RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-01-2012, 03:20 PM   #29
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 14
I must be in the minority as we turn our water heater on and off twice a day no matter who is paying the electric. Once as soon as we get up and then just prior to dinner. Water stays hot all day long. 30 year old habit.

ibmcmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-01-2012, 03:27 PM   #30
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bluff Dale, TX
Posts: 625
Old habits carry over. When dry camping in Alaska we found it used much less water to turn on the water heater long enough for the water to a comfortable shower temp and turn it off. When you take a shower just use the hot water valve, no adjusting of temp needed. Still do it. Washing dishes is different.

Most RV batteries live a long and useful life, some are murdered.
2000 National Sea Breeze F53
1998 CRV Toad
garym114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 04:30 PM   #31
Senior Member
JSW's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Galveston
Posts: 110
In four years we have lit the gas heater only two times because our electric water heater works so well we never run out of hot water.
JSW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #32
cocos camper's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 30
We turn ours off when not using. I added a second switch in bedroom to turn heater on from the bed so I have hot water when we get up
cocos camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 12:52 AM   #33
Senior Member
frazierdee's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 114
Other than using the propane, does it stress the heater to leave it on all the time?
2000 Monaco LaPalma
our house stays the same only the yard changes
frazierdee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 03:48 AM   #34
Senior Member
Tony Lee's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tasmania now, USA/Canada/Alaska in April
Posts: 2,471
We are full-time so our vehicles are our house.

In a normal house the hot water is there 24/7 and I just can't see any point in doing things differently just because our house has wheels.
The other consideration is that our real house is rented out so the tenants pay all the utilities. This means that because with solar, our electricity costs are zero, our water costs are zero, our sewage and rubbish disposal costs are near zero (no need to pay for dumps with all the free dump points around), so even allowing for the small amount of extra propane we use for the convenience of having hot water on-tap, our total utilities costs are way, way less than they would be if we were living in our house.

And the different views nearly every day - priceless.
Tony Lee - International Grey Nomad. Picasa Album - Travel Map
RVs. USA - Airstream Cutter; in Australia - MC8 40' DIY Coach conversion & OKA 4x4 MH; in Germany - Hobby Class C; in S America - F350 with 2500 10.6 Bigfoot camper
Tony Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 05:07 AM   #35
Senior Member
Dunner's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phx, Arid~zona
Posts: 11,106
When I had my 5er with dual handles, the hot water only, was hot enough to give you 2nd degree burns. If I turned it off after my evening shower, it was tolerable the next morning.
My MH has a single handle, so it should be easier to regulate. I'll still probably turn it off after my shower. I also had electric hot water with my 5er and when I refreshed my batteries in the evening and morning, I also heated my water. MH is gas only. :(


2004 32' National Sea Breeze 1311 Class A on a F-53 Chassis, CHF, TST TPMS, 5Star Tune.
If Dunner (RVM23) can't fix it, it ain't broke!
Cheap Handling Fix Poll. Click Here to vote?
Dunner is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.