water heater cleaning wand is your friend. About $7.50. Couldn't believe the scale that came out after only 4-5 weeks of use.
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My Scamp hot water heater has a drain... wish Ten Forward did
Is the one in the Scamp an Atwood? Suburan water heaters (such as those used in Escapes) have an anode rod to protect the steel tank from corrosion. Due to their aluminum-lined (or just alumium?) tanks, Atwood has no use for an anode rod. They still have a threaded port, but with no rod the port has a plastic plug, or can be fitted with a drain valve.
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It's an all electric Suburban Brian.
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Donna,
Are you saying you do not have the propane option nor the removable anode rod on your Suburban water heater?
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Are you saying you do not have the propane option nor the removable anode rod on your Suburban water heater?
No, it has a removable anode rod, just no propane.. ever. Came from the Scamp factory that way in 1988. It looks like a home hotwater heater. Round, but only about a foot tall.
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WAIT... I just looked at the paperwork for the hotwater heater. It's a Speed-O-Matic. What was I thinking? D'oh.
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