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Old 01-04-2014, 08:12 AM   #15
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Racers call some Rv salvage shops. There are lots of wrecked and fire units that the Aquahot didn't get damaged. Just a suggestion
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:17 AM   #16
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3Racers,

I have a friend that never had an Aqua-Hot in his coach BUT because he wanted to remove the Norcold aka NotSoCold fridge and install a Samsung RF197 in its place he could not due to one of the two LPG heaters located under the Norcold.

So he ripped out the two LPG heaters and installed a diesel fired Espar unit with I think two radiators in the locations where the LPG heaters were located. This also comes with instant hot water on demand.

Here's the web site and if you would like to contact him, he's located in the NW area of the country in the state of Washington. He would be happy to talk to you or anyone as he is very proud of this conversion.

Espar - Mobile Comfort - Eberspächer

He is also a skier and have used it a number of times now and they are very happy with the unit.

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Old 01-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #17
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I am having the same problem. Last night I changed out my aquahot 431 for a 100 o2s. My tank had cracked or rusted and I had no choice but to replace it. I also put $1000's in mine before I replaced it. There is a place in Kentucky called envision RV I bought a used unit from them for $4000.00 no warranty but I rolled the dice. Unit is working well no more leaks. But if you change it out I will caution you of priming the zone pumps is a huge pain in the BUTT! Hope this helps. By the way I agree with your idea of the instant hot water but if you don't replace the aqua hot unit you'll regret it. When they are working they are great! Best heat you can get. I've had the instant hot water heaters in my old coach it was a pain it was either so hot it hurt or freezing cold never had much luck with it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:18 PM   #18
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...We keep ours on 24/7 even when stored, pad with power and water at home. No issues after several plus years best of luck
What do you keep on, the electric element or the diesel burner...or both?
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What do you keep on, the electric element or the diesel burner...or both?
We are full timers and we keep both diesel and electric on 24/7/365. If we are on 30 amp shore power we do turn the electric off. AH units have changed over the years but with ours, the electric thermostat is set higher than the burner thermostat. With this set up the electric maintains the temp until high demand causes the coolant temp to drop until the burner thermostat turns on the burner.

For the most part the operation is automatic and seamless.
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Hoverbill, exactly as Steve described, this was also recommended to me by the Aquahot tech. I just got lucky by following this practice, just seemed logical.
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Hoverbill, exactly as Steve described, this was also recommended to me by the Aquahot tech. I just got lucky by following this practice, just seemed logical.
Understand that while using the coach, but why turn the burner on when in storage? I assume it would only come on if the demand exceeded the capacity of the electric element.
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Understand that while using the coach, but why turn the burner on when in storage? I assume it would only come on if the demand exceeded the capacity of the electric element.
If in storage with AH on and fresh water system not winterized, if you have a shore power outage the diesel burner will keep the coolant temp up. This is a short term solution and if house batteries get too low then the blower motor can be damaged. Auto gen start is also a good precaution.
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Thanks, makes sense. In fact, at this time...with the cold weather...I have the burner on and the AGS on.
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We removed the Aqua hot and had a Pro Temp system installed.
Thank you all for your replies.
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Pro temp? Do they have a website? I can't find one for RV heating, just protemp.us which are portable heaters mostly.
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http://www.precisiontemp.com/equestr...orse-trailers/
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Sorry....it's a Precision Temp.
It works great.
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Ah! Ok, I've heard of these before.. keep us posted on how it does!
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