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Posted: 08/31/10 10:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just found out that I have to go outside to light the pilot light on the hot water heater and was wondering do most people just leave it on the entire time they are out or do you turn on and off.
I am use to the MH where I had a switch so just curious I know it doesn't use too much propane just curious.

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Posted: 08/31/10 10:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an electric water heater and I turn the switch off at night or when we go away for the while and leave it on when we are in. In your situation I would be motivated to turn it off to save gas and leave it on to save time.... not sure what I would. Sorry not much help I guess.


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Posted: 08/31/10 10:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, at first we left the water heater on all the time. I read where someone stated that parked next to someone else's RV, the water heater sounded like a blast furnace. In my trailer, my water heater is right under my head, in the bed, and I would hear it kick on and off during the night. Now we turn it on in the morning, turn it off after breakfast, turn it back on after dinner, and off before bed time. It doesn't use that much gas, but it isn't necessary to run it all the time and I sleep a bit better by not hearing it kick on and off at night.


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Posted: 08/31/10 10:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Normally, I either turn it off after using it, or I turn it to the pilot setting. It keeps the pilot light on but will not turn on the blast furnace. The pilot will keep the water hot and ready to go next morning.


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My second TT had a manual lighting pilot on the water heater. My current one has an electric ignition. I always leave the hotwater heater on. I have 2 30 lbs propane tanks on my TT and prefer to have hot water whenever I want it and not need to wait for it to warm up.


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Posted: 08/31/10 11:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We normally turn on the electric element when we get settled in to a new campground. That way we have some hot water if we need to do dishes or wash up, etc. We only turn the gas on when we are going to run bigger quantities of hot water for showers or a lot of dishes. In that case we run both. It stays pretty hot for a long time even if you turn it off. If you have the gas powered up and aren't using much hot water, it isn't going to cycle that often anyhow. If we are going to be away for a while, we turn both the water pump and the heater off just in case.


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My first two trailers had hot water heaters that used a pilot, my last three have been electric start. They have all stayed on from the time we set up in the site to the time we break camp.


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I have the manual gas heater also. I normally turn it to pilot when its not needed. Usually keeps the water hot enough to wash hands and short usage. Turn it to on before shower or dish washing time and then back to pilot. Turn it off when under way.

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I turn mine on at home while loading up and prepping to leave for a trip and I don't turn it off until I get back home again, except for fueling up on the road.
Mine is manual, so the pilot light almost always blows out when I hit the highway. I do relight it when I get to my destination and leave it on the whole time. When I want hot water, I want it to be there. I can't be bothered to turn it off and on constantly. Not worth the hassle to me.
I don't concern myself with a little extra propane burned to keep it hot. For me it is a non issue. If I have to worry about 13 cents worth of propane, I may as well sell the RV.


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If on propane I turn off when not needed.


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