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Old 08-22-2007, 07:00 PM   #29
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My vote is to conserve lp
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:38 PM   #30
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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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Same here. Lighting the water heater in the rain on a windy morning, no thank you. I have never heard ours cycle at night even when it has been well below freezing. Then again I don't hear much of anything any more.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:55 PM   #31
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Consensus? We don't need no -----ing consensus! You'll never get us to agree on anything as simple as that.
I have to disagree with that...
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:07 AM   #32
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I have to disagree with that...
On the other hand, re-read the variety of opinions. Might the proof be in the pudding?
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:11 AM   #33
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Is there general consensus on if it's best to turn off water heater at night or is it best to leave on to minimize LP consumption? Climate/region/season dependent?
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:09 AM   #34
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We turn it on 5 minutes before showering or doing dishes. Turn it off when done.

What about the draining issue? We usually have a week to 2 weeks between trips. We drain the water before storing the trailer, but I don't drain the hot water tank. Should I be doing so?

Drain or not to drain between short storage... thoughts?
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:29 AM   #35
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Our water heater also has an electronic ignition. I flip the switch 10 to 15 minutes before I need hot water in the morning then turn it off when I'm done. It stays hot pretty much all day.

Now, if we had a water heater similar to the ones my parents had when camping and we needed to go outside to light the thing, no way would I turn it off until my camping stay was over.

The electronic ignition on our first camper (SOB) surely put a smile on my face.

We don't blow out the water heater, but I do run diluted bleach through it a couple times a year. Last year we got hold of some very sulfury water at a state park and now it seems like the hot water smells funny (sort of sulfur-ish) if we don't use a bit of bleach now and then. We were told by a fellow knowledgable airstreamer that older water heaters can get a good layer of deposits from hard water (boy, we do have that) and the deposit layer will absorb and latch onto odors. I don't know if that is the only reason but the infrequent bleaching does seem to help.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:12 AM   #36
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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.
I live in mine too, and I also leave it on. I also use my stove daily for at least one meal.

I just refilled my two 30lb propane tanks on Monday... the last time I put propane in was in March, so that should be a testimony to how little propane you use with these two appliances.

In winter I was surprised and shocked at how fast the furnace burned through propane! It also blasts two minutes of cold air followed by hot, hot air, then stops, waits for the temperature to drop and starts all over again.

RV furnaces have apparently "always been that way" and no one is working on a better system for mass production. I do think there was a thread about someone who adapted a water heater, a pump, a thermostat and some flexible tubing into a hot water radiator system for an RV... I think using computer fans to gently move the heat throughout the interior area, with tubing in the belly to keep the tanks from freezing. Actually I can't think why "in the floor" (under the plywood) radiant heat wouldn't work for an Airstream. I know it would use a fraction of the heat a furnace does... Brain working... will a second water heater fit in the space where the furnace is? Venting to outside? Taking off the belly pan and insulation and... (OK that sounds like work and I'm over it now ... but who do I know who has talent and likes money? Hmmm... )

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Old 08-23-2007, 09:31 AM   #37
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It depends. When I had my 1963 Overlander with a pilot light, I left it on all night. Too much trouble to have to get dressed and go outside early in the morning and light it.

When I had my 1991 Excella with an electronic ignition and an on/off switch in the bathroom, I turned it off each night.

This might sound lazy, but most use of my trailer use has been at my deer camp and lighting the water heater meant going outside in sub-freezing temps, in the dark between 4:30 to 5:00 AM in the morning.

The 1953 pictured in my avitar came with an electric water heater. (still being restored and not useable)

Electronic ignition is a wonderful thing.
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:04 PM   #38
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We don't blow out the water heater, but I do run diluted bleach through it a couple times a year. Last year we got hold of some very sulfury water at a state park and now it seems like the hot water smells funny (sort of sulfur-ish) if we don't use a bit of bleach now and then. We were told by a fellow knowledgable airstreamer that older water heaters can get a good layer of deposits from hard water (boy, we do have that) and the deposit layer will absorb and latch onto odors. I don't know if that is the only reason but the infrequent bleaching does seem to help.
This may be a stupid question, but how does one put bleach in the water heater? pj
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:48 PM   #39
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This may be a stupid question, but how does one put bleach in the water heater? pj
Not a stupid question, just a description by me that was probably not as specific as was necessary.

I don't put it directly in the water heater tank. I add bleach (and water) to the water tank the same as if I were going to sanitize the tank in the spring. Then run the hot water spigot(s) until I can smell the bleach a bit. Let sit overnight or a day or two. Drain and rinse well.
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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 09-10-2007, 06:11 PM   #41
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Our water heater gets turned on/off inadvertantly while camping. The switch is in the bathroom, and, looks just like the light switch. I do flush out the hot water tank with a special hose nossle that camping world sells for that purpose. I also put an anode bar on the drain valve to prevent mineral build-up.
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:36 PM   #42
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Consensus? We don't need no -----ing consensus! You'll never get us to agree on anything as simple as that. After all some of us have LP to burn. Some will find the question luke-warm, while others are already in over their heads–not that I intended to throw cold water on your inquiry though
I'm watching what he does, and doing just the opposite!


Just do this once ...and you will know the answer.

"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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