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Old 08-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #15
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Gene, our morning and night usage pattern is quite similar to yours.

overlander63 has spent significant time fulltiming in his Airstreams. Think I recall him once saying that he went months and longer before turning of his propane HWH. Never had a problem.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #16
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Here's a couple more links that give interesting information on Airstream repair. The first one is a series, done by the Classic Rides DIY TV show.

The other is a link you can try different versions (change the search term, that is) of on youtube.com to see what you can find.
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Fly -- I like most others, am also concerned about cost,(some call that cheap ) but when we are camping, I generally just leave the HW tank propane on. I like to have hot water when I want it.

This does not apply to your unit, but we have the engine heat exchanger option, so we have hot water when we are on the go also. Just like being at home.

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Anyway, I decided to stop being so cheap and have started showering in the FaN. Like most women, when I want hot water I want it now and lots of it, and am not particularly interested in where it came from or how it got there.
I really love how I just flip the big switch in the bathroom, a red light goes on and then ping and poof and the hot-water tank starts purring like a contented cat. The outside vent lets off a little steam as it gurgles happily along. After about ten minutes, my shower awaits. The water is just the right temperature and I always have enough.
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... Now ... is it Classics that have dual fuel LP/electric HWHs? Classic owners, what is the response time when you use electric only? Are they 15-amp? ...
I just looked at the spec sheet on mine. It is rated at 1400w (12.7-amp). I leave the electric turned on when plugged into park power unless we need to run the A/C a lot in hot weather. In my experience, electric only will supply the needs for washing dishes, hand washing, etc., but can come up short if taking a conventional shower and the cold water supply is particularly cold. For that reason we switch on the LP before showers to be sure the last rinse isn't chilly.
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Gene, our morning and night usage pattern is quite similar to yours.

overlander63 has spent significant time fulltiming in his Airstreams. Think I recall him once saying that he went months and longer before turning of his propane HWH. Never had a problem.
Biob, usually I can figure out a typo, but not this time—is the bold word "off" or "on"? I guess it is "on", but maybe he likes cold showers.

We turn on the water heater first thing in the morning. Turn it off as soon as we can—usually can wash dishes after it is off. At lunch time the water is still pretty hot. Then sometime in the evening we turn it on for dishwashing. We may take showers at any time of the day, so we may already have it on. Seems to take about 5 minutes to heat up. When daytime temps are in the mid 90's, we might not need to turn it on at all in the afternoon, but if we do, I'm sure it doesn't use use much propane.

During the shoulder seasons things are different, but by degrees. And sometimes the water source is really, really cold, and that also makes a difference.

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My baad... That should read:
overlander63 has spent significant time fulltiming in his Airstreams. Think I recall him once saying that he went months and longer before turning off his propane HWH. Never had a problem.
ie, he turned it on and left it on.

If we leave ours on during the day or night and never use hot water in the 'tween period, I find that it fires very little. The insulation doesn't look super great but it must be enough.
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