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Old 11-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hot Water question

How do I tell what size hot water heater I have?

I've looked thru all the manuals and no where does it indicate what size "hot" water heater I have.....

wife washed all the dishes, breakfast and lunch for us and some friends and ran out of hot water?

Seems like it should last longer. I Have the manual for the hotwater heater and the TT, but does not say what size.

thanks in advance for help.....
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Look at the model number on the unit itself.
Most probably it is 6 gallon.
Did you have it on gas or electric?
Have you checked to see if the bypass valve is open or closed?
Should be closed.
Here is a generic picture of the back of the water heater.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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SW6D.....

thanks.... Six gallons I guess......

I'm checking the values now.. I'll let you know what I find...
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SW6D.....

thanks.... Six gallons I guess...... maybe something I look at upgrading to a bigger tank....
Cheaper and easier to be more conservative with the hot water. Can't turn it on and let it run to rinse dishes, etc like at home.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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Yea my wife still acts like we're at home......
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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Cheaper and easier to be more conservative with the hot water. Can't turn it on and let it run to rinse dishes, etc like at home.
I agree and you will find your grey water tank filling pretty quickly that way as well.
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Yea my wife still acts like we're at home......

Whew! Try tha Dry Camping! A friend of mine, his wife, MIL, and daughter filled up both tanks in two days!
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I totaly agree. The wife has emptied the FW tank in two days just washing and rinsing dishes. She thinks thats what the honey wagon is bought for. And yes I have filled the 5r with blue containers while dry camping too....
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When dry camping I find that we use about 5 gallons of water per person per day. This includes a navy shower every other day and a sponge batch in between. Because we get pretty dusty riding the ATVs I estimate that on a sponge bath day that everyone will shampoo their hair.

5 gallons of water is enough for 3 people to take a shower and shampoo their hair, assuming that the length of their hair is not more than shoulder length.

If you find that you are using more water than that then try going backpacking for a weekend. Everyone will learn a lot about water conservation.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
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Yea my wife still acts like we're at home......
Next time she runs out of hot water just tell her to heat some in a pan cause she needs to learn to conserve. You won't have to worry about it for a few days until you get out of the hospital.
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Next time she runs out of hot water just tell her to heat some in a pan cause she needs to learn to conserve. You won't have to worry about it for a few days until you get out of the hospital.
dunnnc while I'm still in my right mind I know better than that..... Im trying to not get kicked out camping beside the trailer..... I'll just learn to figure out a way to get more hot water out of the current hot water heater...
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dunnnc while I'm still in my right mind I know better than that..... Im trying to not get kicked out camping beside the trailer..... I'll just learn to figure out a way to get more hot water out of the current hot water heater...
Tell her to work slower so the heater can keep up or if all else fails and as a very last resort, you do the dishes.
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I totaly agree. The wife has emptied the FW tank in two days just washing and rinsing dishes. She thinks thats what the honey wagon is bought for. And yes I have filled the 5r with blue containers while dry camping too....
When we first started dry camping I mentioned if she used too much water it would be her turn to dump the tanks with the "Blue Boy." Never had that problem again.
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When we first started dry camping I mentioned if she used too much water it would be her turn to dump the tanks with the "Blue Boy." Never had that problem again.
Yeah, we know Herk, talk is cheap! We know who wears the pants with the authority in them and it is NOT you.

How is she doing?
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Yeah, we know Herk, talk is cheap! We know who wears the pants with the authority in them and it is NOT you.

How is she doing?
She is doing great. Still some pain, but I am moving forward with some dry camping improvements to the camper for Florida for her birthday in February.
She is a big Phillies fan and she is looking forward to camping at the MacDill FAMCAMP and watching them play in Clearwater. We will most likely dry camp there for about a month (hookups become available sometime in March).
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