Originally Posted by DarrellT
We're waiting on our 2017 FC26U and are curious about how long we can expect a hot shower to be? What about hot water recovery time?
Probably we all need to clear up some definitions in order to answer correctly.
- At an RV Park with hookups... two can shower without running the hot water tank to city water system temperature. More than two, it is a learning experience to moderate your use. At home, maybe twenty gallons is a short shower and running the hot water until it arrives to the shower head uses water. When you have a 50 to 100 gallon hot water tank at home... think 6 gallons in your trailer's hot water tank.
Once your mind computes 6 gallons in the trailer and 50 gallons at home, you should understand.
- Camped Off the Grid... fresh water is a valuable commodity. How you cleanse yourself is your business and problem to solve.
Run out of fresh water, you need to refill the trailer's tank by towing to a water source, or bring five gallon jugs to the trailer and pouring into the fresh water tank.
Your grey and black water tanks may flow to the easiest exit inside your trailer if your mathematics is off by thirty gallons or more!
Think how homesteaders had to navigate through their limited options in the 19th and early 20th Century. We are so 'jaded' to turn a handle on a water line and water emerges. When it does not for a day or a week... only then the RV versus Off the Grid options become very clear.
We used hot water off the wood burning stove and poured into a galvanized tub for us kids to scrub up for school.
When we need hot water, which we can easily do on our propane cook top burner, for a shower, the cold water in the system is added to the dog's water jug. Again... we may be in the Mohave Desert and no water for 50 miles or more.
RV Park... shower day and night, every day if you desire. Use all the propane in your two tanks.
Off the Grid... you had better take notes of several previous posts if you plan to camp Off the Grid without easy access to water. I would use my IPA bottled beer to wash myself, than fresh water from our trailer... but may cry in the process.
If we are heading into town and have ample water in the fresh water tank... ding, ding, ding... hot showers for all, but only then.
My relatives. They want to shower all of the time. Their hair must be perfect. They would even want a generator to operate a blow drier. I have no disagreement in their 'standards'... they can travel in whatever style they want, but leave me out of it. Need water... wait for it to rain. It is soft water.