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Water Heater Mod

Unread postby Limey on Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:40 pm

Unlike my old Jayflight TT, which had a combined Propane/Electric water heater, my 5er has a propane only heater and this annoys me no end! Well, I was in CW yesterday on my way back from this year's first trip and I found this kit which allows you to modify your system by inserting an element in the water drainage hole - Here's a link - any comments on pros and cons? Biggest con I can see is having to remove the element whenever you drain the tank.
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby Mikey on Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:51 pm

Good idea!


However, notice that the surface area is less than what a purpose built water heater will have. This will cause scaling to occur more rapidly on this item. So keep an eye on it and pull it to clean it half way through the season just to get an idea on how quickly it'll scale. Then plan your maintenance after that.

Put the electric switch inside, maybe beside your propane switch, this will allow you to turn it off easily (and not forget it's on like I've done).

Otherwise make it happen!
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby cwit on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:12 am

I bought one for my last camper loved it in campgrounds, easy to install. My new camper has one factory installed. :)
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby Limey on Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:06 pm

cwit wrote:I bought one for my last camper loved it in campgrounds, easy to install. My new camper has one factory installed. :)


That sounds encouraging! I well go ahead and do it then :)
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby Big Rig Guy on Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:16 pm

Mine has the dual electric propane system, I prefer the electric when we are parked for any length of time. I replace the propane water heater in my brother in laws Newmar Mountainair with a 6 gallon 120 volt water heater, I was impressed with how nice that works and cheap too.
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby tvman44 on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:05 pm

Removing the element to drain tank should not be a problem at all.
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Re: Water Heater Mod

Unread postby Limey on Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:57 pm

I still haven't done it, but seeing the reply reminded me that I said I was going to do it!
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