Originally Posted by jhobson
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.