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Old 05-28-2019, 07:19 PM
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Hello all, I just bought a used camper that's in excellent condition, I just have one problem...the water heater. The tank gets hot and every now and then you get a burst of hot water. The guy I bought it from said he had a problem with the check valve on the top. I replaced the check valve today and it's still just giving me a burst of hot water when I turn it on the goes back to cold. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:51 PM
Camper Type: Travel Trailer
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tennessee
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If it is an on-demand tankless water heater, the best advice I can give is to replace it with a 6 gal. gas/electric model. I played with the thermostat on one, I replaced a few things and then threw in the towel. I didn't replace the heater, I replaced the camper as we were wanting to get a slightly larger one, and that was the motivation to get us to trade. If it is a 6-gallon tank, I don't really have an answer due to owning 6 campers over 54 years and have never had a problem with a tank heater. The new ones have several valves for winterizing them but have never heard of your problem except with a tankless one and I have heard nothing but your type issues with them. In my opinion the small ones in a camper just don't work.
However, the first thing to try is to lower the thermostat so that you use almost a full flow of hot water to shower or fill a sink. Low water flow causes them to turn off and on and it takes a bit of time for the thermostat to react.
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Old 07-03-2020, 12:29 PM
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This is helpful. We are gutting out camper right now
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Old 12-25-2020, 07:01 AM
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We bought Eccotemp water heater for our RV, and it has been a dream! We fulltime in our RV, and use it on a daily basis. The only time we have issues is when the water pressure is too low, not a fault of the heater. We read reviews that complained about the freezing issue, we mounted the unit on an inside wall perpendicular to the outside wall to where it was vented. This kept the coils away from the colder outside wall, and yes it got cold this winter, and we never had one issue with freezing.
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