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Old 04-24-2016, 06:02 PM   #15
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I have a 1996 Pace Arrow Vision and also only able to run on LP GAS
I run all the time as it very seldom kicks in anyways and if it do it's only for a few minutes. But at night I do shut it off because of the noise, and my tank is located close to the rear bedroom.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:29 PM   #16
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Depends how we camped...

- if using electric and the cost was included in our camp price, we'd leave it on.

- if using electric and we were paying for the electric - very rare, we'd turn it off at night and after showers or dishwashing. The water would still be warm inbetween and first thing in the morning for hand washing.

- if boondocking or dry camping we would not leave the propane on constantly. Again, it stays warm a long time and if we need it hot it only takes 5-10 minutes to get it hot.
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Just courious, when camping do people just leave their hot water heater on all the time or turn it off at night? I normally turn it off at night so it won't turn on and off all night long. When I get up in the morning, I turn it back on because it don't take that long to heat up water.

Barry, our WH is electric and LPG. We leave the AC on all the time we're hooked up to shore power, and also turn on the LPG while we're taking showers in order to have more hot water longer!
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Just courious, when camping do people just leave their hot water heater on all the time or turn it off at night? I normally turn it off at night so it won't turn on and off all night long. When I get up in the morning, I turn it back on because it don't take that long to heat up water.
Depends on how you camp and what your system is. As you can see you get all kinds of answers and advise. If you have full hook ups while camping then why not just leave it on if you have the electric heater availability. That is what I do. If I dry camp and run the generator for any length of time I run the electric heater to save propane. When I dry camp and have no need to run generator then I run propane heater but never leave it on all night long as it seems a waste of fuel to me. You can make hot water rather quickly once you hit the burners.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:16 AM   #19
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Now I am wondering, I THINK we are only LP? Asked someone that also had a Bounder and he said he had a switch that would switch between LP and electric and I don't have that switch, just one switch to turn it on to heat but will call Fleetwood tomorrow.

Barry, I don't have a Bounder, but these things share so many similar systems I'll chime in and recommend you open the access door to your HWH and look for a toggle switch. If you have one then your HWH is gas/electric. If running it on electric be sure it's full of water otherwise you'll burn out the element.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:25 AM   #20
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If tank heater we would leave it off most of the time. Turning it on ahead of shower or meal time needs. Now with tankless, we mostly leave it on.
If I may ask. what Type and brand water heater do you have?. Many Thanks
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We generally run ours on electric and as full timers, the only time we turn it off is when we are moving or if we leave the RV. When we leave the RV, we turn off both the water and the water heater as we only use our fresh water tank and pump. That way, we do not come back to some sort of catastrophic water issue.
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I'm pretty sure all late model Bounders have combo gas/electric heaters. The heater model number will tell you, but of course won't show where the switch is. Often the electric mode switch is well away from the gas mode switch, and may even look like a residential wall switch. Mine was originally in the cabinet under the bathroom sink! Duh! I moved it out where we could see/use it easily, and also added am indicator light for it.
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The notion of "saving propane" may be hard to assess. Either it runs x number of times for brief periods to keep the water hot, or a for longer time once or twice a day to reheat the substantially cooled water. In warm summer temperatures. the tank probably cools slowly, no either method is not going to consume a lot of extra propane, but cold weather is harder to figure.

At a guess I would think there is a slight savings of propane if you only have ti turn the gas heat on once a day. If you find you do it more often, e.g. to wash dinner dishes and in the morning as well, maybe you aren't saving anything at all.

I won't argue pro or con - it's just something to think about.
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Ours is gas only.

We turn it off at night because it sits under the head of our bed, about 2 inchs behind the emergency exit window.

Not the paranoid type, I just don't want to hear the rumble of a flame so close as I nod off.
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I leave the electric side on all the time when stopped. I'll turn on the LP if taking showers or high water usage. Nothing on when on the road.

X-2 same here.
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Ours has propane and electric but the electric never seemed warm or hot enough for my spouse. The first time she took a shower with electric only the propane was immediately turned on and is always on when we travel. Works for her so that works for me. But everyone needs to do what works for them.
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With the Dutch Star we had AC, LP and Motor Aid. Water was hot when we stopped. We almost always used the AC unless we were taking showers, then I'd turn on the propane burner.
With the present rig we have 2-2000 watt electric elements as well as the 65,000BTU diesel burner. If on 30 amp I turn on one element, if on 50 amp I turn on both, then if showering I turn on the diesel burner.
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I have only had propane on my truck camper and now my fifth wheel and I leave the heater on all of the time. I don't really see much of a difference in propane usage either way. I do like hot water whenever I want it. We have a relatively short camping season here in Maine so for me the cost is negligible and off set by the electricity and oil I don't use in my home while camping.

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