hot water system

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 13:23
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Hi everyone,
We have just brought a new van with a storage gas hot water system.
My question is what is the most economical way to run the system,leave it on all the time or just light it when we need to shower.

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Reply By: snoopyone - Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 13:46

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 13:46
Leave it on same as a house one and just remember to learn to have 2 -3 min showers as they only hold 23 ltr.

Is it gas only or gas & electric as most are these days

What make is it Usually a Suburban
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Follow Up By: wallabyjack5 - Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 14:06

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 14:06
Thanks Snoopyone for your quick reply.Its is a Suburban gas/electric.
We don't use a lot of hot water during the day mainly when we come in at nite after catching those big fish up at Ningaloo.

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Follow Up By: snoopyone - Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 14:29

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 14:29
If you are in a van park use the electric otherwise the gas just comes on and off to keep it warm

If you are away for the whole day you caould turn it off but too bad if you forget to turn it on when you come home LOL
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 18:59

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 18:59
Hi Glyn

We run ours for 15 - 20 minutes before showering, depending on the water temperature (weather related). This is enough for two quick showers when bush camping. We do not use it every night, as boiling a kettle to heat a tub of water gives and effective tub bathe (can rinse off under cold shower if desired) which we find easier. This occasional use of the HWS makes very little difference to our gas usage. It is far more economical with both gas and water to boil a kettle (or water in the saucepan used for cooking) when washing up.

We don't use ours when in a caravan park as we use their showers. Bear in mind that if parked close to another caravan such as in a caravan park, they will hear your gas HWS start up and run at intervals all night if left on.


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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 19:42

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 19:42
Hi Glyn, I guess the answer to your question depends very much on the frequency you intend to use the hot water system. If it is a suburban unit, & there is a very good chance that it is, then you will find that 15/20 minutes on gas will give you plenty of hot water.

Ours runs on both 240V & Gas, so our practise, when on gas, is to turn it on half hour or so before we need to use it, whether it be for using the shower or simply washing up.

Incidentally, we purchased our 04 van second hand three years or so ago & only recently, thanks to a post on this Forum, discovered that it also runs on 240V. The switch to operate it on 240V is on the external side of the van, easily accessed, but pretty well hidden in my opinion.

You state your van is new, so maybe a check & question to your dealer might be timely as you probably do have the availability of 240V for you HWS. Good luck & safe travelling.
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