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Old 04-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #11
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"Unlimited" meaning I always have hot water after 4 adult showers. Guests first; then DW; then me. It is a 6 gallon Suburban. Using both the electric element and the gas seems to keep up with the demand for us.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:43 PM   #12
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Just messing with you. Ours seem to recover from one shower in about 5 -10 minutes but there are only 2 of us using it and we never run out either.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:58 PM   #13
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We have never run out of hot water so far using just the electric side of it. If I want a real long hot shower...I throw my towel over my shoulder and up to the bathhouse I go. Everytime I have used the TT shower..always had hot water, but I have never taken a shower after the DW has. It might be a different story then...
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #14
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A lot of newbie's forget or don't realize they are not at home with a 40 gallon plus hw heater and believe they can take a 10 minute shower on 6/10 gallons times x amount of people !
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:22 PM   #15
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Gas provides a lot more BTU's than the electric side can through the heating element.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:38 PM   #16
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I just looked at the specs for a Suburban 6 gallon water heater.
10.3 GPH on gas, 6.1 GPH on electric, 16.4 GPH with both. So, gas is about 1.5 times faster than gas. So, in theory, if you use less than 16 gallons of hot water per hour (about 0.25 GPM) using both gas and electric, you would never run out of hot water.
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so one quart per minute ??? ?
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We do take "Navy Showers" and it works just fine for us.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #19
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We do take "Navy Showers" and it works just fine for us.
my dw and I do to Herk but the kids head to the shower house since they think its child abuse to have to do that !
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We used the electric side most of the time to conserve our propane and use both gas and electric when demand becomes higher. Also we turn both off at night, to save gas and element and turn back on in the moring, usually have hot or warm water left over.
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