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Old 10-20-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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Using a Residential Type HW Heater?

I was walking around in Lowes the other day, looking to see what I might be able to use as I fix up my 1981 15.5 SB. (What does "SB" stand for any way?) I came across a 12 gallon, electric (120 v.) water heater, just like what you'd see in a house, but smaller.

I have a 6 gallon Atwood propane only HW heater that uses a pilot light. I think it was new in 2005. I don't know if it works, but I'm guessing it probably does (or will with some minor tweaking). It looks like it's in pretty good shape.

I'm going to be living in my trailer for a couple of years, almost exclusively at places where I will have full hook ups. It'll just be me, and I'll need hot water solely for washing dishes and taking showers.

Are there any good reasons NOT to install a 12 gallon, electric residential type water heater in my trailer? Twelve gallons might be a bit more than I need. I'm thinking more in terms of having to have a pilot light constantly lit. Could it pose a danger when I'm gone? Will it use a lot of propane? Remember, I'll be living full time in the trailer.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.

Jay
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:50 PM   #2
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Yeah, I just thought of a reason -- resale. But I guess I could always put the Atwood in storage and put it back in when/if I go to sell the trailer down the road.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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The pilot light will keep your water toasty warm over night nice hot shower in the morning. They do make small electric heaters so if you are not paying for camp ground power why not however where are you going to put it? Why not put an electric element in what you got? I never use 40# of propane all year so I don't think it would be an asset to me.
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Hi Jay,

Is this the one you are looking at?

Shop Whirlpool 12-Gallon Electric Point-Of-Use Water Heater at Lowes.com

Cost $259
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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Yes, I think that's the one.

Since posting this, I've found online the kits you can buy to add an electric heating element to a propane water heater. I'm leaning toward that now.
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