Often asked: How To Use Motorhome Water Heater?

Should I leave my RV water heater on all the time?

It’s safe to leave your RV water heater on all the time, just like at home. You’ll want to make sure that there is always water in the heater.

How do I turn on my propane water heater in my RV?

Open your propane tank. The tank should be on the outside of your RV. Turn the knob counterclockwise to open it and let propane flow. Don’t open the propane tank until just before you’re ready to light the water heater. It’s dangerous to leave propane running if you’re not using it.

How is water heated in a motorhome?

Most van conversions we’ve seen install either a gas heater or diesel heater (read more in our Complete Guide to Campervan Heating). If you opt for a diesel heater it’s worth looking at a combi heater that will heat water as well as the air. Combi heaters work in a similar way to combi boilers in a house.

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Do RV water heaters run on electricity?

There are three types of RV water heaters with tanks: electric water heaters, propane water heaters, and combination heaters. Propane RV water heaters are the best RV water heater option for those who enjoy dry camping and wish to conserve electricity.

How long does it take for RV water heater to heat up?

A hot water heater in your RV or Travel Trailer will take 31 minutes to heat up if you have a 6 gallon tank and 51 minutes to heat up if you have a 10 gallon tank. These numbers are based upon heating with propane only. 110v heating or using both can give you much quicker or slower heating times.

How long can you shower in an RV?

The truth is you can shower in an RV for as long as you want to – with the right setup. However, in other setups, shower time needs to be limited as follows: Longtime boondocking: 2-3 minutes per shower is advised. Hooked up but no tankless water tank: 5-10 minute long shower time is reasonable.

How often should I drain my RV water heater?

Flushing out your RV’s water heater is very important to remove a buildup of minerals, such as calcium. If you regularly use your RV, then we recommend you flush your tank abut four times per year. If you store your RV for the winter, then you can perform this task before you winterize your RV.

How much propane does an RV water heater use?

A camper or travel trailer with a 6-gallon Suburban RV water heater rated at 10,000 BTUs will burn through 20 pounds of propane in about 42 hours of continuous use.

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Can you put a tankless water heater in an RV?

Long hot showers may seem like an impossible luxury if you’re living in an RV, but they don’t have to be. Tankless water heaters are a practical way to get on-demand hot water to your faucets with an unlimited supply. Tankless water heaters are retrofit and easy to install.

How do you clear an airlock in a motorhome?

The drain down valve is closed i.e. boiler/Alde (yellow valve on most vans).

  1. Turn on the pump.
  2. Open cold tap on kitchen sink and run until flowing constantly.
  3. Open cold tap on vanity sink and run until flowing constantly.
  4. Open cold tap on shower and run until flowing constantly.
  5. Go back to kitchen sink.

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