Originally Posted by mouth012006
Has anyone taken out the old hot water heater and installed a compartment door there to cover up the old hole?
I have a tankless heater in my house, and I don't know if I would want one in my RV if I was boondocking. Would be fine if you're hooked up all the time.
Mine is a Bosch, that has no pilot. Has a hydro start that works pretty well. The downside is that it actually takes water running through it for almost 30 seconds before the tank gets hot enough to start heating the water sufficiently. I imagine one with a standing pilot would not be much better.
In short, it's great for saving propane, but I feel it wastes too much water if you're running off a storage tank.
That said, a smaller one geared for camping might work. That portable coleman water heater for example, might work great converted to RV use.
EDIT: I should mention that my incoming water is pretty cold, as it sits in a storage tank outside first in freezing temps. If you're staying in the south, and your H2O is above 60 degrees most of the time, you may not experience the delay in heating.