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Old 06-30-2022, 11:45 AM   #1
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Instant hot water heater

Purchased a used 5th wheel trailer that has girard demand water heater model gswh-2. Any one know how to change it over to a regular gas or electric not instant?
Thanks in advance
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:34 PM   #2
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There is a learning curve to operating your unit. Try that first if the DW pemits it.

Option 1 get the Truma. Most folks like them. You will not like the price.

Option 2. YOu need to run electric to the WH. Also ours has a switch in the control panel to turn the gas on. Be careful. The ones like this as I understand it are smaller than the old 10 gallon suburbans. Measue like crazy. could get complicated.

When we bought or fiver the wife researched your unit and insisted Forest river give us the standard Suburban. They had made the one you have standard.
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:51 PM   #3
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We opted to have the Truma installed on our FR3, yes it was not cheap but best money we've ever spent on the RV
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:58 PM   #4
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To "change over" you would need to remove it and replace it with a standard one.

As others have said the Truma is AWEOSME!
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Old 06-30-2022, 03:16 PM   #5
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Why does the book say this
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Old 06-30-2022, 06:14 PM   #6
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Purchased a used 5th wheel trailer that has girard demand water heater model gswh-2. Any one know how to change it over to a regular gas or electric not instant?
Thanks in advance
Now days the Truma and the girard are almost identical . pull them out of the cases and most couldn't tell them apart . the Girard is a good unit water flow is your friend . what problems are you having most are user error .
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Old 06-30-2022, 06:16 PM   #7
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Why does the book say this
That's saying you can turn up the temp untill you need to add cold water to cool it off enough to use or you can set it to say shower temp and no need to turn on the cold water . since you can adjust it you can change when showering or washing up and increase when doing dishes or want hotter water .
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:26 PM   #8
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On demand water heater

We have a new Cardinal 5 er with a giarad heater . We will be looking to ga back to a tank model water heater . The on demand is just to sensitive. When you try to turn down the temp. The heater shuts off. When rinsing dishes and shut the water off and than turn it back on you get cold water . Never happened with our tank model in our old Wildcat.
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We have a new Cardinal 5 er with a giarad heater . We will be looking to ga back to a tank model water heater . The on demand is just to sensitive. When you try to turn down the temp. The heater shuts off. When rinsing dishes and shut the water off and than turn it back on you get cold water . Never happened with our tank model in our old Wildcat.
Girard has been making On Demand WH for more than a decade. WE had one of the original ones and it was VERY finicky. Sometimes perfect, sometimes it would then scald you followed by sometimes freezing you.

We changed it out for a new Furrion On Demand WH with a digital control that gives the precise temp you set on the control. We set ours at 109 because DW likes her showers hotter than I do. I simply add a bit of cold water to cool it down a bit. We both Love this unit.

Unlike the Truma you do not have to pay for installation. I did it myself in a day and a half. It only took that long because I redid the PEX plumbing to get rid of all the plastic fittings and replace them with brass fittings I know will NEVER fail.
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