Very soon, I will be making a decision for my replacement hot water tank for the Roo and I wanted to ask if there is one better then the other and why. I think that i'll stick with the 6 gallon tank, but I'm still deciding on the electric/LP combo or go with LP only for now and add on an electric aftermarket element later on (which can void a warranty).
I read that the Atwood tanks are made of aluminum clad which eliminates the need for an aluminum anode rod and I can pick one up in the range of $300-$600, depending on the heating option. XT model's are slightly higher. It runs at 8800 btu/hour and has a 11.6 gallon recovery rate, +6.2 if i add the electric along with the gas option. The entire unit comes with a 2 year warranty.
The Suburban has porcelain-lined steel tanks and foam insulation on the outside of the tank (i thought they both had insulation, but i'm not sure). It runs at 12000 btu/hour and has a 10.2 gallon recovery rate, +6 if i get the electric along with the gas option. The tank has a 3 year warranty and the other parts have a 2 year warranty.
So there's pro's and con's of either one and they both do the same job. Does it just come down to the amout of money a person would want to spend?
Thank you for your input
Where we've been:
2000 Rockwood Roo M-18 Hybrid
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Auto 5.9 Diesel
Gone but not forgotten -1986 Rockwood 1003 PUP