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Old 03-15-2015, 11:07 PM   #11
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One other tip. If you have 2 propane tanks, use just one at a time. That way, you'll have a full tank ready to use when the first one goes empty.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:08 PM   #12
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One other tip. If you have 2 propane tanks, use just one at a time. That way, you'll have a full tank ready to use when the first one goes empty.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:01 PM   #13
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We don't leave the water heater on. We turn it on about 15 minutes prior to needing hot water. I wouldn't want to use the propane or electric just to keep water hot if we are not going to use it.
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I'm pretty conservative or maybe a little paranoid but when we are in the trailer we leave the water and the water heater on. When we leave or go to bed we turn the water off and turn the water heater off (unless it's freezing outside). We always have some water in the tank so if we need to get up in the middle of the night we just turn the pump on then back off when we go back to bed.


Electric water heater is on when we are there for most of our needs and then the propane is also switched on a little before we take showers. That and an Oxygenetics showerhead make for a pretty good shower.
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We leave the refrigerator on Auto so it switches from electric to gas while traveling and back to electric when hooked to shore power. We leave the water heater on gas and electric all the time. It uses very little propane and get a much quicker recovery. Also switched both high limits on the water heater to 140į and use less hot water.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:55 PM   #16
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Water heater just leave mine on on electric and turn on gas also if needing more hot water or quick heat up. Always have water hooked up before turning on the water heater. As far as towing with fridge on propane is not recommended. If I had an inverter that would power the fridge on ac I would use it when traveling. Would be safer as no open flame. They don't have a pilot and are electronic 12 volt ignition.
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We turn the HWH on in the morning and off at night. As it is under the bed, the first time it fired while we were sleeping, it woke me up. It gets the water hot so fast, never a problem to just turn it on when we wake up.
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We turn the HWH on in the morning and off at night. As it is under the bed, the first time it fired while we were sleeping, it woke me up. It gets the water hot so fast, never a problem to just turn it on when we wake up.
Both the frig and wh are as far away from the bedroom as possible, opposite ends of the trailer and as such, never hear either altho' the frig is really quiet if we don't have shore power which is extremely rare.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:10 AM   #19
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Thanks, I guess it would be a good idea to hook the water up first?
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We connect the electricity first to power the slides and stabilizers off shore power. Water comes next. Make sure the winterizing bypass valve is shut and the cold inlet and hot outlet valves are open. Open all faucets one at a time, bleeding air out at each faucet. Bleed air at the toilet, also.
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It seems 90% of the time we are in a RV Park so hereís what I do when we get to a park, well let me start at the end so the beginning makes more sense.

Lastly, when we get home we use an air compressor and a special fitting that goes onto the air hose and connects to the city water connection to blow all the water out of the trailer unless itís only going to be a few days before we use the trailer again.So when we get to a sight we;

1. Level the trailer E/W
2. Block the wheels
3. Level the trailer N/S
4. Hook up the electricity including Surge Guard
5. Hook up cable
6. Hook up city water using quick connects
7. Hook up sewer hose and support
8. Go inside and put the slides out
9. Program the TV(takes a while) even more if you leave the booster on from last time.
10. Fill the WH and flush all the lines.
11. Take the sticky note off the WH switch that says WH Tank Empty. The sticky note is a 1 cent insurance policy.
12. Turn on the electric side of the WH

All this takes between 2 and 3 beers depending on how thirsty I am. Itís part of the adventure.
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