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Old 09-30-2016, 08:45 PM   #11
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On, as long as I am there I turn the water off if I will be away for long so the water heater is turned off in the event of a leak.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:15 PM   #12
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On, as long as I am there I turn the water off if I will be away for long so the water heater is turned off in the event of a leak.
Interesting concept I never thought of. We also turn water spigot off if leaving for a few hours, but never gave thought to shutting off water heater when shutting water off....I also question how long the switch will last with the constant shutting off.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:47 PM   #13
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I leave the water spigot on all the time just like hot water heater. I sleep at night and when I wake I want hot water to wash up, my face, DW likes the water to be hot when she wakes up. Me I like to sleep late, I sure don't want to go outside and turn the water spigot on or listen to DW about why the water is cold.


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Old 09-30-2016, 09:49 PM   #14
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Just came back today from a 5 day camping trip to the lake and we turned ours on Sunday and off today when we left the site.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:12 PM   #15
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I think one thing to consider is once the water is hot even leaving it on, unless it's cold outside, it really doesn't run that often or very long.
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I leave the water spigot on all the time just like hot water heater. I sleep at night and when I wake I want hot water to wash up, my face, DW likes the water to be hot when she wakes up. Me I like to sleep late, I sure don't want to go outside and turn the water spigot on or listen to DW about why the water is cold.


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Only time I shut the spigot is if we are away a long time so as not to come back to a leak inside...at night we leave it on.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:30 PM   #17
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One time I was camping at 8000 feet and turning on the water heater caused the CO alarm to go off. After reading the manual, you're supposed to have it rejetted if camping at elevation due to incomplete combustion. Since then I've never been comfortable with having something combusting while I sleep even though most of the time I camp below 500'. As a result I just g turn it on 30 min before I want to shower. That's the only time I need/want hot water.

I suppose if I had electric it would be a non-issue.
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Old 10-01-2016, 02:32 AM   #18
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Zowie... Another item to add to my list of RV subjects that folks over think We never turned ours off when we had a tank, and we always ran propane and electric at the same time. Now we have tankless, non-issue😁
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:32 AM   #19
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Interesting concept I never thought of. We also turn water spigot off if leaving for a few hours, but never gave thought to shutting off water heater when shutting water off....I also question how long the switch will last with the constant shutting off.
Perhaps I am overly cautious but it is an easy thing to do.

The water will stay hot for some time so if I turn the water heater back on when I get back the water is hot enough to use within a few minutes.

As for the switch wearing out, off and on may be harder on the contacts than on all the time.
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We use electric for hot water - not big dry campers. I control the hot water by the breaker. I generally only wash dishes once a day - after supper. I flip the breaker on just after supper and the water is hot by the time I have my after dinner coffee. I flip the breaker off before bed just in an effort to conserve a bit and perhaps save the campground (usually Provincial Parks) a buck or two. Even after a cool fall night the water is still warm for washing up in the morning.
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