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Old 08-06-2016, 10:39 AM   #15
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I've left mine running for over a year straight on propane.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:09 PM   #17
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When boondocking with propane....only when needed.
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When boondocking on in the morning then off after dishes are done. That covers cleanup and showers if doing then. Coast through the day and on again for dinner/shower/ cleanup cycle. Tank will coast nicely through the day or night for hand washing and a bit of cleanup.
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Only takes about 15 minutes to heat the tank on propane (depending on the outside air temp), so we leave it off at night.
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Ours runs only on propane, so there is no way to supplement heating with the generator or any other way. We turn it on when needed.

I've also found that when dry camping, turning it on for 8-9 minutes is enough for a "quick" shower with out having to fiddle with the knobs to get the temperature right every time you shut it off to suds up. If the HW heater runs till it shuts off, I often use more water adjusting temps than I do showering!
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We run our water heater only when we need showers. A tea pot of hot water plus cold from the tank takes care of dishes. Why heat up 6-12 gallons when only 1 gallon is needed.
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We turn ours on propane side as soon as we make camp. If we're hooked to shore power, I'll switch on the electric side too. And they stay on until we break camp (however long that is).

Running both propane and electric uses *very* little propane, unless we're taking showers, then you hear it come on and run. Rest of the time, I don't think it comes on at all, maybe a little if DW is washing a bunch of dishes/pots and pans.
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