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Old 08-01-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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Hot water heater on while traveling?

I know its been discussed about running the fridge on propane while in transit, but what about the hot water heater?

We are going to need to shower as soon as we arrive at the site tonight, and I would like to have hot water. So should I leave it on electric (battery) or propane, or nothing at all while traveling?

The fridge will be running on propane while in transit
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No battery power to the hot water element, is only 120v .
The burner on the H/W tank is not shielded from wind the way the fridge burner is.
JMHO: leave it off , and make sure it's the first thing you turn on when you get to your site, you can even put both gas & electric on to speed the heat up. You will have hot water , by the time your set up camp.

EDIT: Also if the water is hot when you leave in the AM, you'll be surprised how little temp it looses during the day.
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I don't think any are hooked up to a inverter/battery. Unless you run a generator, then it will heat up on electric.
Run it on LP but if you stop to fuel up turn it off before getting to the pumps.
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I don't think any are hooked up to a inverter/battery. Unless you run a generator, then it will heat up on electric.
Run it on LP but if you stop to fuel up turn it off before getting to the pumps.

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If you turn on both gas & electric when you get to where you're going, it'll be hot in about 20 minutes.
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Yeah, if its not shielded, then maybe its not worth it. Thanks for the help
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Just leave it off. When you arrive at the camp ground, after connection to shore power, turn on both electric and gas for the HW heater. That's what we did in our previous coach. You'll be surprised how fast that will heat your six or ten gallon HW heater. By the time your ready for a shower you'll have hot water.
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I think that is the new plan. thanks
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We turn off the propane right before we go down the road. It stays off till we get where we will be stopped for the night. Fridge is now a residential model and it stays on all the time. The hot water heater gets turned off until we stop and no stove top use until we stop and turn the propane back on. For us there are just too many bridges, tunnels, little side neighborhoods, etc that have propane restrictions that we just don't want to try to remember them all so the propane just gets turned off. The water heats up very fast when we do turn it back on so it's just not a big deal to turn off the propane to us.
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