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Old 10-02-2016, 12:34 PM   #41
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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 just leave mine on all the time when camping.
Actually, leaving it on uses more. Newton's law of cooling.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:36 PM   #42
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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.
And now I know of somebody that does turn on the WH while traveling down the road
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:44 PM   #43
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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
Oh I'll be leaving mine on. I was just wondering if it was common to turn it off. I like warm water if I have to get up in the middle of the night to wash my hands.
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Old 10-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #44
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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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Actually, leaving it on uses more. Newton's law of cooling.
I got curious a few years ago and had a couple of dry camping weekends. The temps were the same and I used the trailer almost exactly the same both weekends. Weighed the bottles before and after both trips. The first week I turned it on once in the afternoon before use and let it cool until the next afternoon. The second week I just left it on. Leaving it on used roughly half than turning it off did. Now....that's far from scientific and that probably didn't account for all of that difference. It was fairly cool outside, so I figure that it cooled off more from day to day. Were it warm out, I don't think there would be really any difference. However, I can tell you from experience that my light bill at home is considerably less if I let it maintain a temperature than if I set my thermostat higher when I'm not home and then try to cool it off later, so I figured this would be along the same lines.
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Old 10-02-2016, 02:23 PM   #45
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I usually turn ours on for about an hour after we get done setting up for hand washing and little things that need hot water. Then about a half hour before showers I turn it on again. I understand and appreciate others ideas and opinions but don't really need the water heater cycling off and on during the day.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:21 PM   #46
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I shut mine off at night mostly because the switch glows bright blue and annoys me when trying to sleep.
The bright blue switch lights for both the water pump and water heater bothers my wife when trying to sleep. I bought one the square framed wall art items (you can find them at Meijer, WalMart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.) that just hangs over and covers the control panel with a command strip hook. The deep frame covers the light from the front and sides. We found one for about $10 that had a Thoreau quote and woodland scene that matches the interior of the camper well, wife sleeps soundly, and I am able to leave the water pump and water heater on.
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:23 AM   #47
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The bright blue switch lights for both the water pump and water heater bothers my wife when trying to sleep. I bought one the square framed wall art items (you can find them at Meijer, WalMart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.) that just hangs over and covers the control panel with a command strip hook. The deep frame covers the light from the front and sides. We found one for about $10 that had a Thoreau quote and woodland scene that matches the interior of the camper well, wife sleeps soundly, and I am able to leave the water pump and water heater on.
I have never figured out why appliances and devices went to that blue light. We got new appliances last year and our stove has the blue leds for the clock and it's extremely bright compared to the green our old stove had.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:49 AM   #48
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We keep our home about 6 to 8 degrees cooler @ night when we are in bed,,, temp goes to 62 @ bedtime,,, and use an Inferred heater in our living room during the day time,,, we pretty much ware sweets all winter,,, our ele bill is up some,,, but we are still saving $$$,,, we have cut out propane use just about in half !!! In fact we have cut it down to the point where the Propane Co. wants to charge us now for tank rental !!! Can't win for loosing !!!
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On my older camper I had a water heater with a pilot light. That pilot light maintained the water temperature and the burner never fired up unless I was doing dishes or taking a shower. With my direct spark, I have heard the heater come on during the night. I sort of wonder which of the two types uses more propane. I don't think the pilot light used much at all, and it maintained the temperature so that the burner rarely came on.
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On my older camper I had a water heater with a pilot light. That pilot light maintained the water temperature and the burner never fired up unless I was doing dishes or taking a shower. With my direct spark, I have heard the heater come on during the night. I sort of wonder which of the two types uses more propane. I don't think the pilot light used much at all, and it maintained the temperature so that the burner rarely came on.
Gas use by Pilot lights is the main reason they started using igniters !!!
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