Originally Posted by Dagwood
I like the bypass idea, but isn't that essentially the same as just cranking open the Cold Water tap at the same time as the Hot water? Or is this more of a solution for young kids that could potentially burn themselves?
Kids would be the absolute reason to do this. Just general comfort and safety is what I am looking for.
Yes, mixing hot and cold at the faucet will give you warm water. But when the hot water is so stinking hot that getting the mixture right uses an extra quart (out of the ?? gallons on board) of water every time you wash your hands... Something has to be done at the source.
My old trailer had a totally manual gas valve with a standing pilot. I had the temperature set so low that you could wash your hands or dishes with pure hot water. Just a touch of cold was needed for showering. That was the most water and fuel conservative (other than the standing pilot) available. I love the electronic ignition and control from inside the trailer. But the non-adjustable thermostat is almost too high a price to pay.
To side track this thread a bit.... I've got a 1 year old, totally manual RV water heater (I built a self-contained, portable wash station for my shop). Would swapping those water heaters be worth it?