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Old 05-28-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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Is a long hot shower a possibility?

So, we're out this weekend and as is the norm we took our submariner showers, to conserve our tank space and hot water because we only have 6 gallons and then boom cold shower! Being the 4th in line to shower is never a comfortable position...

While talking with another camper about our peril, they said they run their water heater on both gas and electric at the same time, and are able to take a hot shower without turning the water off for in excess of 15 minutes! Their claim is by running both at the same time it heats the water at a much faster rate almost like an instant water heater.

Any one else do this or heard of this?

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So, we're out this weekend and as is the norm we took our submariner showers, to conserve our tank space and hot water because we only have 6 gallons and then boom cold shower! Being the 4th in line to shower is never a comfortable position...

While talking with another camper about our peril, they said they run their water heater on both gas and electric at the same time, and are able to take a hot shower without turning the water off for in excess of 15 minutes! Their claim is by running both at the same time it heats the water at a much faster rate almost like an instant water heater.

Any one else do this or heard of this?

TIA
Using both & electric at the same time is pretty much the norm when hot water demands/expectations are high. Turn off the electric when done.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:33 AM   #3
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Both gas and electric should have thermostats to cut in and out.
Are you talking about dry camping without power or full hookup?

Units that have Aquahot, Hydrohot, or some form of instant hot
water can give you long showers.

Being 4th in line on a six gallon tank means YOU get the cold shower.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:33 AM   #4
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It is!

Here's what I'm going to do this summer.
EXPECT MORE!

Ive tried the electric and gas trick but mine cant keep up unless I have a very low flow.

The Truma will solve the issue.
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If you have electric service, then just leave it on and the propane on, and it should work just fine. Propane won't kick on til temp on water in tank drops. Have done this lots of time, but, lucky us, our water heater is 12 gal and only 2 of us.
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x2 to wingnut, but if you must, turn off the propane, and run on electric, never had a campsite that had free propane !
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Any one else do this or heard of this?

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Yes. I do this when I have ample electricity available. I still take a version of the navy shower, but it never runs cold.
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Electric recovery rate is roughly 6 gallons per hour (based on initial fill/heating)
Propane recovery rate is roughly TWICE as fast as electric
Electric/propane together is roughly 1 1/2 times faster than propane

Suburban has slightly higher recovery rate due to slightly higher btu propane burners

Suburban has separate sets of t-stats for electric and propane....both sets have SAME temp settings
Atwood.......
2003 and previous year models----separate set of t-stats SAME temp settings
2004 and newer year models-------SAME set of t-stats for electric/propane

Run one or both
BOTH for long showers

Except for 4th person in line.........that is asking a lot from 6 gallon tank
After 3rd person....wait 30 minutes for YOUR hot shower
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I use oxyegenics shower head and both gas n electric get me about 10 min in shower
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I try to leave the shower to the wife, i trek up to the bath house for a nice big shower, with a lot of hot water, and a full size dumper, for a full size guy !!!
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I use oxyegenics shower head and both gas n electric get me about 10 min in shower
The Oxygenics RV shower head might not be a great saver of water, but I do like mine!
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I run both systems when taking showers. I then turn the propane off.
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The quick recovery we have is supposedly equivalent to 18gph. My wife takes about a 12min showed no problem. Our standard shower head says 1.5gpm so that's also a factor in how much hot water is used. Also, if it's cooler outside the showers are not as long as in the summer due to colder water from the hose.
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We usually didn't take back to back showers but we did have the Oxygenics shower head. Liked it so well I put them in the stick house too.
When we bought the present rig I replaced both shower heads with Oxygenics ones. Our Aqua Hot has two 2,000 watt electric elements and a 65,000 btu diesel burner. I hope we can never run that out of hot water!. If we do then there's something else wrong.
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