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Old 02-26-2016, 09:05 AM   #1
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How long should the hot water last?

I have only taken a shower in our 2016 Apex300BHS twice. The first time seemed fine, it was about a 5 minute shower.

I took a shower this past weekend while camping and MAYBE got 3 minutes of hot water. It was the middle of the day so we hadn't been using our water for dishes or anything for a while at that point.

I searched the posts here but didn't see anything that would guide me to find out if a) something isn't setup correctly b)how to correct it. The water tank is tiny, maybe 10 gallons at best. We were looking at maybe upgrading to unlimited supply but would prefer to conserve our propane for other things if possible. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

Or.. how long should the hot water last?

P.S. For those of you with young kids- how do you make them shower more quickly?
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:10 AM   #2
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We have a 6 gal and for the most part it lasted fairly long. I have not figured out the kid shower thing yet we have tried bribes and threats!
For a 10 gal tank you have longer hot. Those that know more than me on this topic will need to know the brand of your water heater. Maybe the thermostat is too low? Is yours electric and propane? Did you turn it off and take the shower, then all you had was the tank that was probably luke warm.
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Have you checked the bypass valve usually located behind the water heater itself. This is a lot of the times the culprit for low amounts of hot water.

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I'll be following this, as I have two pre-teen daughters...

One suggestion I ran across years ago for conserving water is to replace the shower head with a kitchen sink sprayer, so you have to hold the button down.

Spray down, lather up, spray down. May be a challenge for the girls to rinse their hair, though. Me, I'm follicly challenged.
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We have a 6 gal and for the most part it lasted fairly long. I have not figured out the kid shower thing yet we have tried bribes and threats!
For a 10 gal tank you have longer hot. Those that know more than me on this topic will need to know the brand of your water heater. Maybe the thermostat is too low? Is yours electric and propane? Did you turn it off and take the shower, then all you had was the tank that was probably luke warm.
It might not be a 10 gallon tank, that was my husbands guess. Hot water heater was on. The water was HOT, of course I mixed it with cold water to make them temp right, but after those 3 minutes it was ice cold.. brrrrr. I don't know if its electric and propane to be honest.
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Have you checked the bypass valve usually located behind the water heater itself. This is a lot of the times the culprit for low amounts of hot water.

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This thread may help and how to make sure your bypass valve is fully closed:

Hot water heater

Another thing, is do you have an outdoor shower, and have you used it or forgot to shut the water off at the taps there, but did so at the handheld wand itself. This can also allow cold water into the hot water line, and thus you won't have as long a shower of hot water until cold water starts pulling thru the hot water line. You have to make sure the outdoor shower is turned off at the hot/cold taps.

You are not going to be able to take showers like at your house, due to the size of the water heater, but should get more than 3 minutes worth.
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95% of our camping is boondocking at race tracks. 2 adults, 3 teens. I use the tried and true military shower..... IF they want a nice long hot shower they can use the shower house if there is one.

What is a military shower?

An initial thirty seconds or so are used to get wet, followed by soap and lather without running water, which is then rinsed off in a minute or less. The total time for the water being on is typically under two minutes. Navy showers originated on naval ships, where supplies of fresh water were often scarce.
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This thread may help and how to make sure your bypass valve is fully closed:

Hot water heater

Another thing, is do you have an outdoor shower, and have you used it or forgot to shut the water off at the taps there, but did so at the handheld wand itself. This can also allow cold water into the hot water line, and thus you won't have as long a shower of hot water until cold water starts pulling thru the hot water line. You have to make sure the outdoor shower is turned off at the hot/cold taps.

You are not going to be able to take showers like at your house, due to the size of the water heater, but should get more than 3 minutes worth.
Thanks. I sent the photo to my husband and he confirmed the bypass is in the right position. Shower is only turned on/off with the actual h/c water handle. I'm not expecting a long shower, but I have to be able to wash my hair... I just need 6 minutes or so.

How long does everyone else's last?
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Around 5 minutes seems about right. The suggestion of a "navy shower" is a good one.
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