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Old 10-26-2015, 11:16 PM   #1
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Replacing water heater, anyone?

I recently purchased a Vibe 308bhs. My first experience with and owning a camper. I am finding the quantity of usable hot water for showering purposes, insufficient. Maybe out of my ignorance in plumbing, as well as travel trailers, but is a continuous water heater an option as an upgrade? If so, has anyone done it and which would be a good make/model?
Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:03 AM   #2
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There are several tankless water heaters that would work, but you need to address a few other problems before making the decision to install one on your RV.

1. Do you ALWAYS camp at places with full hookups?
2. If not do you have a large waste tote and know how to use it?

You have a finite amount of gray water capacity (32 Gals). If you take normal showers you'll fill that up very quickly unless your on a site with full hookups or have a large tote and don't mind using it.

You may be better off learning to take 'Navy' showers when camping rather than installing a larger capacity water heater.
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There are several tankless water heaters that would work, but you need to address a few other problems before making the decision to install one on your RV.

1. Do you ALWAYS camp at places with full hookups?
2. If not do you have a large waste tote and know how to use it?

You have a finite amount of gray water capacity (32 Gals). If you take normal showers you'll fill that up very quickly unless your on a site with full hookups or have a large tote and don't mind using it.

You may be better off learning to take 'Navy' showers when camping rather than installing a larger capacity water heater.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:27 AM   #4
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Have you tried a "navy" shower? Get wet, turn water off, lather up, turn water on and rinse off...done. Less hot water used. My wife and I have never run out of hot water using this method.
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There are several tankless water heaters that would work, but you need to address a few other problems before making the decision to install one on your RV.

1. Do you ALWAYS camp at places with full hookups?
2. If not do you have a large waste tote and know how to use it?

You have a finite amount of gray water capacity (32 Gals). If you take normal showers you'll fill that up very quickly unless your on a site with full hookups or have a large tote and don't mind using it.

You may be better off learning to take 'Navy' showers when camping rather than installing a larger capacity water heater.

Thank you @bamarambler
You are very right about all points. My current situation at the moment is that I am am with full hookups and am using the camper as my temporary residence for work. So the only tank capacity that is a concern is the hot water tank.
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Have you tried a "navy" shower? Get wet, turn water off, lather up, turn water on and rinse off...done. Less hot water used. My wife and I have never run out of hot water using this method.

I def have @pipeman
I am temporarily using the camper as my residence for work and frequently need as much rinsing as I do scrubbing haha. Wouldn't figure a tankless/continuous water heater would be too outside the norm of and upgrade, outside of the concern of waste water holding. I'm also not thinking in the "camping" mind frame, more as a "home comfort", seeing as that is the situation I am in at the moment.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #7
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I don't have much experience with the tankless kind, but read a lot of forums here where Forest River uses the Girard tankless heaters. You might can do a search on that name and see what comes up and maybe look them up online to see how a retrofit would work.

This link may help:

http://greenrvproducts.com/girard-ta...-water-heater/
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Is your current hot water heater gas and electric?

If so you can turn both on at the same time for faster heated water recovery.
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Is your current hot water heater gas and electric?

If so you can turn both on at the same time for faster heated water recovery.
When we are at full hookups, we do the same and turn on the gas switch before we shower and then off immediately afterwards. This extends the time before you get a cold shower. If two people are showering, we allow 10 minutes between showers to assist with recovery.
An upgrade to the oxygenics showerhead is a must. Stock showerhead sucks.
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Girard makes good units, but you could even go with a standard household unit given your situation at the moment.
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