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Old 04-19-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Want more hot water.

I have a wonderful wife who enjoys our Rockwood UL except for the 6 gallon water heater. She is a girly girl when it comes to her showers and try as she has, usually runs out of hot water just before she is done.

With this in mind and knowing she is using the proper way to take a shower in an RV, but has a lot of hair to shampoo, condition, and rinse. I have come to the conclusion that replacing the 6 gallon water heater (Suburban?) with a 10 or 12 gallon would do the trick.

Has anyone ever replaced their water heater with a same model, just larger, and was this a good solution?

My plan is to go to the dealer and have them replace the 6 gallon with a 10 gallon on my TT hoping this will be an easy modification.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Might consider changing the thermostats (110v & propane) with 140 D ones which will require less hot water.
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Do you use the gas and electric heating at the same time to recover faster ?


she must still take a serious shower ?

When we had a 6 gallon wh 5 of us took showers within an hour and didn't run out of hot water.
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It's worth asking, my 6gal and the 12gal (I think it's 12, might be 10) is the same size outside, it looks like it's longer is all.

Also, check the temperature cut off. If you have range to turn it up some that would mean less hot water for a given temperature. I've got two long haired women that camp with me and that's what I did on my old TT. Not the best idea with little kids around though.
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f1100turbo, Yes, did it that way for 5 days straight and she still "just ran out". I suspect that the 4 extra gallons would do the trick.
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It's worth asking, my 6gal and the 12gal (I think it's 12, might be 10) is the same size outside, it looks like it's longer is all.

Also, check the temperature cut off. If you have range to turn it up some that would mean less hot water for a given temperature. I've got two long haired women that camp with me and that's what I did on my old TT. Not the best idea with little kids around though.
I don't think the thermostats are adjustable.
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It's worth asking, my 6gal and the 12gal (I think it's 12, might be 10) is the same size outside, it looks like it's longer is all.

Also, check the temperature cut off. If you have range to turn it up some that would mean less hot water for a given temperature. I've got two long haired women that camp with me and that's what I did on my old TT. Not the best idea with little kids around though.
The water seems very hot to me and her but do not know about the temperature cut-off, where is it?
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Do you use the gas and electric heating at the same time to recover faster ?


she must still take a serious shower ?

When we had a 6 gallon wh 5 of us took showers within an hour and didn't run out of hot water.
She probably does take a longer shower than most but she does the wet down, turn off, soap up, shampoo, rinse, turn off, condition hair, rinse. I have also updated the shower head to one of those oxy type jobs.
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I don't think the thermostats are adjustable.
I thought they were? Hmm, I had the dealer "adjust" mine but that was 12 years ago, now I wonder what they did.
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