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Old 10-02-2016, 09:11 AM   #31
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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.
That's one heck of a lot of propane. Are you sure the tank was actually full when you left?
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:15 AM   #32
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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.
I am fairly sure posters are talking about turning WH on/off once you are set up at a campground. I don't know of anyone that travels with a TT or 5'r and has the WH turned on while on the road.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:24 AM   #33
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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😁
After thinking about this more, one of our first 5'rs had an exceptionally loud WH that was close to the bedroom. We did turn that one off at night so it wouldn't wake us up every time it kicked on. OP, I'm sure after using your rig for awhile you will decide what works best for you when it comes to managing your hot water
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I was new to the whole RV things so I will chock this up as a newbie mistake.

Now that you mention it, I doubt the tank was full. This was our first trip with it after bringing it home from the dealer so I have no way of knowing just how much was in there at the time.
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We run ours only on ele now that we are camping in State Parks,,, we turn it on about an hour before we need it,,, and off the evening before we leave,,, it is still pretty hot in the morning !!! We do not use any more propane that we have to,,, we use a hot plate so that we do not use the stove unless we have to,,, all meat is cooked on our little grill !!! Which does mean we must buy small tanks from time to time !!!
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Yea we hardly ever use the stove, I cook outside. The hot water heater and the furnace in winter. We hardly ever turn our propane hot water on. We use campground electric for hot water


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Years ago we camped with friends in a park where they had shares,,, we only use ele,,, it was like free,,, we even used ele grills & ele fry pans outside !!!
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We run ours only on ele now that we are camping in State Parks,,, we turn it on about an hour before we need it,,, and off the evening before we leave,,, it is still pretty hot in the morning !!! We do not use any more propane that we have to,,, we use a hot plate so that we do not use the stove unless we have to,,, all meat is cooked on our little grill !!! Which does mean we must buy small tanks from time to time !!!
not to derail, but being in the US, you have the option to refill those small tanks from a 20 pound tank with an adapter (I purchased mine from Cabelas). I can refill for pennies, as opposed to buying new small green bottles for a couple of dollars. And every year, I will recycle my small green bottles and replace them with new ones that someone else just bought for the weekend trip....

Back to the OP's question though, if plugged into the campground power, the WH is on all the time. If dry camping, it depends on how much hot water we need. Can usually heat enough water for dishes on my Coleman stove while enjoying a beer and save on propane..... Although the Coleman fuel isn't getting any cheaper either.... Still looking for a cheaper alternative to that...

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I am fairly sure posters are talking about turning WH on/off once you are set up at a campground. I don't know of anyone that travels with a TT or 5'r and has the WH turned on while on the road.
I fill my water lines/water heater and put about 5-10 gal in fw tank, turn on frig and water heater before we leave for FL in Nov and it doesn't get turned off until we get home in late Feb, early Mar. It is on while on the road the entire trip to and from.
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I used to think that until I realized it was using more propane to heat it up between uses than just letting it maintain the heat.
I wondered the same thing. How did you "realize" that? What measurement or comparison led you to that conclusion? You can save me some time (and propane) if you figured this out with some measurements.
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