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Old 05-04-2016, 12:33 PM   #1
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We are looking for a 40' DP. We have many questions about hydronic heating, tankless water heat, etc. some of the posts have been helpful but I'm still confused about a couple concepts (ok - many, but I'll start with these)

1. Does "tankless" mean the rig has hydronic heat? And are Aqua-Hot and Oasis the name brands for hydronic heat? Is "instant hot water" the same as tankless?

2. Is not having a Propane tank but having a hydronic unit a weight benefit?

3. Are there maintenance benefits to either system?

4. We are seeing many 40'ers that have 3 roof units, and some with 2. If we aren't going to be doing much boondocking nor traveling in extreme temperatures (not planning on it, at least), is 2 adequate? If it is, will it hurt the resale value?

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Yohomoho,

Welcome to the forum! Can't answer a single question that you asked but you sure came to the right place to get those answers. Under "RV Forums" there is a tech area, have you checked that out yet?

Good luck and welcome to a great lifestyle! Lynne
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We are looking for a 40' DP. We have many questions about hydronic heating, tankless water heat, etc. some of the posts have been helpful but I'm still confused about a couple concepts (ok - many, but I'll start with these)

1. Does "tankless" mean the rig has hydronic heat? And are Aqua-Hot and Oasis the name brands for hydronic heat? Is "instant hot water" the same as tankless?

2. Is not having a Propane tank but having a hydronic unit a weight benefit?

3. Are there maintenance benefits to either system?

4. We are seeing many 40'ers that have 3 roof units, and some with 2. If we aren't going to be doing much boondocking nor traveling in extreme temperatures (not planning on it, at least), is 2 adequate? If it is, will it hurt the resale value?

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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Don't know the answers to 1,2 or 3. We don't have those systems.

I think you will find that most 40' DP's will have 2 A/C's. That should be fine if they are 15K units, but our 40' Windsor has the 13.5k which really struggles in very hot weather.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Glad to have you here with us.

Instant hot water and tankless are the same thing.
A hydronic unit will weigh less then a full propane tank
If you are not going to be in hot climates 2 units are sufficient to keep the coach cool. Of course three will make it cooler faster.
I'm 43' and only have two A/Cs and I'm comfy.

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Glad to have you here with us.

Instant hot water and tankless are the same thing.
A hydronic unit will weigh less then a full propane tank
If you are not going to be in hot climates 2 units are sufficient to keep the coach cool. Of course three will make it cooler faster.
I'm 43' and only have two A/Cs and I'm comfy.

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Thank you - I appreciate the input.
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