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Old 04-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Gas/Electric Water Heater

I just had a new Gas/Electric water heater installed in my trailer. When we had our motorhome, we used to turn it on when we needed it. I wasn't sure about this one (frankly, I don't even know the manufacturer, etc. because it's at a shop I really trust and I just asked them to install one.) I was going to ask whether or not things have changed and they can be left on, now. I'll most likely be using electricity more than gas. I wanted the gas option in case I'm boondocking. I'll probably have a generator in the bed of my truck, but if I'm hooked to electricity at a campground, it's just simpler to use the electric.

Best to run electric RV water heater all the time or only when hot water needed? - YouTube I found this advice from a gentlemen, Gary Bunzer, who calls himself The RV Doctor on You Tube. Just curious how many agree with his advice. He'd be a nice source to have while on the road if questions arise.
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I just had a new Gas/Electric water heater installed in my trailer. When we had our motorhome, we used to turn it on when we needed it. I wasn't sure about this one (frankly, I don't even know the manufacturer, etc. because it's at a shop I really trust and I just asked them to install one.) I was going to ask whether or not things have changed and they can be left on, now. I'll most likely be using electricity more than gas. I wanted the gas option in case I'm boondocking. I'll probably have a generator in the bed of my truck, but if I'm hooked to electricity at a campground, it's just simpler to use the electric.

Best to run electric RV water heater all the time or only when hot water needed? - YouTube I found this advice from a gentlemen, Gary Bunzer, who calls himself The RV Doctor on You Tube. Just curious how many agree with his advice. He'd be a nice source to have while on the road if questions arise.
The main choice for heating water or keeping it hot is yours and yours alone. There is nothing incorrect/wrong about using electric as the main heating source however I would turn on the gas side when to assist in the recovery when showering or perhaps washing dishes.

Our choice is just the opposite; gas for the main source and electric to supplement.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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Because , we spend the winters in a park where power is expensive, we too use gas a primary heat source for water,+ power if showering in short order. My DW won't agree to wait for H/W so the gas is on all the time. Rarely hear the gas cycle; except on the coolest nights; so I don't think I'm wasting energy.
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I run the electric element, then turn the gas on if needed for a quick recovery like showers or running the washer/dryer. We also have the motor aid so we arrive with VERY hot water as it's at coolant temp of about 180.
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I agree with the RV Doctor. There would be less stress on the heating element by it running multiple short periods to keep the water temp up as opposed to running long stretches to bring cold water up to temp.
We leave ours on electric only all of the time. We have never needed hot water immediately after arriving at a camp ground. By the time we need it it is back up to temp. Use gas only when boon docking.
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I don't have a electric element in my water heater but, I would think leaving it on all the time ; as long as you are camping; would be fine. After all you don't switch the one in your house on and off so why do it in your RV.
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Thanks to all for your opinions. I have a small trailer that came with a gas hot water heater that had to be lit from the outside. I had to turn the gas on and light it with a lighter. It was a pain, especially in the wind. I wanted to be able to start it from inside the trailer with a switch and have the option of either electric or gas. At campgrounds that come with electric, I can use their dime; otherwise, I'll use the gas. Again, thanks to all.
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We generally run the electric and gas together to get much faster tank recovery. Turn the gas off at night or during the day when you have low water usage. As for stressing the heating element, I think you will find very little difference in actual lifespan during the life of the water heater.

So just do what ever works for you.

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Hey Caveman you are right on track!
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