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Old 04-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Tankless Water Heater

When I get my TT, I'm seriously considering replacing the stock water heater with a tankless water heater, such as this one since it takes a long hot shower to work the kinks out of my carcass in the morning and I'm going to also have a washer/dryer.

Has anyone had any experience with a tankless water heater like this?
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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Should work OK but you will be limited to using RV parks.. as a long shower will empty your freshwater tank fast and fill your gray... I find that with a water saver shower head my 6 gal does good for me.. (I like long hot showers too)
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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And you will have to use your propane for all hot water vs electricity when at a park with electricity which you are most likely already paying for.
I have an water saving shower head like this one http://www.oxygenics.com/bodyspa-shower.php.

I have a 12 gallon traditional RV hot water tank and I have never run out of hot water during a shower. I have a friend that uses a LOT of hot water during a shower and she has never run out either.
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-----------> Reallllllllly likes long hot showers <-------------

99.99% of the time we stay in campgrounds w/hookups. As long as I don't try to shower right after using hot water for something else, I usually have just enough of it to just stand in the 'awwwww moments' and wash up too. Don has learned to never plan a shower right after me

I've never heard of a tankless water heater before now so can't help ya there. Interesting. Thanks for the link!
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I'm not worried about using up the water tank or filling the gray water tanks since I'm going to have the dealer yank the tanks before I take delivery. I'll yank the toilet (unless the dealer and I can convince the factory to not install it in the first place) and replace with a "real" one that is more suitable for my ample asset (yes, they make toilets with a corner tank; I'll have to relocate the hole for the toilet flange), then replumb all the drain lines. I'll be making a park model out of the trailer I get.

I may not use all that much more propane than a conventional water heater. Tankless models heat the water only on demand. The gas doesn't get fired up until the unit senses water flow. A conventional water heater has to keep the tank full of water hot at all times, whether it is being used or not.
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I'm not sure of propane usage, but my understanding is they can really blow through some propane.I thought of putting a tankless in my house but was edvised not to because of energy use.
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I'm not sure of propane usage, but my understanding is they can really blow through some propane.I thought of putting a tankless in my house but was edvised not to because of energy use.
I have one in my house it lowered my gas bill.. but if you live in a freezing area they are not good.. most are only certified to 0 F
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I have one in my house it lowered my gas bill.. but if you live in a freezing area they are not good.. most are only certified to 0 F
I will move before it gets anywhere near that cold. That's part of the reason for getting a TT!
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I'm not sure of propane usage, but my understanding is they can really blow through some propane.I thought of putting a tankless in my house but was edvised not to because of energy use.
Forgive my curiousity (sounds nicer than skeptical) but where did you hear (or read) that advice?
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I work for utility and I asked someone in our marketing dept. that I know, but this was for home usage, and she adviced me against it but I am all electric except for butane gas logs.
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