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Old 05-06-2014, 05:41 AM   #1
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Electric heater life span....

So I am full timing it in my 27' FB and was curious about the life span of a water heater. My routine usually consists of getting up, turning on the hot water and making coffee, then wait for hot water to shower my question is...

Would it be bad to leave the electric water heater on full time like one would do in a house?
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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I leave mine on when camping. I presume these appliances are meant to be used. If it breaks I'll get it fixed.

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Old 05-06-2014, 07:35 AM   #3
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Good point. I'm 2 weeks into my 3 months of living in it full time and am starting to look for ways to speed up my time getting ready for work.
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Go ahead and use it and don't worry about it: It could last 20 years, or it could break tomorrow despite being almost new - just like any appliance, home or RV.

If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably harder on the element to repeatedly cool down and warm up than to stay in operation. But I wouldn't worry about it.

You could also turn off the water heater after your shower, and turn it on before you go to bed. That way it'll be warm in the morning, but without heating it all day while you're not using it.
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That's an idea to consider as well.
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We always turn Lola's off before we go to bed or leave for the day because we figure we're wasting propane and at night we can hear the pilot turn on and off all night. Doesn't take long at all to heat up in the morning.
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So I am full timing it in my 27' FB and was curious about the life span of a water heater. My routine usually consists of getting up, turning on the hot water and making coffee, then wait for hot water to shower my question is...

Would it be bad to leave the electric water heater on full time like one would do in a house?
If we have sufficient electricity available we run the electric element on the water heater all the time.

If we don't have electricity (or don't have enough of it) we tend to run the gas water heater only during the day. It's loud and it's a waste of propane to run it at night.

The electric elements are cheap and easy to replace, and last reasonably long. Typically they fail because somebody turned the water heater on while it was empty. Or, eventually, because of mineral buildup, though that takes years even in places like Minnesota where the water has a high calcium content.
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Electric heater life span....

Thanks for the advice. Think that will help my time in getting ready and have some hot water during the day.
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