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Old 03-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #1
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running electric and propane hot water same time?

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newbie here. can I run both electric and propane at same time to help recovery?

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I do. Electric all the time and propane only when we are taking showers then I turn it off.
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^^^^what he said^^^^
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #4
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Run both all the time when we go camping.
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I have found the electric supplies more than enough hot water for doing dishes. Flip the propane on for the higher demand of showers.
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"doing dish's"?

With the exception of two coffee cups one shot glass we do dish's in a plastic bag to the dumpster when we walk the dog.

Camping is for fun not house work.
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X5, or 6 or 7, anywho, I lost count. But, yes you can. Just don't flip on the electric to the heater if you don't have water in the tank. That'll burn out your element in seconds.
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"doing dish's"?

With the exception of two coffee cups one shot glass we do dish's in a plastic bag to the dumpster when we walk the dog.

Camping is for fun not house work.
dishes are minimal. Couple pots and grilling utensils, coffee cup in morning. Sometimes we have multiple families gather for dinner, so extra dishes just for food prep and serving. Almost always disposable plates and silverware. Beverages come in cans in a box of 30, conveniently fit in outside fridge for quick access
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Hi,


newbie here. can I run both electric and propane at same time to help recovery?

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You can absolutely run both at the same time, and the system is designed for it.

HOWEVER: if you have a 30 amp RV, you will have to practice energy management even more so, when the electric heating element is on.

A Suburban water heater electric element uses around 1400 watts when it is energized.

To put it in simple terms, this is usually around 12 amps.....so you only have 18 amps available to run other things (30-12=18) if the electric heating element is energized at the same time.

An air-conditioner can average 14 amps or better itself. Microwaves use a lot too. Hair dryers, coffee pots, etc use a lot of electric too.

So in short, if you do have your electric heating element on, you may need to turn it off, when trying to use other appliances to keep from tripping the breakers...............if you have a 30 amp trailer. You just have to practice energy management.

Those who have 50 amp RV's, don't usually have to worry about these things, as their systems are in actuality 50 amps X 2, or 100 total amps. They can run most of all their stuff at the same time, including disco balls, indoor bowling alleys, etc. LOL

Being a newbie, here is some further reading, that may help:

http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformat...lectricity.asp

normal appliance amp draws
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Again, yes. The electric will save you quite a bit on propane if you like keeping hot water around full time. In the past I kept it turned off and had to wait for hot water, now I just turn the propane side on along with the electric. The propane gets it there, the electric maintains it nicely.
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