Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-02-2015, 06:32 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 4
Water heater

When I am camping can I leave my electric hot water heater on the whole time or should I only turn it on when I need hot water
__________________

__________________
jhobson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 07:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mcnabbwr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Lower Michigan
Posts: 1,366
Just be sure there's water in the tank to prevent the element from burning out and leave it on. You don't want to wait for the water to get hot if needed.
__________________

__________________
Bill & Pam
2014 Trilogy 3650RE
2015 F350 PSD
mcnabbwr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
RSchleder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,277
I agree! Leave it on as turning on/off heating elements is what causes the element to eventually burn out. It's all about the heating/cooling of the element that causes it to become brittle and eventually the metal fractures.
Incandescent light bulbs suffer the same fate. Saw a tv program about the oldest "living" light bulb known. It has been ON for well over 100 years. That is enough evidence for me!!!!
__________________
Days camping (2016)----181 days
Days camping (2017) --- 82 days
2016 Wildcat MAXX 28RKX (33' TT), 2007 13' Scamp
2015 Ram Laramie Hemi, w/air suspension
30 years RV'ing
12 different RV's
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 07:45 PM   #4
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,048
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhobson View Post
When I am camping can I leave my electric hot water heater on the whole time or should I only turn it on when I need hot water
One thing to always remember if you have a 30 amp trailer or are hooked to 30 amp outlets....is the electric heating element draws 12 amps when it is heating.....leaving you 18 available amps to run EVERYTHING else.

You may run into breakers tripping when running the air conditioner, microwave, and/or other high amp appliances...... and the electric heating element comes on at the same time.

You usually encounter this in the morning and evenings if people are taking showers and making breakfast or dinner (toasters, hot plates, microwaves, and especially hair dryers) as the other appliances use a bunch of amps. If the air conditioner is running too (summer camping), you have a high chance of overloading the 30 amps.

If so, you can turn off the electric heating element (run on propane only), or turn off other high amp appliances until the electric element heats the water up and the thermostat shuts if off.
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 07:06 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
wicked1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Manahawkin
Posts: 2,221
I don't ever switch to electric takes too long to heat up, I pressurize the water lines, make sure the pressure relief valve lets water out then I turn it on and leave it on all the time. I shut it off before leaving the campground and if I am not going back out within 10 days I will drain it, rinse it out and put more tape on the threads for next trip.


2014 Ford F-150 FX4 Crew 4X4 EB 3.5 Twin Turbo

2015 Roo 23IKSS Saphire
2015 (3) Nights Camped

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
2016 F350 Supercew Short Box 6.7 PowerStroke Diesel
2015 FR Rockwood Roo 23IKSS
wicked1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 08:30 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 210
I have never used electric, the lp is just fine. What is the reset button for on the front of the outside panel?
__________________
syogerst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 08:51 AM   #7
Site Team
 
KyDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 6,732
LP costs you money plus hassle of filling tanks.
Electric is usually included in the price of a camp site.
Why not use the electric unless/until you need quicker recovery and then
you can switch on the LP??

FWIW- we leave our electric on all the time and have never tripped the
main 30A either in the trailer or on the power post.
YMMV!

Happy Trails!
__________________
Peace!
Dan & Rita D
2004 5.3L Silverado 1500 ext. cab 2WD
1999 Suzuki Intruder Motorcycle
Blue Ox WD hitch, AirLift load levelers

Camping days 2010-53, 2011-47, 2012-41,
2013-41, 2014-31, 2015-40, 2016-44, 2017-63
KyDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 08:54 AM   #8
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
We Use electric exclusively untill shower time, then we use both for faster recovery.
Then once showers are over back to electric.
When we camp without shore power then we use propane obviously.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded, 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "4 nights"
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 09:55 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
wicked1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Manahawkin
Posts: 2,221
Quote:
Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
We Use electric exclusively untill shower time, then we use both for faster recovery.
Then once showers are over back to electric.
When we camp without shore power then we use propane obviously.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded, 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "4 nights"

I may try that this weekend, seems to be a reasonable way to do it 😜


2014 Ford F-150 FX4 Crew 4X4 EB 3.5 Twin Turbo

2015 Roo 23IKSS Saphire
2015 (3) Nights Camped

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
2016 F350 Supercew Short Box 6.7 PowerStroke Diesel
2015 FR Rockwood Roo 23IKSS
wicked1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 09:58 AM   #10
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by wicked1 View Post
I may try that this weekend, seems to be a reasonable way to do it 😜


2014 Ford F-150 FX4 Crew 4X4 EB 3.5 Twin Turbo

2015 Roo 23IKSS Saphire
2015 (3) Nights Camped

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
Seems like a fair way to do it doesn't it?

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded, 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "4 nights"
__________________

__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
heater, water, water heater

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:41 AM.