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Old 04-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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Atwood Water Heater

Hi All,
I am a new guy waiting for the factory to finish building my 2015 Forester 3051S exactly the way I want, not something at has been laying of a lot for a long time with options nobody wants to pay extra for or been to a show with hundreds going through and kids standing on pulled out drawers and so on.
I have 6 weeks more to wait for it to be done then go to the dealer and pick it up. During deciding and since I ordered it, I have been learning about most of the changes from the 2014 3051S I saw at the Portland RV Show to the 2015 3051S is going to be like.
One of these changes is why I started this thread. The Atwood Water Heater, I am trying to find out which model that Forester decided to use. The "standard" or the XT. The XT produces more hot water from the same 6 gallon tank.
Atwood 6 gallon water heaters can produce as much hot water per hour as a 16 gallon water heater. You might want to visit their website it is very interesting in how they can do this. More performance and less cost to run.

So the question for the thread is. Has anybody taken delivery of a Forester with the Atwood Water Heater yet and what model number did you get?
Thank you your help in getting the answer.
And looking forward to learning from other owners on how they made theirs better.

allagante
Waiting for a 2015 3051S
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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Just got back in the office and confirmed that we do not use the XT. However, I'm not really sure its necessary.

According to Atwood "The XT heats the water to a much higher temp and we use a mixing valve on the back to mix in cold and bring it down to a useable / safe temp". They both have an 18gph recovery rate based on using gas and electric.

Why heat the water to a higher temp, only to mix it back down to a safe temp, unless you let ME determine the mix" (as in leave it hot enough to scald myself but mix it at the end process) Otherwise I'm already losing some of the benefits of the higher water temp and I'm guessing I'm using a lot more energy to get that limited effect.
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