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Old 04-30-2016, 11:58 AM   #11
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Re: Is the Truma AquaGo an instant hot water heater that will actually work?
Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 06:00:48 PM

I've been looking at tankless water heaters for about 10 months now because my wife and I have decided to buy an RV when we retire and one of the concerns that I have about spending months on the road is that one of the things I truly enjoy in life is a long hot shower in the morning. What I have discovered is that there were only two rv tankless heaters when I started looking and one new on the market a couple of months ago. The RV500 (now 550) has the best consumer feedback but is the priciest at just over $1000. For about half that you can purchase a Girard but the complaints about it are numerous. Recently Atwood added a tankless model that is less costly than tha RV500 and rumor has it that they had some input from the folks who make the RV550. Since I'm not in the immediate need for this product I haven't looked to see what kind of consumer feedback is available.

Having said all of that, the Truma, with it's apparent hybrid technology, looks interesting but, being the cautious individual that I am, I would never buy anything that costs over a couple of bucks until it was on the market long enough for me to evaluate it's true worth.
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:01 PM   #12
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Re: Is the Truma AquaGo an instant hot water heater that will actually work?
Reply #18 on: June 08, 2015, 06:22:10 PM

Ok, I can now give a complete update on the Truma.

It works wonderfully. There are no temperature fluctuations once you set it to the temperature you want. You can reduce the flow amount of hot water and cold water if you are boondocking and not worry about having enough water flow to continue to get hot water as with other on demand hot water heaters. I begin to get hot water about 10 second after I turn it on from a cold start. (How long does it take for a standard hot water heater to heat up the water to be usable?) You will use that same amount of water with a standard hot water heater to flush out the cooler water in your lines so no difference there.

The limits to it are obvious. It only runs on propane so no hot water when you run out of it. If you are not at a full hookup, then you are also limited by your holding tank and the amount of fresh water you have. You will be tempted to take longer showers but that is not so bad as you can control that ... maybe (lol)

So, at this point, there is one on demand hot water heater that actually works well.
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:02 PM   #13
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end user cost to refit with truma..

I paid $1199.00 for the Comfort model. Dealers can sell it as low as $1133.00 from what I have read.
My outside cover (standard one) cost me $60.00.
My installation cost me $350.00 but that was because of the peculiarities of my camper (Trailmanor) the installer had to deal with and it was also his first Truma install. I think most can expect to pay $250.00. I think they have now installed 4 of them.
My Truma dealer bought my original hot water heater (never really used) for $200.00 so total out of pocket for me (except local taxes) was $1409.00.

Where skill was important on the install was dealing with changing the propane line. On my Suburban it was on the left side of the tank (looking at it from outside the trailer) and the Truma is on the right side. The Truma has two ways to run the propane line. One is straight through the back of the unit and then bend it to hook it up. The second way is to run it outside of the Truma up to the front and then connect it through another opening right where the connection fitting is. My installer attempted to do it the second way first but that did not work for my situation so he then went back to the first way and that was successful. Another reason why the installer had some issues is that the Suburban hot water heater was mounted about 10 inches off the floor on a frame built by Trailmanor. We had no choice but to do that same kind of install for the Truma because of where the access hole for the hot water heater is on the outside of the camper. The Truma is smaller in length than the Suburban so we had to build supports to make it solid with the existing framework. Thus the additional time and expense for me.
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x2 for boondocking it sucks. ill take tankless for our camping.
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We just had a 6 gallon tank heater installed to replace the on demand failure. Apparently its the only size that fits in the space according to the Jayco dealer. My issue with the situation is this motorhome comes with a generous fresh, grey and black tank capacity, has 2 coach batteries and a generator. Seems off grid camping was a consideration of Jayco. But they failed miserably, the water pump they chose will never produce the flow necessary for success with this water heater.
I stepped into a shower with tepid water that suddenly went to flash sear, enough to produce a mild burn, then the water heater shut down sending fresh tank water that was near 40 degrees like the exterior air.
No where in the Precept brochure does it state that off grid camping will render the on demand water heater dangerous, then non-existent.
Whats the point of generous tank size, multiple batteries and a generator if the water heater is not functional in such a situation?
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:23 AM   #16
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truma on winnebagos

You're in Hot Water

Revolutions in RV components dont come along every day, so its a pretty big deal when you experience the instant-on, never run out of hot water Truma AquaGo system that is now being offered as an option in select Winnebago models!
Read Kathy Holcombe's review of the AquaGo System while boondocking

Truma AguaGo – Boondocker Heaven | WinnebaGoLife
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