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Old 07-06-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Efficiency of Hot Water Heater?

We are in the process of purchasing a Jayco “Jay Feather Ultra Lite.” Seems the hot water heaters are all 6 gallons, and while I realize taking a bath or shower is not going to be like a “home experience” I was wondering how well the hot water system works in a TT? Do the hot water heaters recover any faster than a standard electrical or gas heater i.e. can you take a decent bath or shower?
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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The limiting factor for showers or baths is usually the size of your grey water holding tanks, not the size of the water heater. When we do not have a sewer hookup, our whole idea is to limit severely the amount of water that goes down the drain. If we have a sewer hookup, our six gallon water heater will provide all the hot water I care to use. Also, a gas/electric water heater can have both gas and electric elements on at the same time for a faster recovery. A large family and many showers in a row could deplete the hot water, however.
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Never tried the bath in my Jay Feather (at 6'2" I really don't think I'd fit). The hot water tank has plenty for a shower for me but my teenage daughters seem to run out.

All depends what you expect I guess.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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We ran out in our 28 BHBE during my shower (of course) which was after DH's shower and all 3 kids being bathed.
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The limiting factor for showers or baths is usually the size of your grey water holding tanks, not the size of the water heater. When we do not have a sewer hookup, our whole idea is to limit severely the amount of water that goes down the drain. If we have a sewer hookup, our six gallon water heater will provide all the hot water I care to use. Also, a gas/electric water heater can have both gas and electric elements on at the same time for a faster recovery. A large family and many showers in a row could deplete the hot water, however.
X2 at least and get the Oxygenics shower head and you'll never run out.
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Our first camper had a 6 gallon WH and it was just enough for me to shower, shave and shampoo before cooling. DW, all 100 pounds of her, had a less pleasurable time. The Oxygenics helped considerably but the answer is our current 10 gallon unit.

Recovery on gas is fast enough for us, but you can add the electric if you think you need the speed.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:40 PM   #7
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Our jayco has a Atwood 6 gallon quick recovery water heater and it works well. I keep it on electric all the time, but before shower time i swap it to electric and gas. With roughly 5-10 minutes between showers, family of 4 hasnt ran out of hot water yet. Im usually last also because i get ready the quickest....nothing like camping with 3 females lolol. My shower head doesnt cut off either, so it runs the whole time.
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If it's gas and elec and you run both it equals a 10 gal.
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Our jayco has a Atwood 6 gallon quick recovery water heater and it works well. I keep it on electric all the time, but before shower time i swap it to electric and gas. With roughly 5-10 minutes between showers, family of 4 hasnt ran out of hot water yet. Im usually last also because i get ready the quickest....nothing like camping with 3 females lolol. My shower head doesnt cut off either, so it runs the whole time.
Funny, I take the last shower because I take the longest.... it's me, DH, and 3 boys
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DW and I have never run ours out of hot water (6 gallon gas/electric). Like others here, I leave the electric on all the time, but turn on the gas before DW goes in (she goes first). Usually by the time she's done in the bathroom (brush hair, teeth, lotion...), the tank has had time to recover. I have been known to take Navy showers even on full hookups, so that helps. She will only use Navy protocol if I beg her. I turn the gas off on my way to the bedroom.

I think some of it depends on how cold the city water (or tank water) is. The colder it is, the more hot you need to mix in to make it comfortable, thus depleting the tank faster.

If you really want to know, then test it at home. Get the shower to a comfortable temp, and run it. Time how long it takes for the HW to run out, then you could base everyone's time limit on your findings.
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