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Old 03-31-2015, 09:24 AM   #11
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We have been camping in trailers with electric/LP dual heat water heaters
for ..... over 8 years. We typically have the electric water heat ON all the time. As soon as I plug in- I can hear it "singing" like a pot on the stove.
All were 30 amp rigs. In all that time we never- not
even one time tripped the main breaker either in the trailer or on the power
pole. We use a little heater when it's cold and brew coffee and make toast
on occasion. We did blow the 15 amp in the trailer breaker once or twice
when perking coffee with the heater on at the same time.
I added a separate dedicated breaker and outlet for the heater.
After that we never tripped a breaker again.

Yes you absolutely CAN overload the main 30A breaker in your trailer
or the one on the power pole but don't stress over it!
I like the price of "free or included" electricity vs LP plus the hassle of getting
the tanks filled.
OTOH, we never pull in a site and turn on the AC and leave. I see folks doing
that all the time. I am not wasting electricity just being frugal.
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Let me add to the issue of water quality. Any water entering my unit must pass thru a KDF/carbon filter which should help with water quality.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:00 AM   #13
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I find it funny that we pull campers and get from 5-11 mpg and then worry about maybe $10 worth of propane use for a water heater over 3 months of constant use.

I think it was old Robert Burton that said "Penny wise and pound foolish"
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I find it funny that we pull campers and get from 5-11 mpg and then worry about maybe $10 worth of propane use for a water heater over 3 months of constant use.

I think it was old Robert Burton that said "Penny wise and pound foolish"

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We full time and I use the propane side because we have a small freezer plugged into the outlet for the electric side of the water heater.
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All were 30 amp rigs.
What I was referring to has nothing to do with the 30 amp service in your rig; but the campground's provided service and the power available on the sites located along that service loop.

While it is true that you can pop the 30 amp breaker in your camper under a lower than normal voltage, you are more likely to pop the 20 amp breaker for your AC under low voltage compressor/fan motor start-up current.

These "unretouched" photos are of a heavily used campground's 30 amp loop voltage without AC (bottom) and the incoming voltage with my AC running (top).
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I think a lot of this.......propane or not, has to do with lifting those heavy suckers, when full, over the bracket and back into the 'hole'.
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I think a lot of this.......propane or not, has to do with lifting those heavy suckers, when full, over the bracket and back into the 'hole'.
True that...
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I find it funny that we pull campers and get from 5-11 mpg and then worry about maybe $10 worth of propane use for a water heater over 3 months of constant use.
Constant use??? I typically use 2 tanks a year and have paid
as much as $25 to fill each one AND I typically drive 40 min round trip
to fill them.
That's up to Fifty bucks a year plus gas.
I'll just use the electric heater thank you!

Thankfully LP has come down in the last year but still gonna cost me ~$35 to
fill 2 itty bitty 20 LB tanks.
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Constant use??? I typically use 2 tanks a year and have paid
as much as $25 to fill each one AND I typically drive 40 min round trip
to fill them.
That's up to Fifty bucks a year plus gas.
I'll just use the electric heater thank you!

Thankfully LP has come down in the last year but still gonna cost me ~$35 to
fill 2 itty bitty 20 LB tanks.

If I paid that much for propane it might be different. I just filled mine at tractor supply for $2.64 a gallon. Filled both 30# tanks for just a hair over 20 bucks. We camp about 40 nights a year and that easily makes it all season for us.
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