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Old 03-15-2015, 08:23 PM   #1
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Basic RV 101 questions

I am a first time TT owner and I have some very basic questions.

* When TT is set up is it best to leave water heater on or use it when needed?

* Water Heater best powered by gas or elect when set up?

* When towing is it better to use the inverter to power refrig or gas?

We are taking a 3 day shakedown trip that's about 5 miles from dealer, then at the end of the month the learning curve steepens with a trip from Louisiana to California.


Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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We always leave the heater on

Use electric, you are already paying for it with the site.

Gas
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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As you will be wanting hot water on demand, it is best to keep it on. The gas feature will heat up your water faster but this cost you propane. You already pay for electric, so that is essentially free but it will heat up slower.

I like to tow using the gas feature on the fridge because it works better on propane than electric DC current.

Hope this helps and hope you have a great time in your new rig.

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Old 03-15-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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I leave the hot water heater on elect...but we I first set up I usually turn on gas first just to get a cycle on it. Make sure you have water going through hot water heater. If you leave camper for sight seeing etc turn off water source and hwh too. Frig is another thing that is often disagree upon so I will not comment on it..just research it.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:40 PM   #5
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you want to leave the water heater on while using the trailer. you can actually use both gas and electric for unlimited hot water, good if you have kids and you all shower.gas costs you more money if you have power hook up at the site use electricity. my fridge will switch to gas from electric as soon as i pull the plug at home and head out. i have never had a problem running the fridge on gas when traveling. some people say you need to turn the pilot light off while fueling at the gas station but i never do and feel it is not needed. you will get different thoughts on this. good luck and have a great trip. one word of advice, do NOT turn on the water heater with the water tank empty. it will burn up the element in seconds. make sure the tank has water in it before turning it on.

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Old 03-15-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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For the water heater, use electric when ever you can, but always turn it off when you travel. That way you don't instantly turn on the heater when you plug in at the next campground before you've got the water hooked up and the water heater full. You can use propane on the refrigerator when traveling. Some will caution you to turn the gas off if you stop to fuel up you tow vehicle. I never have, and so far I've not blown myself up.
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I am a first time TT owner and I have some very basic questions.

* When TT is set up is it best to leave water heater on or use it when needed?

* Water Heater best powered by gas or elect when set up?

* When towing is it better to use the inverter to power refrig or gas?

We are taking a 3 day shakedown trip that's about 5 miles from dealer, then at the end of the month the learning curve steepens with a trip from Louisiana to California.


Thanks in advance for your advice.
Do you mean "CONVERTER"[110vac to 12vdc] rather than "INVERTER"[12vdc to 110vac]? Did your unit come with an inverter?
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:11 PM   #8
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I have an inverter installed as OEM, Thanks for the advice
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:13 PM   #9
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Thanks, I guess it would be a good idea to hook the water up first?
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:38 PM   #10
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When Im set up at camp I have the hw on electric. When we shower I turn the gas on and then off when done.
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