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Old 10-17-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hello Again! Water heater question...

Hey All!
I haven't posted in a month, but it feels like six months!

If any of you recall...I bought a 74 LandYacht in Georgia and was preparing to move it to Texas and live in it full-time.

I hired Synergy Transport to haul The Riveteer and had no problems with them at all, btw.

I am kinda, sorta living in the trailer. It has been a slow process so far and shows no signs of speeding up, but it is getting there!

The Riveteer is parked where she will be for the foreseeable future, we do have power and water, and are in the process of tying in to an existing septic tank.

I have missed this forum! (Internet connection in my new locale is slow/spotty. arghh)

WATER HEATER. The original heater appears to need a new thermostat and burner. anyway, that is what was suggested that i start with.

What do you all think? start chasing parts and replacing them or replace the whole unit with something new. (which most likely would be an electric on demand...maybe, I'm open to learning...)

Some things to consider: single, female occupant. the trailer is permanently moored- so to speak. always, and, always, cost is major factor.

Thanks in advance for replies and thanks for reading! :-)

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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I would not be hunting down parts and paying labor on a 38 year old water heater.

Getting a new unit will most likely put you money ahead and relieve you of future frustration, especially if you intend to full time in your trailer.

Just my opinion.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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I second Jim's statements: go get yourself a new one.

Wait till you see one on sale, they often are. And shop around, there are lots of discount RV places online that could save you money, but keep an eye on shipping costs.

They just wear out, and spring leaks. Not fun!

But also be aware that you will probably have to re-position the gas line, and fab up a new opening. Things have changed in 38 years
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, appreciate your advice. I'll try and keep you posted on progress.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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If you're hooked up somewhere for the foreseeable future and don't plan to roll down the highway, you might get a stopgap (ie cheaper) on demand electric or something new not necessarily made for a trailer. Trailer appliances are heavy duty, made to bounce around and not break. A new trailer water heater is 350-500 bucks and then it has to be installed, unless you can do it yourself. There are other threads about this, where posters are warned away from a non RV heater, but it might be okay for a temporary fix for a couple of years... and then invest in something made for an RV. There are little electric on demand units that might work, but don't totally cheap out... a no name brand may be no bargain.
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Another advantage of a new one is that you can buy a spark-ignition model, and turn it off when you don't need hot water and have it light at the flick of a switch without having to go out at O-dark-30 in flipflops and a robe when the wind blew the pilot out.
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Globie64: Beyond a low-volume Instahot at the sink, electric demand water heaters are not competitive with propane or natural gas, and that's in a residential setting with 200A to work with.

My residential natural gas demand water heater in the house was about $1k. Granted, it's more than I'd need for a trailer, but going up in gpm didn't cost that much, I think the cheapest viable option was about $700.
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And the on demand ones are AC only, I believe. No wilderness camping, if that's true...
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I understand, I have two Takagi on-demand in my home, on Propane, one for domestic water heating and one for in floor space heating. I was suggesting, if the original poster was hooked to shore power for the near future, she could get by with a small 120v electric, if low cost trumped everything else. Myself, I looked around and just had Avalon RV install an Atwood 6gal with the remote, electric start, and love it. The thought of having to go outside to light the pilot or switch it on was enough of a deterrent to pay 250 bucks more. BUT, for the poster, a cheap and temporary fix might be okay, til they can scrape up the dough for a proper RV water heater.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:56 PM   #10
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Hi do you have natural gas ?. I have had a aqua star tankless for the last 15 years endless hot water is bliss. also have propain burner just in case
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