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Old 12-21-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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Anyone out there using a tankless water heater setup that can give some imput?
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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InsideOut-Shari has done some very nice work with a tankless water tank. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f91/...-31084-28.html. I'm sure she will chime in when she can.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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can`t find 1 small enough,with enough flow to make it work,could make a closet into heater room ,but not.I just flip off switch at night and it doesn`t use that much gas.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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We used a Precision Temp "Shower Mate". It is small enough to fit in the corner under our kitchen cabinets. We installed it on drawer glides so it is easier to get behind to mess with the fittings if need be. You can see some pics of it here in post #391. Please note though that it is a "SHOWER MATE" not a Twin Temp as noted...I picked up my error a few posts down (#403)... The main difference between the two is the Twin Temp also has a heater function and the Shower Mate does not.

We have been real happy with it - as long as we have hook-ups, we can take as long of a shower as we want. The only thing I would advise is if you plan on boondocking a bunch, be sure to locate it near the shower/sinks so you don't have a long run of cold water to clear out of the lines to get to the hot. But that goes without saying with any water heater...

We haven't had any trouble with the flow vs size of the unit...it's actually rather compact ~

Thanks for the heads up & link Lee!

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Old 12-24-2009, 10:57 AM   #5
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With Tankless or something like an Atwood hot water heater is it possible to retain the vintage vents on skin from the old Bowen on a 65 Ambie??
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:48 AM   #6
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Take a look at the RV 500 tankless water heater by precision temp. It is designed to fit in the same space as the old 6 gal or 10 gallon tank type water heater. You can get the stainless outside door that looks great on the Airstream. Endless hot water with hookups and propane. I have had mine for about 5 years and it works great.

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Old 12-24-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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Take a look at the RV 500 tankless water heater by precision temp. It is designed to fit in the same space as the old 6 gal or 10 gallon tank type water heater. You can get the stainless outside door that looks great on the Airstream. Endless hot water with hookups and propane. I have had mine for about 5 years and it works great.

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We have a Precision Temp RV500 in our Caravel. It was installed by the previous owner. It quit while on a trip to the east coast. We stopped into the Precision Temp factory in Cincinnati and they had us hooked to water and a tech working on it before I had the engine shut off. They charged for the repair as the unit was out of warranty, but it has worked just fine ever since.

The only down side is when boondocking, it uses some water for start-up. That water can be saved and put back in the fresh water tank.

When you have hook-ups, you have all the hot water you want, anytime you want, and are never heating water you don't use. Really saves on propane.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:04 PM   #8
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Atwood water heater

Here is a picture of the furnace and water heater vents on my '63 Tradewind.

I replaced the original International Oil Burner (LP) furnace with a Suburban and re-plated the skin and used the modern Suburban vent. I replaced the Bowen water heater with an Atwood and had the original Bowen vent retrofitted.
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:50 PM   #9
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Here is a picture of the furnace and water heater vents on my '63 Tradewind.

I replaced the original International Oil Burner (LP) furnace with a Suburban and re-plated the skin and used the modern Suburban vent. I replaced the Bowen water heater with an Atwood and had the original Bowen vent retrofitted.
Was the retrofit difficult?Hate to lose the furnace retrofit,but Andy at Inland says unsafe.International OB and Bower Hot water heater are on separate sides on the 65.If I can keep the water heater original vent that would help.Thanks for the pic. Most helpful.Steve
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Hi, I really need assistance in replacing my original water heater with a tankless one, does anyone have any step by step photos?? I will be doing this by myself and am terrified I am going to screw things up. I am planning on taking out the bathroom to replace the old sink, ect, as the PO cut out large holes in the counter tops, ect!!!! I also need assistance in taking out my old univolt and replacing it with an intellivolt. My wires to my univolt are fried. Thanks..
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RV500 installation

We're happy with the RV500 in our Caravel. Let me add one more caution -- if you turn on the hot water with a low flow, the flow switch in the RV500 won't engage and the heater won't turn on. Not a problem for us, but we did think there was one at first.

Installation wasn't bad, but we had our bath out at the time. The RV500 was smaller than the existing opening -- I don't know what was there before.

See post 37 for a view from the inside and post 48 for a view of the outside in our installation, on this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f145...vel-45046.html

In the latter pic, the clecos are holding the patch in place for a trial fit. We cut the patch from Alclad and fastened it with Olympic rivets. Before putting the heater in, I reinforced between the aluminum panels with 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" framing, held in with a handful of stainless screws.

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