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No control

Lis I must say it is much more fun not to try and control yourself.With the amount of things we all can and do think of to change or replace...Let yourself go! lol

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Tea Kettle

My current trailer does not have a shower or W/H. We just use just use a tea kettle with a removable electric base, it heats all the hot water we need. It is small enough to live in the upper kitchen cabinet when not in use.

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tea kettles

Eddie,

 

I have an electric tea kettle and a 12v hot pot for when there is on electric hook up where I go, and they worked out fine in Ohio, but it was in the upper 80's. every day.

Lis in RI

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Adding an Electric Water Heater

I would caution you to about adding a "Tankless" Water Heater under your cabinet.

Unless you have a 30 Amp hookup and excess capacity in your electrical system you could easily exceed your electrical system's design capabilities and start a fire.

Before adding any Power Hungry electrical appliance to your Scamp you need to check with an Electrician to ensure that you are not creating a Fire Hazard.

Even if you are able to add this Tankless Water Heater, you might not be able to run the Air Conditioning and/or Microwave and/or Hair Dryer at the same time.

If you do decide to add a Water Heater, I would strongly recommend adding a Propane (only) Water Heater instead of an Electric Water Heater. Adding a Propane Water Heater is not too difficult a job to get done by a professional.

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Happy Scamping !!!

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Tankless water heater

Oh, I don't want a fire!  Do you know if a plug can be wired in to the tankless heater?  If it can be, would my 2,000 Honda be able to power it, and nothing else?  Since the heater is on-demand the power only needs to be turned on when I need warm water.

I have a little fear of LP gas turned on (when I'm sleeping) all the time to keep a hot water tank warm.

 

Thank you all, I've learnt a lot here,

Lis in RI

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Hot Water Usage

You don't need to keep the propane on all the time to keep your Water warm in the Hot Water Tank.

We only turn our Hot Water Heater on just before we are going to use it, i.e.: while we are cooking, so the water will be hot for the dishes. Otherwise, the Water Heater is off and the water stays warm all day for washing our hands.

Note: We have an Electronic Ignition (DSI) Water Heater so turning the Water Heater on is simply a matter of flicking a Switch inside the camper.

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Happy Scamping !!!

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LP water heater

In that case, this sounds like the best choice for me!  Do they come with 12V Ignition??? Would you/ could you send me a link for the one you have? I would like to look-up an find out more about these heaters.

I've been thinking about it, I'm not a spring chick, I not sure I would want to carry a the water bag in and out.

 

Thanks, I really appreciate every one on this Forum

Lis in RI

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Water Heater With Electronic Ignition

Lis:

Below is a posting which explains how the Electronic Ignition works (beginning at post #8). The Manufacturer calls the option DSI, for Direct Spark Ignition. The system works off of 12 volts and only generates a spark for a few seconds until the gas ignites, so it does not draw a lot of power when not in use.

With you not having a water heater now, the installation would require cutting a hole in the fiberglass shell and installing the water tank from the outside. The water heaters come pre-insulated and can be installed anywhere you have space (usually under the bench seat). You would then run a gas line to the water heater as well as 12 volt wiring required for the switch and DSI. The installation is not a big deal, however you would probably want to have it installed professionally versus installing it yourself.

You will need two parts, the water heater and the electronic switch.

Here is the link to the previous discussion:

 http://www.scampowners.com/forums/hot-water-heater

Here is the link to the DSI (Electronic Ignition) Water Heater I recently purchased:

Here is the link for the (DSI) Switch:

I am sure a good RV Service center could supply the parts and install this for you. If not, a good Mobile RV Mechanic could easily do the work for you.

You might also be able to get Scamp to do the installation.

As Always,

Happy Scamping !!!

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Hot Water-- The Easy Way

If you really want Hot Water, and you want to do it easy and Cheap. I would consider getting one of these "Solar" Hot Water Shower systems.

You get a few gallons of Hot Water to use however you want to all around your campsite.

Read about it in this posting:

  http://www.scampowners.com/forums/solar-hot-water

 

 

As Always,

Happy Scamping !!!

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Solar Water Tank Demonstration

In case anybody wants to see a Demonstration of how this Solar Water Heater works:

You can set this in the sun and it heats up.

Here is a link to a video where I first saw this:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBbm4yGBIsE

The guy begins explaining how he uses this for hot water beginning at the 6:00 minute mark.

Hope this helps, I think this would be a perfect solution for a Scamp.

As Always,

Happy Scamping !!!

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