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Old 02-07-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Adding a compartment door?

Has anyone taken out the old hot water heater and installed a compartment door there to cover up the old hole?
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:33 PM   #2
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I have retrofitted a new water heater in place where the old one was located. Are you completely eliminating heated water from your trailer?
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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no, we are going with a tankless water heater instead....and putting this further in the back of the trailer...so now there is a big opening in the side of the camper where the old original one was
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We are going to just put a board in to seal up the space and put the vent and cover back on so it looks like it did. We are also going to go with an on demand heater and put it in the BR closet.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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That is exactly what we were thinking....we were going to put the tankless heater in the closet located in the rear bath of our Argosy.
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What's there now? I have an access door to service my heater. Why not just leave it & add a locking handle? Who couldn't use more storage? You could just get a large sheet of Aluminum & rivet it over the hole like it belongs there. Round off the square corners if putting on the panel.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:03 PM   #7
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we still have the door to access the hot water heater that was there...now there is just a large opening....I was worried about trying to just mount it on there with a hinge because of the vents....do not need anything else leaking in my trailer. Already working on fixing the leaking from the front of the camper. Completely changed out the rotten floor in the front already. The opening will be in the back of the cabinets.
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What brand of tankless are you considering?
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:29 PM   #9
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10L LPG Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater Marey 20D
That is the one that we are thinking about using....have to make a decision pretty soon....that part is coming up pretty soon.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:34 PM   #10
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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.
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This is a very well priced unit. I am very curious about the water running through it before it gets warm because that is a definite down side. Kevin & Monique, is there any info available on this?

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PS-I think Inland RV has some replacement doors available:

http://www.inlandrv.com/catalog/imag...oors64to68.jpg

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Actually now that I look more carefully, the heater says it works well where the incoming water is above 60 degrees. So I guess it's performance will depend on the temp of the water in you tank or you hose if you are on a hookup.
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The solution to the delay in warm water may be to implement a recirculator of sorts. Before you turn on the warm water, you hit a switch that turns on a small pump to circulate a small amount of water through the heater. After the appropriate time, you turn on the faucet and quickly get hot water with no water waste.

I imagine running the recirculating pump would be pretty efficient as it wouldn't take more than a solar panel could replenish quickly.
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