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Old 09-30-2016, 03:17 PM   #1
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Water heater - Always on or only when needed?

So on my last camping trip a neighboring camper (older gentlemen in his 60s) gave me a tour of his camper. I noticed his water heater wasn't on and he said he doesn't turn in on till about an hour before he needs it. He camps by himself. He mentioned it'll save the water heater in the long run especially since they're so expensive to replace.

What about you guys? Not necessary or worth while to leave it off?

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Old 09-30-2016, 03:19 PM   #2
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I do what the old guy does. Don't know if he's right--haven't had mine that long--but I don't see much point in wasting the propane to keep the water warm.

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Old 09-30-2016, 03:24 PM   #3
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Never gave it much thought. As far as use cost goes if you are running off AC that is part of your site fee. Propane is your cost. As far as longevity goes I camp a min of 50 nights a year. So it's only on 50 days out of the year. My unit at home is on 24-365. The on/off switch may wear out before the heater.

IMHO just turn it on when you get there and turn it off when you leave unless dry camping..
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:48 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:00 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dalford View Post
IMHO just turn it on when you get there and turn it off when you leave unless dry camping..
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.
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:13 PM   #6
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I shut mine off at night mostly because the switch glows bright blue and annoys me when trying to sleep.

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Old 09-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #7
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Like at home, my hot water heater stays on all the time. In a FHU campground the electric hot water heater is on

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Old 09-30-2016, 07:23 PM   #8
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I use the electric for my hot water. Plus to remember to turn it on before showers.. or before needing to wash dishes would be too annoying and we would forget.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:26 PM   #9
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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 09-30-2016, 07:41 PM   #10
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I stayed in my previous FR RV for 2 yrs straight and left it on all the time(electric) and only had one issue with it, had to replace the thermostat once. I believe it was $10.00 and 10 minutes to fix.

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