Thinking of getting a Truma Gas/Electric Hot Water Heater

Submitted: Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:29
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As the topic headline says, I'm thinking of getting a Truma 14Lt hot water heater for the camper trailer, those that have them, are you happy with them ? if not what do you recommend ?

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Reply By: John47 - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 13:54

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 13:54
Lloyd,
I have had two Truma hot water systems. They are good, but cannot handle the mineralised water of western Australia. The stainless steel tanks rusted out on both occasions I went to WA.

Admittedly they were both replaced by Truma.
I have since installed a Suburban system with anode. This is very important, instead of the tank being effected the anode is eaten away by the mineralisation. This will save you heaps of money.

Rheo
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 15:13

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 15:13
IMHO nothing withstands the water in the Kimberley .
When we stayed at Coldstream the on demand hws at the kitchen was cactus, and we met a bloke from Karratha who had a 1 year old genuine Toyota radiator in his 80 series and it had sprung a leak in the tubes.
The tech who fixed the hws said it was completely choked with lime, and that is from the water supply to Karratha.
Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 16:14

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 16:14
My last van had a Truma Gas Electric. It had a couple of problems, the electric element developed a fault after less than 2 years, replaced it twice in 6 years. The water tank cracked near the outlet pipe and I got it welded. A new tank would have cost $1100 or thereabouts.

I've had suburban in my first and latest van and find it excellent. As said above they do have an anode and need regular inspection/replacement. I find mine seem to go for about 18 months when travelling.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 16:58

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 16:58
Was at a van repair place in Geraldton a few years ago who had enough stuffed Trumas to fill a 6 x 4 trailer Must say something about them.

Buy a Suburban
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Reply By: Racey - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 18:38

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 18:38
2nd the Suburban. I did hear someone refer to Truma Traumas.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 20:06

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 20:06
The Truma gas/electric hot water tanks seem to frequently fail. In less than four years we were up to tank number four! For the latest replacement (replaced under warranty despite Dometic's initial resistance) we took advice and disconnected the electric element. Now it runs only on gas and, so far, is working perfectly. According to our Dometic agent, he has never had trouble with gas only but for electric you should have an anode like Suburban use. Since we took off electricity it has worked like a charm so he may have been right! Gas only causes us no significant inconvenience and the water is hot when we need it. Lynne
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Reply By: Phillipn - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 22:24

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 22:24
Truma hot water systems do not like wind blowing on the vent, it blows the flame out.

We had no end of trouble on a trip around Australia last winter. No wind, no problem
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 23:49

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 23:49
I fitted a Truma gas HWS to the OKA when I built it 10 years ago.
5 years of that time we were on the road for about 8 months every year.
It has spent more time in WA than in any other State and more time in the Kimberley than anywhere else in WA.
I never drain it and I have never connected it to mains water.

It has been absolutely faultless for all that time.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 09:27

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 09:27
So where do you get the water from if you spend extended time in the Kimberley. Rivers????
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 23:07

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 23:07
Sure. Why not? Plenty of them. That's what the locals drink.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Kevin & Anna - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 15:04

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 15:04
I have had a gas Truma 14l for the past 3 years. I have done plenty of outback travel and so far so good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 13:09

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 13:09
Had our Truma gas heater for 5 years. Have travelled all through WA and never had a problem.

If it has been sitting for some time and not used, you may have to run the gas stove for a while, boil the billy, to get gas back into the line.

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Rowdy
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