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Old 04-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #11
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One more thing to keep in mind is that the electric water heater element does use a few amps to run (can average 9-13 amps). If you have a 30 amp RV, you have to be mindful of how many amps you are using as you are limited to basically 30 amps total.

If you start tripping breakers because of overload, just turn the water heater element off. You may need to when running microwaves, air-conditioning, etc.
With a baby and a bottle heater, we blew the breaker on a 30amp site in Florida a few times before I finally switched to propane (and left it) for the water heater.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #12
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but
the propane is not an element
just a hot flame

Mountainman

ummm, can I claim typo?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:42 AM   #13
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yep.

here's teh quick intro to hot water on an RV:
1) RV water heaters have two heating elements; electric and propane
2) elements can be used in any combo - elect/no prop; no elect/prop; both
3) propane heats quicker 20-30 min, elect slower at an hourish or more
4)ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS turn on your water BEFORE turning on the electric element
5) electric elements burn out in 8 seconds if turned on with no water in the water heater

yep...that about covers it.
To add a little:
4A) Always open a hot water faucet and the water tank relief valve to be sure the tank is full of water. You can have water pressure but still have air trapped in the tank.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #14
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yep.

here's teh quick intro to hot water on an RV:
1) RV water heaters have two heating elements; electric and propane
2) elements can be used in any combo - elect/no prop; no elect/prop; both
3) propane heats quicker 20-30 min, elect slower at an hourish or more
4)ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS turn on your water BEFORE turning on the electric element
5) electric elements burn out in 8 seconds if turned on with no water in the water heater

yep...that about covers it.
1a) not All rv water heaters are both propane/electric. Some may be propane Only. No electric.

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #15
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Dummy me!

hOW WELL I KNOW YOU NEED TO FILL THE WATER HEATER FIST BEFORE POWER. I DID NOT REALIZE I HAD IT IN BY-PASS MODE TURNED ON WATER HAD WATER RUNNING FROM BOTH HOT SIDE AND COLD BUT THE HOT WOULD NOT HEAT. YEAP, YOU GUESSED IT BURNED UP A HEATING ELEMENT REAL QUICK...

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #16
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chevy2500, I almost did this. I got saved by a water leak and propane smell at the start of my last trip- so we had neither until the nearest RV dealer's owner came out to do some mobile RV repair for us. I knew to check for water and even tried the overflow/pressure release valve, just didn't know what I was doing. Fortunately, I hadn't turned it on before he found my winterization valves were still set to bypass the water heater. (I never would have guessed anything would come out of the hot side of the faucets like that - I thought they'd be empty. But, makes sense since you normally put antifreeze into them.) I got lucky.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:21 PM   #17
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good for you. I will remember this time. Planning to de-winterize camper this weekend and head out for a fews days next week with the wife!
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #18
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We use...electric at county & state parks koas.. its included with the dailey rate.. propane when snowbirding in Florida for 3 + months.. where.. WE.. pay a monthly electric meter rate.. and... camping world sells propane at $1.99 a gallon on tuesday and wednesdays
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:25 PM   #19
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good for you. I will remember this time. Planning to de-winterize camper this weekend and head out for a fews days next week with the wife!
I posted a glowing review of them. He saved my tush on that, the water leak and helped me figure out the propane smell. I definitely got lucky.

There are a few things I definitely won't forget - 1) how to really know my HW tank is full; 2) to double and triple-check the winterization valves; 3) to properly winterize my toilets.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:33 PM   #20
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Our current trailer is the first trailer we have owned that has a water heater that is both electric & propane..... I tend to leave it on gas just habit... It uses so little gas that I don't tend to think about it. If it were not for the furnace just using gas for the stove, grill, oven & water heater I usually only refill the tanks once a season.... Didn't think about the 30A service think I may just leave it on gas......

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