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Old 06-26-2019, 12:51 AM   #491
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Slats. Have you looked at Excel tankless heaters yet? Price tag is cheaper. Don’t need a professional to install.
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:05 PM   #492
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Does your water heater need replacement? Is it not working? We have a regular water heater and really canít figure out why anyone would install a tankless model. Ours works just fine. It is simple, cheap and very reliable. Another saying comes to mind- ďIf it is not necessary to change then it is necessary not to changeĒ. Boy, I guess I must really sound like an old fart.

To me this is more of a personal preference decision. Whatever works best for you.

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Old 06-26-2019, 05:14 PM   #493
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Dale and Terry get a '66 Tradewind

Tankless water heater is very much a personal preference. I have tankless water heaters at home and in our Airstream because DW prefers endless hot water for her showers or baths. I prefer the peace and quiet because DW doesnít complain about a lack of hot water in either location.

Wasnít a particularly hard install on either one, but the first time DW didnít run out of hot water for her bath made it priceless...well worth the money.

Wives, in my experience, do not like to take Navy showers on the road either.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:18 PM   #494
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We had a good brand of tankless water heater here in our Conifer home. The dumb thing was a maintenance nightmare. The heat exchanger would soot up due to the frequent burner ignitions running on propane. The igniters failed twice. The unit had to be descaled every year with a vinegar soak. There are flow sensors and electronics to tell the thing someone wants a little hot water to wash his hands. It took longer to get hot water at the faucet.

So I installed an old fashioned tank heater. The insulation around it is better than 10 years ago. It is reliable as an anvil, no problems to report. We get hot water at the faucet sooner. And it was significantly less than the tankless job.

Not a fan of tankless even with the promise of endless hot showers. At 4 gpm, a ten minute shower will fill a grey tank. The next thing you know, we will want hot tubs in our trailers.

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Old 06-28-2019, 12:11 AM   #495
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Might as well add my 2 cents as counterpoint to David (who I respect greatly). My original hot water heater was cracked when I bought the trailer so I took it out and opened it up. It was full of minerals and sediment. Gross to think that people were drinking water that came through it. Nonetheless I replaced it with another tank heater. To get it going had to go outside the trailer, open the vent door, turn propane on and ignite. If the wind blew strong the pilot would blow out. Had to replace some regulator doo-dad component a year into it too.

Replaced with tankless now. Have access to everything inside trailer. No sediment build up. Much easier to drain. Lighter weight sealed up that big vent opening that the wasps were nesting in. Iím not much for endless showers but if I ever install a hot tub Iíll have endless hot water to fill it with!
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Old 06-30-2019, 06:42 PM   #496
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Thanks to all for their water heater advice. Now I'm totally confused. So I'm procrastinating by continuing with my cabinet rebuilds. I figure that by the time I get the tanks and plumbing in I'll have the interior components all sitting outside the trailer ready to install. As an aside, I answered one of my own questions the other day. I have asked myself from time to time why I removed and kept the mahogany veneer door panel from my old refrigerator before I took it to the scrap metal yard. My answer to myself the other day was, "Because it would come in handy to replace the formica top of the bedroom dresser." Below is a picture of the old formica top and its replacement, along with the as-yet-unfinished dresser frame with the new dry fitted top (with only the first coat of polyurethane). Of course, I'll have to live with the fact that the grain does not run the same way.
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:10 PM   #497
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Our water heater discussion is what these Forums are all about. Airstreamers giving their experiences with this and that. I appreciate all the good advice I've been given in my project.

Slats, pick a water heater and install it. You won't be disappointed either way.

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Old 07-20-2019, 08:02 PM   #498
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Well, Truma seems to be awfully picky. They wonít sell the Comfort Plus model to end users unless they install it at their facility in Elkhart, Indiana. So looks like Iíll buy down a notch.

On another note, while walking through Costco (a sometimes financially dangerous thing to do), I picked up a wireless backup camera for the Tradewind. Works great and the built-in solar charger is a nifty feature.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:03 PM   #499
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Here it is.
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Here is the old bedroom dresser with the stripped, sanded and polyurethaned doors and hardware back on it.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:25 AM   #501
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Nice work on the dresser doors and hardware. They look new. Mine look 53 years old.

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Old 07-22-2019, 05:35 AM   #502
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Well, for context, as my 71st birthday looms, 53 looks pretty good.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:20 AM   #503
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I have to say Slats I thought you were younger than me. You are aging well. Looks like we went to different schools togather.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:48 AM   #504
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TT - looks can be deceiving. But I have heard that 70 is the new 69.

On another note, yesterday was big box day on the front porch. There I found our new Dickenson heater, Thetford toilet, 230 watts worth of Zamp portable solar panels and assorted ghee-gahs. The Airstream account is loosing weight at an alarming rate. Next up is a Furrion gas range, Isotherm fridge and Truma tankless water heater. Not in the poor house yet, but I can see it from here.
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