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Old 08-18-2007, 06:56 AM   #15
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I leave ours on. It is a standing pilot unit, with no DSI, and as others have said, it is well-insulated. The pilot is enough to keep the water hot between uses. The price of leaving the pilot lit equates to about 1/4 of a day's use over the life of the 30 pound tank of LP.
Also, Murphy's law says that when I want to use the hot water, and need to light the pilot, it will be raining/snowing/tornadoes/lightning/etc.

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Old 08-18-2007, 08:19 AM   #16
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If on propane I leave it on. It is cold at night when I an running on propane. I do not want it to even have a chance of freezing since I live full time in the trailer.

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Old 08-18-2007, 08:35 AM   #17
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Exactly what Overlander63 said. Those of us fortunate enough to have pilot lights on our water heaters find that the main flame rarely comes on. If you are at all conservative with water usage, the pilot light usually does the job. For those who complain of the water being too hot, TURN THE THERMOSTAT DOWN! I suppose if the burner noise disturbs sleep, turning the controller to "pilot" would solve that problem but I would think that the frustration of forgetting to turn the w/h on in time to have hot water when wanted would far outweigh the small amount of propane used to keep the water hot. And I thought I was convervative! Get a grip, people! Darol
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:43 AM   #18
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I hadn't really given this subject much thought but I will now be aware of keeping it off unless needed. I think no matter what you decided to do , and there are reason why you might leave it on but conservation in just about everyway we use energy will be necessary in the next century. May as well get some pratice in.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:09 AM   #19
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I turn it on the first thing in the morning and turn it off once everyone is done with their showers. There doesn't seem to be much point in keeping it on the rest of the day - it stays hot enough for washing hands, etc.

The only time we turned it on again at night was in PA in December.

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Old 08-18-2007, 09:11 AM   #20
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We have found that our unit heats water quickly enough even in cold weather, that we turn it off at night. We turn it on when we first get up and off again when we go out for the day.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:13 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by yukionna
The top ten reasons to keep a water heater running 24/7...

10. You have a large family
9. You wash dishes 3+ times per day
8. You have unlimited access to refilling your propane tank
7. You like to take 3+ showers per day
6. Your spouse likes to take 3+ showers per day
5. You don't want to have to think about remembering to turn it on and off
4. ?
3. ?
2. ?
1. ?

OK, I can't think of 10 reasons...feel free to help with my list!
Number 4: Just to let other RV's know you have a working hot water heater.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:57 AM   #22
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3 it uses so little propane it is not worth worring about. remember you are on vacation!

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Old 08-22-2007, 10:59 AM   #23
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I turn mine on in the morning (actually, when one or the other of us gets up before rise 'n shine time, knowwhatImean?) and turn it off again after we are done with breakfast. I also don't like to leave it running if we are away for the day.

I think it does use quite a bit of propane to keep water hot, when it is not in use. If we are on an extended trip, I try to delay refills by conserving when ever possible.

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Old 08-22-2007, 12:24 PM   #24
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When I lived in my Airstream for 4 months, I kept it on all the time. It really doesn't use that much propane, plus it keeps the spiders from taking up residence in the burn tube, also keeps moisture out, which keeps things from rusting.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:33 PM   #25
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I usually remember to turn ours on just as the cold water is spraying on my wife in the shower and I hear this awful squeal coming from the bathroom area. I then rush over and hit the switch - so that I can honestly reply that the hot water heater is on when asked in a very seductive tone "is the darn hot water on????". With everything else in need of repairs it's not to hard for me just to blame it on the trailer....
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:42 PM   #26
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We turn ours "on" when we arrive and "off" when we leave. Ours is vintage which means you have to go outside and take off the cover to light it with a flame....playing with fire is not something I want to do first thing in the morning before my shower.

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Old 08-22-2007, 03:21 PM   #27
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On when we arrive as part of the setup and off when we leave. DSI - doesn't use much gas at all.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:58 PM   #28
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As others have stated; these things are so efficent and well insulated we turn ours off when finished for the period of use.

We flush ours on a regular basis in order to keep the mineral build up in the tank bottom to a minimum.

Propane is so very corrosive when burning. You may fell that to be another reason for limited use. We've seen older units with the exterior sheetmetal in the water heater exterior compartment with heavy corrosion around the exhaust. Just a thought.


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