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Discussion in 'Plumbing Systems (The Fresh, The Blue, The Grey, &' started by with3boys, Aug 3, 2010.
Can you add hot water tank/ heater to a unit? Is it worthwhile to do, considering the cost?
Yes you can, is it worth it? That depends on what you want to spend. You will need to find space to install it, and you will need a water pump to provide pressure/flow, if you are not connected to city water.
There are a number of different ways to add hot water. Search this forum and you will find posts about electric only hot water heaters, portable on demand systems, and the propane 6 galleon heaters. Other people have decided that a large electric coffee urn is enough for them. True camping fanatics will tell you there is nothing wrong about heaing water on the stove. ( Been there, done that, like the convenience of a water heater. )
in the spring of 2009, I added a Atwood 6 galleon propane heater to our 2002 Coleman Cottonwood trailer. I had to re-plumb the trailer and tee off the gas line. It took about a days work and the parts cost me about $350. I picked up the heater, new, on Ebay for $280 shipped and then for tubing and copper line for gas. I also added an exterior shower, that was about another $30. I already had installed a new faucet and water pump a few years earlier.
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Many members who own pup's without a built in water heater have gone and added one of the sevral types of "Hot Water On Demand" systems. Coleman's HWOD is one example but there are a few others (zodi ((I think it is comes to mind))). If you do some searching for HWOD and do some tweeking with it you'll find lots of info.
As IPcamper stated, if your going to make use of the water heater enough to offset the cost of it and the required accessories then by all means add a 6 gallon tank, if you don't want the extra expense then look at the HWOD systems.
Three years ago, I added a 2.5 gallon electric tank model under the galley of our 06 Sun Valley and we love it. DW didn't want a solution that required an extra unit like the HWOD or the unit that hangs outside the camper. Hot is the left side of the faucet and cold is on the right, just like at home. We always camp on Electric sites. It heats up is about 10 minutes
If you want to take a shower, it would have to be a short one. But if you're looking for enough HW to cook, cleanup and wash face/hands, this works great.
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Hope this helps,
I use a hot water pot from Walgreens for hot water for drinks, washing, hands, etc. We do not have a show so no issue with that. The kettle is light and I love it so much, I bought one for the house. You can get bigger ones too but this meets all my needs in the camper.
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IMO a water heater is a waste of cargo capacity and space unless you have an interior shower. My Yuma came with one and I've never used it. Every year I think about taking it out but just haven't been able to get around to it.
I owned a Jayco 1006 with no water heater. I moved up to my Utah and it has a hot water heater. Now, it would be very hard to talk me into giving it up. I hated having to boil water all the time to wash dishes. Having a water heater is a great option for me.
IMO, for the few times I need some hot water, boiling some is no biggie. I don't wash dishes when camping. I use plastic and toss it.
one of these if you aren't using a microwave or ac at the same time as the heater?
One of these if you put it outside?