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Posted: 07/08/13 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While taking a shower, how long can you go until the water gets cool? I'm going to full time it for a year, and curious to know how long I can expect to take shower.

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I get in there and get it done, I have not ran out and I just use electric, i have never turned the gas on with it...

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That's a really hard answer for us to give to you... It all depends on so many factors ( how hot do you like your water, how cold is your cold water, can you run on both gas and electric??? Do you use low flow shower heads, can you stand taking a navy(ish) shower a rinse, shut off the water, soap up, rinse...) It goes on and on. I won't even guess. I can only suggest that you experiment if you can and see for yourself. Maybe one of the other folks can give you a better answer than I.

On edit - I can add that. The wife and I both took showers a few minutes apart and neither of us ran out of water. Can't remember if we were using just electric or electric and gas... It won't last forever - but you can get a good shower in if you want in my still somewhat limited experience.


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Really depends on how hot you like it and how long of a shower you take. I would highly reccomend an Oxygenics shower head. It disperses the water more efficently so you will use less water. Thus a longer shower per tank load.


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Get a 5-gal bucket, and time how long it takes to put 1-gal in it.
It will have to do with the rate of flow that the shower nozzle has.
If you have a 1.0 GPM shower head, you can take a 3-4 minute shower, before that water is being cooled by the incoming water.

For what it's worth, I'd say that if you are willing to take "Navy Showers", cutting the water "off" when you are soaping up.....just use it to rinse, and rinse off.....you will have more than enough hot water.

Those small tanks will heat up pretty quickly, so I know that when DW and I use the shower, we haven't had any issues.....but also realize that we can't take a 20 minute shower either.


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With an Oxygenics shower head, both the wife and I can take a normal shower with 6 gallons on just electric. Running both electric and gas will give you quicker recovery.


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If concerned you can take a military shower...shut it off between soaping...this will give you almost all the hot water needed....


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I just have to stock shower head but will look into the one mentioned above. At home my showers rarely last more than 5 minutes. I mean, does it really take more time than that to get clean? By the sounds of it, I should be AOK.

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With aologies to the OP... Which Oxygenics shower head are you guys using? I seem to find a bunch. I'm actually more worried about not filling up my grey tank so fast when I'm in a SP where there is no grey or sewer connections and the shower house is very far away.

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I have a 10 gallon and don't take a short shower, when I remember I put it on gas right before I jump in so both gas and elec are working..... Never gone cold yet.


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