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Old 04-24-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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Truma Comfort Update

Yesterday I went to the Truma service center in Lakeland Florida to have my Truma Basic water heater upgraded to the Comfort model. Beside the fact that the service center address is so new did not apppear on my GPS or iphone, it was a good experience. Dave, the manager and tech was awesome.

My motivation for the upgrade was to be able to de-calcify the unit myself. Since I live in Florida, freeze protection was not a major concern, unless I take Slo-Poke up on his offer to freeze in the desert one winter, which I may do some day. I also like the idea of preheated water getting to me quicker.

This morning I turned the unit on to “Comfort” and used my on board water pump. I took a five gallon bucket in to the shower and filed the bucket until the water got hot. I measured the water and it got hot in just 3 quarts or about 15 seconds where with the “Basic” I would count to about 25-30 Mississippi. I never did measure the amount of water to get hot with the basic. After lettting the water cool for an hour or so I turned on the kitchen faucet and had hot water in 15 seconds where as before it was well over a minute.


I am happy with the improvement. The installation looks very clean. I am thinking this is a worthwhile mod.

And thanks Ryan for the hookup with Truma
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:36 PM   #2
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Since I live in Florida, freeze protection was not a major concern, unless I take Slo-Poke up on his offer to freeze in the desert one winter, which I may do some day. I also like the idea of preheated water getting to me quicker.
Ha Ha! No we won't let you freeze in Moab!
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:25 PM   #3
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Faster hot water

I have never really measured a difference, but you can always make the unit basic by switching out of comfort. Since I boondock constantly, I will need to remember to put it in comfort before showers if your feel there is an appreciable difference in the time to get how water.

I want to look at RVermonts idea of bringing the hot water out of that bay and to the washer piping.

Glad it worked out well!
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:53 AM   #4
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If your looking to conserve water with the Truma comfort, then yes you would want to run it in comfort mode vs. eco mode when you anticipate using hot water. If you don't run it in comfort mode all the time like I do, just turn on comfort mode a few minutes before you want to use the hot water to give the burner time to heat the mixing tank.

Comfort mode keeps the mixing tank preheated to approx. 104 degrees all the time so you use a little more propane, but you will get this "preheated" water at the tap as fast as a more traditional tanked heater would give you, which also allows the burner time to fire up and heat new incoming water up to 120 degrees. The mixing tank also is why you will no longer encounter the cold water sandwich while taking a navy shower or turning the hot water on and off while doing dishes.
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