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Old 07-29-2005, 07:03 PM   #1
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Quick boondocking question....

When parked and set do you leave the water pump and water heater on all the time or just prior to use???
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:23 PM   #2
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We leave our water heater on, but it probably would save propane if we turned it off while away from the trailer. Your call.
We usually turn the pump switch off when not in use. The pump cuts off once the line is pressurized so leaving the pump switch on probably would be OK.
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:31 PM   #3
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"Just in time" are the rules we follow

When we do not have hookups we turn the water pump on only we when need it and we turn the water heater on about 20 minutes before we want hot water.

I don't know if any of these two things draw power much from our batteries. But, if they do then we have saved enough to power our LCD TV for the evening.
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i leave my pump off when away from the trailer. the heater only cycles about every 3 hours or so, i leave it on.

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Pump off when not in use, water heater too.
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When parked and set do you leave the water pump and water heater on all the time or just prior to use???
Pump off, since I am afraid of flooding my unattended trailer by accident.
Water heater stays on, too much work to light a manual pilot several times a day. If I had electronic ignition on it, then I'd probably turn it off when leaving the trailer.
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Pump off and water heater off. With my '77 I have to go outside and light the water heater but on the '86 I can get up in the morning, hit the auto light and go back to bed for another 30 minutes while it warms up.
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:09 PM   #8
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Thanks, sounds like either way works out okay. I started to worry myself that I was unkowingly messing my systems up.
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There have been some horror stories where someone left their trailer in a campground and a hose fitting slipped thereby flooding the trailer floor/rug. I always turn the water off at the faucet when leaving for a few hours so leaving the pump off when boondocking serves the same purpose.

There have been several posts on the forum showing burned up trailers, both fires starting from the water heater area. That is why I rarely leave mine burning while sleeping at night.
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