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Old 10-01-2016, 01:16 PM   #21
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leave the water on it will only run when needed

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Old 10-01-2016, 01:31 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Cigarman View Post
Same here. I turn it on and leave it on. I like the convenience and would probably forget to turn it on until right before I needed it.

Thanks for asking the question, cuz I did wonder what others thought was best.

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Old 10-01-2016, 04:15 PM   #23
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We have a 2012 Rockwood MiniLite #2304. When we're on shore
power the hot water tank is on all the time on electric. However
after about 4 or 5 days I've noticed there will be no hot water.
Have to turn the switch off, wait 10 seconds & turn it back on &
away it goes.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:33 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by dukeboone View Post
If I'm on hookups I leave the water heater on (unless I turn the water supply off, which I do when I leave for an extended period). If I'm dry camping I leave the water heater off until I need it, it seems to heat really fast on propane, and I really don't need it to maintain the hot water all day long.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:30 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by NMWildcat View Post
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😁
I always left mine on. I was just curious if I wasn't supposed to as I hadn't heard or read anything about it. There have been a few things I was surprised to find out.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:38 AM   #26
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When we camp, it is always on. When we get home from a trip, the wh is turned off, anode removed/re taped and loosely installed to keep varmints out and pressure relief valve is opened to drain. Been doing it like this for years with no problems.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:14 AM   #27
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I was going to say that I do the same as the old man but then it occured to me that I AM the old man!

Since mine is propane only I keep it off until needed.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:52 AM   #28
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I figure 11 years is good life from the water heater. Yea, i just replaced mine after 11 years. When I have had it on gas, once hot it only comes on maybe 4 times a day for a few minutes to maintain water temps. Guess Im used to being at home with plentymof hot water.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:03 AM   #29
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I've been experimenting with turning it off if we leave for the day on an excursion and when we go to bed at night. I've found that our tank is well insulated and the water stays reasonably warm if the heater is off for 8 hours. Not hot, but more than room temp. So I really don't think it uses much propane if you leave it on without a water demand.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:07 AM   #30
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Water heater - Always on or only when needed?

When I first bought my camper, I took it on a 1400 mile drive to Orlando. I left the water heater on propane the entire drive down and it emptied one of my propane tanks. Ever since, I leave it off until about 15 minutes before I want hot water.


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