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Good afternoon to all,have question on hot waterheaters?I have just moved up to traveltrailer was wondering do I need to flip hotwater heater off at night after all showers and hot water uses are over are just leave it on.Do not what is best on that guess kinda concered on propane useage thanks to who all reply all the info so far has been good for a newbie here

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We run our hot water heater off the electric when we are plugged in. We only run it on propane if we need to heat it up really quickly and then we turn off the propane to it. Ours has 2 switches for the hot water heater, 1 for electric, and 1 for gas. We usually leave the electric on over night on it. I know some will turn their's off if leaving the TT for the day.


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Turn it off and restart it an hr before needed. If you have elect hot water also, and have elect included in the site price. turn it on and leave it on. Make sure water is on and tank full frist frist.


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don't really need to. we do turn ours off at night or when we are away (propane and electric elements), but it's more for safety than anything else. We've found that even in temps near freezing it will keep the water warm all night and only takes 15 minutes or so in the morning to get it HOT.

IMHO, do whatever you are comfortable with, leaving it on won't use much propane or electricity vs. turning it on and off.


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We generally keep ours on all day and flip it off at PM. If we are planning on being away all day we will also turn it off. The hot water stays hot for a long time and if you want to come in after some time away and just want to wash your hands it will still be warm. Then you can flip it on for cooking/clean up and nite time wash up and the turn it off again until the next AM.

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If the water heater (used in the making of 'hot' water) is propane only then turning it off at night is a good means of conserving your propane....no reason to heat water when it's not being used.

Propane will heat water at approx. 12-13 gallons per hour recovery time.

If you have electric & propane.....and electric is part of CG site fee then leave it on electric and use propane (with the electric) for faster recovery. Approx. 18-20 gallons per hour recovery time.

What Brand/model of water heater do you have?

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We turn ours on when we get to the campsite and don't turn it off until we leave.

It goes hand in hand with our slide... If the slide room is out, the water heater is on. Slide in, water heater off.


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if you don't turn it off, it will wake you up with a roar of a jet taking off on a short runway with full after burners. believe me I was never so happy when I bought my last TT and it had an off/on switch inside the TT.

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Hi,

I have propane only, and only turn it on when I want some hot water, and it takes about a hour to warm up to 140F. There is a lot of heat loss, especially at night when it is cooler, as cold (say 55F air) goes into the burner area, gets heated by the hot water, and leaves out the flue at 135F if the heater is left on all the time.

Because I shut mine off after I am done showering, there is a little warm water left over for washing hands, and very little air will go through the heat exchanger taking away heat from water only about 90 - 120F. I leave mine off while I am away from the RV, just to save propane.

If I had electric, and not paying for it, I would run it all the time, and have plenty of hot water in the morning. However it will use about 2 KW per day even if no water is drawn out, just because cold air enters the bottom and carries away heat all day long. So I still think I would turn it off when not needed.

When it is below freezing at night, I will leave the heater on long enough to ensure that it will stay well above 50F, just to make sure it will not freeze, and run it long enough to warm the water to the 100F range before going on a sightseeing adventure. If snowing, I would leave it on all the time while camping, just to keep it hot.

I dislike leaving it on at night because it is so noisy! It's louder than my dishwasher, even though my dishwasher is in the room with me, and the water heater is outside!

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Fabguy wrote:

We turn ours on when we get to the campsite and don't turn it off until we leave.

It goes hand in hand with our slide... If the slide room is out, the water heater is on. Slide in, water heater off.


We do the same thing.


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