Hot water service for slideon camper

Submitted: Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:06
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Hi all I am currently building a slide on camper and are considering using a Duetto 12-240volt heater
I understand it will be a large drain on the house battery when camper is disconnected from the vehicle
Has anybody got one and are you happy with it ?
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Reply By: Member - Timnivo - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:28

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:28
G'day Troopy.... Yes they do use a large amount of power on 12 volts, and are not for those who camp in one spot for a long time without 240v. It would not be practical to power them off 12v whilst camped without a generator. If you are usually on the move most days they work alright. I have one in our Piggyback trayback camper. I usually turn it on with an hour or two still left to travel when someone (usually the good wife!!!) wants a shower. You really need the vehicles alternator to do all the work. You'll get two short showers, or one long luxurious one.
A word of warning. Make sure you beef up the mounting system if you travel regularly on rough corrugated roads. At 15kg when full of water they need to be very well mounted. My first one was not, and broke away. Currently fitting another, fully bolted and braced mounts and extra strapping. Good luck with it. Timnivo.
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Follow Up By: Troopy8thwonderoftheworld - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 07:23

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 07:23
Thanks Timnevo for the info ,I should manage with a decent solar panel and plug in car while showering !
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Follow Up By: Whirlwinder - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 17:37

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 17:37
Have you considered one of the LPG instaneous water heaters? They have no holding tank and heat only what you need. Endless showers are possible, with enough water of course.
They cost about $200 and do not need a plumber to install them.
Look on ebay.
Ian
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Follow Up By: Troopy8thwonderoftheworld - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 18:57

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 18:57
Hi WW
Yes I would rather use one of those my only worry is that I build campers commercially and this one will be a new model demo,and I worry about other peoples competence with units and mounting is such a way that it can be fully sealed in dusty conditions and exhaust safely when used,
More thinking to be done !
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Follow Up By: dieseltojo - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 14:56

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 14:56
I met a camper with something similar and a honda 20i would not fire it up so check it out well.
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