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Posted: 02/23/12 03:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the water heater never worked on any of my previous RVs I never had to be to concerned with this (Lots of REALLY cold showers) Anyway Do you keep the water heater on the entire time you are camping or turn it off at night and back on in the morning? Also, do you drain it after every trip?

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I leave it on. Never know when you might want to wash your hands. We mostly run it on electric so no propane use involved. About draining, if it is going to be a while before the next trip, or it is winter time, I drain it. If we are going out the next weekend or two, I don't drain it, even though draining only takes a couple of minutes.


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I shut ours down while we are daytripping in toad, at night (first one up turns on coffee pot and the water heater), and while on the road.
It normally only takes 10-15 minutes to come to temperature.


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I turn it on first thing in the morning and then turn it off at bedtime. We drain the entire water system after every trip. Too bad about the cold showers, you should have fixed it!

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We turn ours on about twenty minutes before we want to take a shower, and my wife turns it on for about fifteen minutes prior to doing the dishes. Otherwise we leave it off.

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Same question yesterday

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NanciL wrote:

We turn ours on about twenty minutes before we want to take a shower, and my wife turns it on for about fifteen minutes prior to doing the dishes. Otherwise we leave it off.

Jack L


pretty much what we do, because we have to heat it with propane, since we rarely have electric hookups. the water stays hot for quite awhile. that way it doesn't keep using propane while we're gone.

if we had electric hookups, then we'd switch to electric and leave it on.


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When I'm hosting with free electricity I use electric for my hot water. At my home base I use propane because it is cheaper than my home base electric rates. I leave it on all the time either way. I full time and my home base has a 150 gallon external propane tank so I don't have to handle the smaller tanks all winter.


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Posted: 02/23/12 07:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always have it off until just before we know we will need it. We are never around during the day and only use it for showers in the morning.


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some city water or private wells have smelly water so drain the tank would be advisable. if not you will smell horribly after a shower from that tank.

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