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Old 04-05-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hot water heater?

We need to replace the hot water heater in our 76 Argosy, and were just going to replace it with another one just like the other one, but were wondering, has anyone ever replaced their hot water heater with an on-demand one? Would that be an option, or a big hassle installing it? Thoughts, anyone? I know they are more expensive but with no tank to drain, it seems like winterizing would be easier and they would be less costly to operate in the long run.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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There are those who have installed the "tankless" water heaters. Should be made specific for RVs from what I understand.
BTW - you're going to catch grief for calling it a Hot water heater. No need to heat hot water....
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:57 PM   #3
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Fine. It is not a hot water heater. Excuuuuse me. We just got home from 10 hors on the road hauling our Argosy home. Cut me a little slack here, lol!
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Sorry...just a little levity. Certainly no harm intended!
Do a search for "tankless" and you should come up with something.
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:08 PM   #5
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No offense taken, I will check online for a tankless heater. Thanks

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Old 04-06-2008, 04:32 AM   #6
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be seated when you "look into" the price... Good luck with replacing that cold water heater. Here is my new cold water heater...
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... made to look old. I went with the old fashion one. I felt a tankless would give a false sense of having unlimited water and worse yet unlimited waste water storage. I also went for the pilot light model due to me not feeling comfortable with just flipping a switch. I know that regardless, I would be walking outside to check the flame, so why not just light it as I check... see the logic?. I also went with this simple model so that no power was required to make it work.
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The only tankless water heater unit that has been approved for RV use is the RV-500 made by Precision-Temp, Inc. Welcome to PrecisionTemp.com . Others have broached the subject of usng some domestic units in their RV, but the venting requirements usually prohibit a safe and aproved installation. Remember, safety is key when thinking about installing any LP appliance in an RV.

BTW, I have an RV-500 in my CCD and have installed bunch of them in other RVs as well. I have had one in my RVs since 2000 and have never had a failure or service call on these units.

Just a word of caution......endless hot water for showers can become addictive....causing you to spend an inordinate amount of time in the shower .
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I think after looking at the units and the prices, we will probably just stick with a new Atwood/Bowen for our replacement. Sheesh those things are expensive! Thanks for your advice.
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We just got home from 10 hors on the road hauling our Argosy home.
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