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Old 07-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hot water tank- Leave it on or turn it off?

We only use hot water a couple of time a day (showers and dishwashing) so most of the day the hot water is not used. We have gotten used to turning the hot water tank on 15 minutes or so prior to needing it and turn it off right after. This said I have seen that others leave Hot water tanks on all of the time. I dont want to stress out the coil on the hot water tank and I also dont want to waste propane either.

What do you do? Leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.

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When plugged in, I always leave the water heater on. When using propane, I turn it off between uses.
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When plugged in, I always leave the water heater on. When using propane, I turn it off between uses.
Same here.
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On our rige we have the motor aid, electric coil and normal gas. When we get there the water is HOT (same as engine coolant temp), I turn on the electrical to keep it hot, if we are doing showers I'll turn on the gas.
You can leave the gas on because running the electrical will usually keep the gas from coming on unless there's a need, like taking a shower or doing the dishes. It does cut down on the recovery time with both on.
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When we had our 5ver's, which were 30a, I ran the wh on gas and turned on the electric only when high hot water demand was required such as showers/washing dishes. On our previous mh and current one,(both were 50a) I use gas supplemented with electric when needed "unless" were plugged into 30a, then I reverse everyting. I've always found gas to heat/recover quicker when needing water heated and found usuage to be insignificant.
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Depending on where we are camping (boondocking/CG) if on shore power we leave the hot watre heater on. When boondocking, when we use the generator we kick on the hot water heater, or if we do not run the generator we will use the propane. Otherwise the heater stays off during the day. The water will retain enough heat for most uses.
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It depends on who is paying for the electric.
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On our rig we have the motor aid, electric coil and normal gas. When we get there the water is HOT (same as engine coolant temp), I turn on the electrical to keep it hot, if we are doing showers I'll turn on the gas.
You can leave the gas on because running the electrical will usually keep the gas from coming on unless there's a need, like taking a shower or doing the dishes. It does cut down on the recovery time with both on.
By doing the above I only have to fill my propane tank every couple of years but it's a 40 gallon (32 usable) tank.
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I turn mine off between uses. I fire it off and let it heat while setting up, then after showering, I try to remember to shut it down... its on the awning side and mounted about shoulder level while seated and can be a bit noisy.
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