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Old 11-24-2016, 08:09 AM   #29
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No, I turn on the water heater about 15 minutes before I need it. Just can't see the need to waste the energy, plus the wear and tear on the heater. But that's just me.
That's what we do, too. We really do not use hot water very much. We got in the habit of switching hot water on and off while on 30 amp service with AC running. We have kept the habit while on 50 amp.
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I suspect that there is really very little propane used to keep the tank on, and the extra amount used to heat cold water may be more than the small amount saved to keep it warm.

I do not know of a study done, nor the consumption rates however. I am just guessing.
That was what I thought also. We have a Bunn coffee maker that keeps the water hot all the time. They claim the energy used to heat the water from cold is more than keeping hot.

When plugged in, it's a no brainer to leave the tank on electric. When we are only on 30amp we will switch to LP and leave it on unless we aren't using the a/c. I'm not worried about the cost of LP but it's a PIA to drive somewhere to fill the giant tank and usually expensive to have it delivered.

The ambient temperature would have an affect on the LP consumption of course. If you are camped somewhere that it's 100 the tank will keep itself warm. If you are camped somewhere that it's 30, you need to drive south
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Not usually. All it takes is one real mess to get most folks to shut off potential problems. We had one in our first RV, don't want one in the latest. Then there is the issue that the tank will hold more than hot enough for hand washing all day or all night so we just shut it off after the dishes are done.
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We leave our on all the time in CGs. It is electric. Why turn it off?
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When your pressure relief leaks shut off water to hot water tank and open pressure relief valve untill all water stops flowing . Shut valve and return water pressure. This puts air at the top of tank. Almost always stops the drip.
I'll try that, good to know.
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No, I turn on the water heater about 15 minutes before I need it. Just can't see the need to waste the energy, plus the wear and tear on the heater. But that's just me.
Me too. My heater heats faster with gas than electric.
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When you are in a campground, do you leave your hot water tank on all day?
We do and our 10 gallon Suberban WH is a "propane only" model SW10D.
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