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Old 01-27-2015, 07:39 AM   #11
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And boost your tank temperature if it has that adjustment (not all do).
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:48 AM   #12
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My last camper had a 6 gallon wh and was more than sufficient for several showers at a time.
Albeit we used gas and electric for quicker recovery.
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If a bunch of us will be showering, I will turn on the gas heater in addition to the electric. It seems to keep up better when both heaters are running, but we do still need to take start & stop showers.

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:36 PM   #14
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Any way to increase size of Hot Water Tank

OK I just have exagerated expectations for a 5 gallon hot water tank. Do they make larger hot water tanks? I would gladly sacrifice closet space for a larger tank. Looks like it would be an easy instal. Any one have any experience with this proposed project?
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I'm not going to say I'm familiar with a Mini Lite but I'd say that your space may be limited and you also may need to think about the weight of a bigger tank. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket with water and then fill up another. That's at least another 40 lbs.

Taking a trip to the shower house for a longer shower might need to be thought about.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:49 PM   #16
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They do make a larger size tank but you would have to make the hole larger for it to fit. The also make a on demand water heater that is the same size as the 6 gal. Do not know how well the on demand will work. Have heard bad reviews.
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I have 10 gal hot water heater. I think it is just a deeper tank so if have the room behind it go for it.
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6 gallons has never been a problem for our family of 4. Navy showers, wait 5-10 minutes before the next one starts. Make sure the thermostat is set at its highest setting.
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6 gallons has never been a problem for our family of 4. Navy showers, wait 5-10 minutes before the next one starts. Make sure the thermostat is set at its highest setting.
Yep....navy shower is a must and as others have mentioned run electric and propane at the same time during peak showering.
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SW6DE 6 12000/1440 10.2/6.0 12-11/16" 12-11/16" 19-3/16" 34.3 82.6 SW10DE 10 12000/1440 10.2/6.0 16-7/32" 16-7/32" 20-1/2" 45.5 126.5
This is from the suburban site. As you can see there is a difference in the opening size of the water heaters.
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