Caravan Hot Water Service

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 20:10


My Ma and Pa have ordered a new van and have been told the HWS is Gas only.

As I understand it, the typical van HWS is Gas/Electric, tank style of about 23 litres capacity. They're not sure if the gas unit is "storage" or "instantaneous".

Any thoughts on the benefits of each type?


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AnswerID: 194956   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 20:18

Old Scalyback & denny replied:

goodday jimbo
most van places will allow you to upgrade to gas electric (at a cost of course)some come with gas electric depends on what you buy we are looking at vans at the minute and they want 438bucks to change but some will change no charge if you are spending enough

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FollowupID: 453038   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 20:33

Jimbo posted:

Thanks Steve,

Sorry I didn't get back to you. They decided they wanted a new van. Their decision.


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AnswerID: 194957   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 20:31

Steve replied:

Gas ...instant... would be the only way to go worries ...

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FollowupID: 453249   Submitted: Monday, Sep 18, 2006 at 19:57

LastAussieWorker posted:

not legal in caravans
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AnswerID: 194958   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 20:33

Notso replied:

We have a "Truma" gas/electric. Has 14 Litre storage.

The old Golf had a gas only.

Much better with Lec lec and Gas as you can plug it in when you are in a park and get Hot water for free.

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AnswerID: 194969   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 21:20


Jimbo,ours is storage in the m/home & gas only if you go to c/park you use their water,hot & cold as you are paying them for it in the fees p/night.You only use you're own when free camping.:)
Cheer's Bob.
PS. the pa should ask if it is instant or storage.
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AnswerID: 194976   Submitted: Sunday, Sep 17, 2006 at 21:41

Motherhen replied:

Ours is a gas only, tiny storage. Depending on the climate and hence the water temp in the tanks, it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to give nice hot showers. 10 minutes is nice temp for me anywhere, but my husband likes the water really hot. It seems economical on the gas. By the look of it, It wouldn't hold anything like 23 litres, but it is more than adequate for two. I only ever was up with kettles (even at home), so it is only used for the shower. It doesn't hold the heat until the next night. We use the showers at CPs when we come into civilisation, so wouldn't use the electric option.

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AnswerID: 195177   Submitted: Monday, Sep 18, 2006 at 21:29

Angler replied:

Ours is a 23 litre version gas only and takes about 10 minutes to get hot enough for a shower. I installed an extra LED on the start switch to show when the heater is on and it reminds us to turn it off when we don't intend to use it for a while.
We used about 6Kg of gas over a three month period with ocassional use of the stove as well as the HWS.

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AnswerID: 196082   Submitted: Saturday, Sep 23, 2006 at 06:56

Member - Jim replied:

Mine is an Attwood gas only, and I have no problem with that as like most here on this site spend more time in the bush than van parks, (2 years = 5 days in van parks).

For the extra $ to have both 240V/Gas, just to save some money using a van parks 240V seems a folly. I don't think you could use all that gas if you tried.

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