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Old 08-21-2015, 10:07 PM   #1
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Electricity for Water Heater?

Having run out of gas to power the water heater during my shower this morning, it got me wondering about using electricity for the water heater. Bring brand new at all this we haven't even considered it. Does it work as well as gas? Better? Any gotchas to consider?
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:14 PM   #2
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I've never had a problem with either of the campers I've had. My old '08 Roo 23SS and now the '14 Flagstaff 27BESS - flip the switch "on" and it doesn't take long for the water to be hot - I've received no complaints in the years we've used used the water heater on electricity.
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So long as the water is full before you turn it on, you'll be OK. If not, you'll burn up the element in a minute or less. I don't believe it will recover as fast with just electric vs just gas. If you run both, it will recover very quickly. Using THEIR electric (which you've paid for already) will save you from using YOUR gas.
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Propane heats quicker than the electric side.
Since we rarely have electric, we're used to using the propane.

Don't know what you're doing to go through that much propane so fast.
We don't even use one tank through the whole camping season.
Either you're wasting a lot of it or you have a propane issue.
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The gotcha is you may have to watch what you have turned on at the same time the heater element is on. It takes 12 amps on a typical suburban 1440 watt heating element. If on 30 amp power outlets you may need to be choosy at what all you have on at the same time to keep from tripping circuit breakers.
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Propane heats quicker than the electric side.
Since we rarely have electric, we're used to using the propane.

Don't know what you're doing to go through that much propane so fast.
We don't even use one tank through the whole camping season.
Either you're wasting a lot of it or you have a propane issue.
I was surprised as well. We've only used it for four nights now. (3 were separate practice nights at a local state park.). Full hookups. Heater when necessary. Boiled water a couple of times for coffee. Heated the water a half dozen times. (We did have the furnace running last night set at 60'when it was in the 50's outside.) That was all using the same, single tank. But then it seemed to stopped this morning. When I checked the tanks all four quadrants in the meter were showing red. I shut that tank off, opened the one tank and all quadrants on the meter went green. So I am assuming my first tank is empty.
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Wow that was quick. We are the same, our TT used maybe one tank the entire season. Wonder if the tank was actually full..
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drhroo, did you have the tanks filled yourself or are you assuming the dealer filled them up for you?

also, we turn the WH off when we leave the campsite or when we aren't going to need it, like overnight. leaving it on while gone is a waste of propane.
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So long as the water is full before you turn it on, you'll be OK. If not, you'll burn up the element in a minute or less. I don't believe it will recover as fast with just electric vs just gas. If you run both, it will recover very quickly. Using THEIR electric (which you've paid for already) will save you from using YOUR gas.

+1 This is how we do it. We have elec hookups most of the time and part of my setup ritual is to purge air from the water heater and turn on the electric heating element. It stays on until we are packing up to head home. I will turn on the propane heater when people are showering because as others have said, it helps the heater to keep up better.


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The gotcha is you may have to watch what you have turned on at the same time the heater element is on. It takes 12 amps on a typical suburban 1440 watt heating element. If on 30 amp power outlets you may need to be choosy at what all you have on at the same time to keep from tripping circuit breakers.
If you have 30 amp service you probably also have a separate 15/20 amp outlet at the pedestal with its own breaker. I run the water heater on this 20 AMP outlet with a 12 GA Extension cord.
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