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Old 06-09-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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How long to heat water?

Just wondering about the hot water heater in my 1997 Airstream. I have only owned this Airstream for a few days and have turned on the hot water tank for the first time. It is making lots of hot water but it has been burning none stop. Over half an hour now. Does it normally take this long? Any ideas as to how long it cycles on and off while maintaining hot water? Should I be turning it off during the day and not heat the water all the time?
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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Hi, I haven't timed my water heater, but it depends on how cold the water is coming into it. Mine only runs for about 10 to 15 minutes.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:54 AM   #3
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We never leave ours on all the time. Five minutes or so and the water is getting hot. Our unit is fairly new and gas only.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:11 AM   #4
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I am temporarily living in my trailer. I turn on the water heater when I wake up each morning. It stops burning in about 10-15 minutes. I take my shower, and turn it off until the next morning. LP gas is expensive - the local place charges $22 to fill a 30# tank.
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I recently installed a new dual LPG/110vAC unit in my Soveriegn. It will heat the water on either or both energy sources. My procedure is to turn on the water heater about a coffee-mug worth's of time before I want to use the shower. Maybe 15 minutes max on LPG only, when I select both LGP/110vAC mode; its ready in 10min. I would suggest not running it continuously for a variety of reasons already covered in above posts, especially for fuel saving reasons.

PS: Being a former sea-going USN-type, we both are accustomed to Navy Showers, that is to say, save water by:
1. turn shower ON,
2. get wet,
3. turn shower OFF,
4. soap up,
5. turn shower ON,
6. rinse off,
7. turn shower OFF and towel-down.

You can have drills to see who can take the shortest "run through the rain locker." But we can be weird with some things "Airstream."
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I am temporarily living in my trailer. I turn on the water heater when I wake up each morning. It stops burning in about 10-15 minutes. I take my shower, and turn it off until the next morning. LP gas is expensive - the local place charges $22 to fill a 30# tank.
Wow wish it was that cheap here.
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A little off topic, apologies... But, anyone familiar with or have used the "see thru" LPG bottles from Lite Cylinder (see link below)? They certainly don't look as nice as polished aluminum... but they seem awfully convenient!


http://www.litecylinder.com/static/a...20_lb_spec.pdf

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Thanks for the pointers. Turning it on when needed seems to be the way to go. And on that last note. I have seen those see thru bottles. My local marine store had them, they seem to be popular with the sailboat crowd. I believe they are some sort of composite so in the salt water there is no corrosion. I'd probably look into them a little more when the time came to replace the tanks I have now.
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The bottles have been a topic of recent conversation and certainly piqued my interest. It's hard to beat the appearance of those polished aluminum ones though.

Here's the latest thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f206...ere-65253.html

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A little off topic, apologies... But, anyone familiar with or have used the "see thru" LPG bottles from Lite Cylinder (see link below)? They certainly don't look as nice as polished aluminum... but they seem awfully convenient!


http://www.litecylinder.com/static/a...20_lb_spec.pdf

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Thanks for the pointers. Turning it on when needed seems to be the way to go. And on that last note. I have seen those see thru bottles. My local marine store had them, they seem to be popular with the sailboat crowd. I believe they are some sort of composite so in the salt water there is no corrosion. I'd probably look into them a little more when the time came to replace the tanks I have now.
As for water heater usage, were spot users as well only turning it on when needed. Re-heat time for us usually takes 15 minutes or so.

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I installed a new Atwood 6 gal. gas/electric water heater 3 years ago. After 10 - 15 minutes, summer temps, of heater operation I've discovered that between hot water usage the pilot light alone maintains the water temp without re-firing. If I turn off the w-heater it fires up again after turning the gas on and again burns 10 + munites. I'm wondering if leaving the pilot on uses less gas.
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I light it up when I set up and turn it off when I turn the water off to leave. I guess I am wasteful. When I turn the water heater off, I next unplug the trailer. As soon as that happens the burner on the fridge fires up. I guess as long as I am using the trailer, I have something burning propane.
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We turn ours on when we set up and turn it off when we bug out. I don't know that that is wasteful because the water heater runs less than 15 minutes between uses each day. We also want hot water on demand for doing dishes after each meal and our sons take their shower at night and my wife and I take ours in the morning. It does take about 15 minutes for the initial heating and we allow 10 minutes between showers for it to re-heat the water. If we were to turn it on every time we wanted hot water it would run more than it does just to keep the water hot between demand. Not to mention how inconvenient it would be to have to wait 15 minutes every time we wanted to wash dishes or jump in the shower. And yes, we do take Navy showers to conserve water and propane.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:31 PM   #13
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Hi, I used to turn on my water heater when I got into camp and turn it off when we left, but now I know that I don't need that blast furnace kicking on in the middle of the night. The water in the tank stays hot for a long time, so turning it back on in the morning works good for us.
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Turn it on when we set up and turn it off when we pack up. It only turns on if we use hot water and does it quickly. Making coffee in the morning is much faster with hot water in the pot. It's all about priorities...
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