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 04-28-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 14
Water heater question

I have a 2002 36' fleetwood expedition, the hot water heater tank split open. It was a Atwood 10gallon. Am going to up grade to a Lp/elec, but
thinking of going to a 6 gallon instead of the 10. Water would heat up faster, & use less energy, but would it be enough hot water. Not sure what the newer m/h have in them.

ricksrv 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 04-28-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
twn454's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 45
I've got the attwood 6gal elec/gas, wish I had a 10gal! The 6gal is just a little short for me in the shower.

Rick & Tonja
2001 National Tradewinds 7390, Cat 3126B, Allison 6speed
Toads-FLTR3SE CVO, T-Rex, S55 AMG
twn454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
Senior Member
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mcdonough, Ga.
Posts: 4,548
Why not go to a tankless?
1998 Pace Arrow 35 ft. F53 Ford V10 2012 Honda Civic toad
32 years mechanic at Delta Air Lines 15 year motorhome service manager. 3 popups....2 travel trailers....5 motorhomes....loved them all.
ga traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 09:03 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 14
I didn't know they made a tankless for RV's. Any info on web sites ?
ricksrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
Senior Member
BCooke's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,523

One unit.
2017 F350 Lariat Diesel Dually, White, Hitch Kit.
2013 Dutchman Voltage 3200 Epic II 5th wheel.
BCooke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 10:42 AM   #6
Shadow0120's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 81
Don't do tankless only work on propane and are $$$$. Also I think the hole in your motorhome is to big for a six gal hot water heater
Shadow0120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 10:46 AM   #7
Senior Member
Cougarkid's Avatar
Freightliner Owners Club
Overland Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Mid-Missouri
Posts: 628
Stick with the 10 gal. Bigger is always better!
Mike and Carla
1998 42' Overland Larado Diesel Pusher
On the road - here and there - Full Timing
Cougarkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 11:00 AM   #8
Senior Member
Bfmorgan's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Northern United States
Posts: 289
I had a motorhome with a 6 gallon water heater. The motorhome that I have now has a 10 gallon water heater. I vote for replacing with a 10 gallon water heater if possible.
Brad & Bonnie
2007 Monaco Dynasty 42 Diamond
Bfmorgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 11:41 AM   #9
Senior Member
Thebaldeagle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 102
I agree! I've had 6 gal water heaters in the past, took real short showers or ended up cold, have a 10 now. Well worth the extra few $$.
Thebaldeagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 12:55 PM   #10
Senior Member
RVingDutchman's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
American Coach Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: B.C.
Posts: 302

It's funny the things we miss in life, I grew up in a house with instant continuous hot water, then when I came to Canada I have always had hot water tanks and hated them now at 63 I can't wait to put a tankless in our motor home.

Thanks for the link B.Cooke that's an expensive one but it has great output too!

2000 American Eagle. DS.DP. 40' 350HP ISC. 4 Koni's, 1200W. Solar, EMS, Compost Toilet, LED Lighting, TPMS, Scangauge, + 5'x11' ToyTrailer = Garage =Toolshed = Boathouse = Spare bedroom = Looking for a bigger one!
RVingDutchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 11:42 AM   #11
Senior Member
NorthernDriv's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mission,B.C.
Posts: 243
Dumped the 10 gal water heater for an Atwood tankless before driving off the lot. Did a 1 week shake down trip and I loved the long hot shower after doing laundry!
NorthernDriv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 11:55 AM   #12
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 15
I haven't researched RV tankless water heaters but I have been researching whole house tankless water heaters. They all claim to use less gas than the tank versions. First they claim higher efficiencies (as does the RV version in the link above), second you are never heating and reheating stored water.

But if you never run out of hot water you may take longer showers and thereby use more gas.
cmgoeke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 12:02 PM   #13
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 14
Would like to thank everyone for the feed back. I thing I am going with an Atwood 10 gal LP/Elec/dsi. Will fit & plug right into my existing wire set up. Working with PPL out of Texas, very good to talk to & best price so far. Really don't want to put in a lot of expense, because I have it for sale.
ricksrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 05:09 PM   #14
Junior Member
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: stroudsburg ,pa
Posts: 14
you can have your split tank welded. mine split the local shop welded it up for 60.00 buck. I never thought it would be possible ! The split was HUGE !!! But the guy did a great job. I've been using it for 2 years now no problem . If I could afford a tankless that's the way I'd go. I bet you'll do a better job of winterizing next !! I know I learned a lesson ! HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU !!

kentouw is offline   Reply With Quote

heater, water, water heater

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tankless Water heater jd31mc iRV2.com General Discussion 18 11-07-2015 08:53 AM
Hot water heater flush bjlakatos Travel Trailer Discussion 3 02-19-2014 06:22 AM
Oasis Water Heater Question jimfryar Newmar Owner's Forum 14 02-10-2014 05:26 PM
Thor 29.2 ACE Water Heather Question jdimas Thor Industries Owner's Forum 2 02-02-2014 11:49 AM
Water Heater Question?? ArmyEOD Monaco Owner's Forum 11 01-24-2014 05:52 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.