Hot Water Service

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 18:26
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Hi need some information regarding hot water units for my caravan.
I am currently getting a new van built and have been looking at the Girade gas endless hot water units.I am on the road full time so it would come in handy when we free camp.
The van will have 4x100 lt water tanks so water wont be a problem.So anybody who has one or knows of anybody who has one i would appreciate any feedback.
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Reply By: den57 - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 18:37

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 18:37
Not sure about this particular model but have seen an endless HWS installed and problem was when it was set up then shifted to a different water supply , the different water pressure played havoc with the temp of the water, and pretty sure the ppl weren't impressed with how much water had to pass before you got hot water. Only lasted a month and turned into an expensive lesson.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 23:04

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 23:04
Humpback

Have you thought about a diesel hotwater system?

I have a Webasto thermo top in my trailer, not quite a caravan, but it has the added advantage of having warm air pumped into the cabin if you want. Very nice on cold desert nights. Ours got a workout in Canberra last year minus 4 outside -a balmy 22 degrees inside.

It uses bugger all diesel as well. We used 50 -60lt on our trip around Australia last year. About 5 mins to heat up. You can connect it to a storage tank if you want. I se mind up to a programmable timer to turn it off and on without thinking about it.

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Follow Up By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 09:26

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 09:26
Gooday,
Have a Truma in our caravan, Gas/Electric, has been faultless over 9 years, takes about 10 minutes to heat on gas, we also have a Webasto Diesel Heater which has been fantastic.
Like the idea of having separate units if one goes bust there is not the same large outlay as replacing a double unit. There are other Diesel heaters on the market but Webasto may be more costly but i believe in the old saying of _;

THE BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY remains long after the SWEETNESS OF CUT PRICE IS FORGOTTEN.
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Reply By: willys701926 - Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:44

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:44
We have an early model fitted to our van and provided you can get your head around the fact that you regulate the temperature by varying the water flow it is great, if we camp by a river or dam with clean water you can shower as long as the gas and batteries last if so inclined.
Sure it takes a few seconds to get the hot water through but if you run it into a bucket you can recycle the water.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:52

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:52
I would recommend considering a gas and 240v unit so you aren't using your gas when on a powered site.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 04:14

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 04:14
We have had a Truma gas unit that has been faultless in the OKA for 10 years but will soon change it to a Webasto diesel unit that will give us hot water and central heating as well.

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Peter
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