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Old 04-08-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Your experience with tankless water heaters

Having to decide between a tank-type water heater and a tankless one, I would be interested in your personal experience with either one.

I will have propane on board for the cooking stove and a tankless heater would save space and propane. However, I am wondering:

How fast does warm water come out of the faucet with a tankless heater compared to a tank?

How inconvenient is it to shut off the shower on a tankless heater (for lathering up) an then reopen the shower valve?
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:53 AM   #2
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Tankless will save you propane.

Conventional water heater uses energy keeping water hot 24/7.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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Tankless will save you propane.

Conventional water heater uses energy keeping water hot 24/7.
Thanks for pointing that out. I edited my first post accordingly.
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Once I put a recycling loop in the hot water flow I truly have "instant" hot water with my Ecotemp 10 tankless heater. Without the return line a lot of water went down the drain. The tank type heater suffers from the same loss so I'd have to recommend tankless.
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I've asked before, never got a good answer. I've read where it still takes time for the hot to start coming. Others talk about immediate hot water. Those with experience, how fast does the water get hot, not considering the length of line it's going through?
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I've asked before, never got a good answer. I've read where it still takes time for the hot to start coming. Others talk about immediate hot water. Those with experience, how fast does the water get hot, not considering the length of line it's going through?
With my Excel heater, which is located pretty close to the sink, I get hot water out of the faucet within 5 seconds of turning it on. Its pretty sweet.

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With my Excel heater, which is located pretty close to the sink, I get hot water out of the faucet within 5 seconds of turning it on. Its pretty sweet.

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That would be a treat I'm not used to. My kitchen sink at home I just timed, 1 minute 20 seconds to get hot water. That's a lot of wasted water. Seriously considering one in the kitchen
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I'm interested in following this thread.


In other RV forums I've searched, there's A LOT of hate directed at on-demand water heaters.
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I'm interested in following this thread.


In other RV forums I've searched, there's A LOT of hate directed at on-demand water heaters.
What are the complaints? I have both an Eccotemp L5 and an L10 going in mine.
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The main complaints were water waste, and inconsistent heating. Many complained their units wouldn't turn on when the flow volume was low.
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