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Old 09-17-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Water heater question.

So when we bought our TT the previous owner told us that the water heater ignitor was not but showed me that it could be lit manually. He was also nice enough to provide a new ignitor to install at my leisure.

He also "told" me it didn't leak but that is a story for a different time...but I can tell you a camper that doesn't leak does not require $200 in eternabond, and endless hours on the roof, whereas this TT does!

Upon further diagnosis it would appear that the problem with the water heater is not the ignitor, rather the circuit board.

Luckily it a gas/electric model and the electric side works. So my question is with the gas side I know I would have had to fire the water heater about an hour prior to needing hot water. On the electric side do I turn it off between uses while camping or do I leave it on for hot water on demand without waiting?


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You can leave it on. Assuming the thermostat functions, it works like the water heater in your house. Turns on when temps get low, turns off when water is hot.

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You can use either electric or gas or both at the same time.
Electric is going to take longer to heat the tank between uses. But is free.
Gas is going to heat the tank quicker.
But i have been told that you can use both at the same time to heat the tank even faster.

We normal use electric as if free. once the water is hot you can turn off the heating source until you are ready to start using water, My tank stays hot over night and and all day if not used.

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You can leave it on. Assuming the thermostat functions, it works like the water heater in your house. Turns on when temps get low, turns off when water is hot.
How would I tell if the thermostat is properly functioning?
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:57 PM   #5
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Probably not the best way, but I just check mine from time to time using the galley faucet, a coffee cup and a meat thermometer. As long as I get a reading of 120 to 140 (or so) I'm comfortable that the T-Stat is working.
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:17 AM   #6
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I always turn it off between trips, we to not keep a water supply to the TT while not in use,if the water drops below the element, good bye element. Also running it all the time consumes eletrc. and also produces more sediment in the tan and around the element.

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