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Old 07-08-2014, 08:43 PM   #11
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I have a seasonal site and I turn the electric hot water on when I arrive and leave it on until I leave. I only turn the gas on too if there's a que for the shower. I've never had a breaker blow but I haven't used the AC either. Something to think about if it gets hot.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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Get up in morning, turn on water heater on propane, leave on till after breakfast dishes, leave off till supper dishes then leave it on for about 1 hour and after taking shower then turn it off and start all over the next morning. Did this last year and we only used 7 gallons of propane in 6 weeks. Also cooked on the stove. During the day washing hands the water was still hot.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:46 PM   #13
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If we are at an electric site, the water heater is on (electric) when we arrive to camp and is turned off when we leave. We have a 30 amp shore power. I have never tripped the main using the water heater along with the ac or microwave.
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If you are using city water inlet; does the water heater automatically fill up and if it does do you empty when you store?
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:01 PM   #15
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Get up in morning, turn on water heater on propane, leave on till after breakfast dishes, leave off till supper dishes then leave it on for about 1 hour and after taking shower then turn it off and start all over the next morning. Did this last year and we only used 7 gallons of propane in 6 weeks. Also cooked on the stove. During the day washing hands the water was still hot.
Exactly, adds up doesn't it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:02 PM   #16
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If you are using city water inlet; does the water heater automatically fill up and if it does do you empty when you store?
I know it fills when you connect to city water but I don't think it empties unless you drain it.

On my first trip last year I discovered the hot water tank fills but the fresh water tank doesn't. Seemed odd at the time but makes sense now.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:42 PM   #17
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If you are using city water inlet; does the water heater automatically fill up and if it does do you empty when you store?
I turn the hot water tap on in the kitchen sink after hooking up to city water, then when water starts to flow i turn on the water heater.

I also have never tripped anything by using the water heater with ac and/or microwave.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:33 AM   #18
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kodes, you probably have not had all three drawing power at the same time. The chances are when the AC and microwave were on the water heater thermostat had it cut off.

AC = 13 amps + microwave 10 amps + water heater 15 amps = 38 amps.

If you have a 50 amp RV you've got it covered. But if you have 30 amp service either the pedestal breaker or the RV breaker WILL trip if all three are demanding power at the same time.
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If we are at an electric site, the water heater is on (electric) when we arrive to camp and is turned off when we leave. We have a 30 amp shore power. I have never tripped the main using the water heater along with the ac or microwave.

Same here.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:50 AM   #20
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Electric on when we plug in at the site, gas on only for shower time at night, electric off when we unplug. We even stopped turning it on during our prep time in the driveway, no real reason, just no need for it to be on...
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