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Old 06-10-2010, 09:54 PM   #15
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Our first few trips out we turned on the heater and left it on until we left. But we have found since it is only two of us, we turn it on shortly before we want showers.We also do navy showers. Doesn't take very long for the water to heat. Plus we are camping and what is the hurry for a shower? We have turned to a lot of paper plates, cups ect - therefore generally we don't have a lot of dishes. I usually just set the dishes needing to be washed in a plastic tub that fits in the sink, and wash dishes at the end of the day. Works for us.

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Old 06-10-2010, 10:09 PM   #16
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It depends which water heater you have, but it doesn't seem to me any water heater would run constantly. Eventually the water would be boiling. There should be a thermostat to turn the flame (or electricity) off when the water is up to temp. Maybe your thermostat is defective, or the flame is not properly adjusted to heat the water quickly. The burner may need cleaning. I'm sure there could other things to check too.

I find the water heater we have heats water very fast. We turn it off when not using it to heat water for a shower or washing dishes. The tank is very well insulated and water stays hot for many hours.

Even in Winnipeg the water temp should not be so cold at this time of year to cause the water heater to run so long.


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Old 06-10-2010, 10:42 PM   #17
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In our Excella, we turn the water heater on when we get up in the morning, turn it off after breakfast dishes. On again when we start dinner, off again at bed time.

Our Caravel has a Precision Temp RV 500. Works on demand and only heats water needed. Doesn't use much gas at all, but the unit, installed by the PO, is big bucks.

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