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Old 03-15-2024, 10:43 AM   #1
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Water heater vs RV registration

Hi guys does it matter what water heater I install in terms of possibility to registering your skoolie to RV?
This is what I was looking at but I was going to install it under the bed:
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Old 03-16-2024, 06:26 AM   #2
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I don't think the RV registration process goes that in-depth. It might specify that you need a water source (and toilet, cooking source, etc) but not hot water specifically.
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Old 03-22-2024, 09:23 PM   #3
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keep up the good home work and check on things.
it never hurts to ask.
its better to be safe than sorry.
i just got legalized last year with RV registration & RV insurance.
for me they mainly wanted a bed, stove & toilet.
FYI my insurance said no wood burning stoves, party decks and chassis modifications.
i have also heard no roof raises from other members?
so take into consideration your plans and check with a few ins companies ahead of time.
things seem to be changing?
there are only a couple left that will do new bus conversion policies.
if your bus is registered as a cab/chassis or passenger van it may be better just to pay the commercial insurance?
more home work for ya LOL
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Old 03-23-2024, 10:08 AM   #4
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Please do not install a propane heater like that under a bed. The exhaust from the heater will likely cause a fire. It is possible to install an instant hot water heater indoors but it needs to vent its exhaust to the outside and be well away from combustibles. My propane instant hot water is inside but it is enclosed in an air tight steel "closet" with combustion air entering from under the floor and exhaust exiting from the top to the outside.

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Old 03-27-2024, 08:24 PM   #5
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In Missouri you just need some sort of water. I do not have a water and I have been registered as an RV for a couple of years.
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Old 03-28-2024, 11:49 AM   #6
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Read the installation instructions on that heater before you plan your layout. Those heaters have specific requirements for make up air, placement, clearances and they have to be mounted vertical. The ones we install all the time I don't think you would have the height to install under a bed. An electric one might work under there, but they pull a tremendous amount of power and they are not efficient. Another option is to get an outdoor model and find a place on the outside tat doesn't tool to terrible.

If you can find a good spot, they do work good.
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Originally Posted by kowalewska.ka View Post
Hi guys does it matter what water heater I install in terms of possibility to registering your skoolie to RV?
This is what I was looking at but I was going to install it under the bed:
What type of water heater does not matter for RV registration anywhere I have ever heard. RV conversions vary by state (assuming you're in the U.S.), but most concern themselves with a source of water for hand washing.

If you search this forum using the search function in the upper right you'll find some good discussion of what people have used and recommend for types of instant or other water heaters.

Location matters. No one will recommend or suggest you put the darned thing under a bed. Tell us more about your layout, and we'll tell you a hundred other locations far safer.
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