Originally Posted by mary and bob
I converted our propane
water heater to electric with a kit I bought on Amazon. Recovery time is probably slower
I believe you are talking about something like the the Hot Rod
electric element kit, or the Camco equivalent
These use lower power than the elements that come with a gas/electric model so you are right about recovery time being slower.
However it is not really a conversion from gas to electric. It adds the electric option to a gas heater and both gas and electric heating is possible after the modification.
So it is possible and reasonable to use propane
when you want hot water in a hurry, and use the Hot Rod the rest of the time to keep the water hot 24/7 (when on shore power) for instant use.
Still if buying new, I would get the OEM gas/electric option if I wanted hot water more or less "on demand." The Hot Rod is an option for someone who already owns a gas-only water heater. The Amazon links above have lots of info in the questions and reviews.
is the first and only camper I have used with a water heater. I have had this camper a little over a year and the only time the water heater was fired up was to test it. If I were to buy another camper it would not have hot water at all. YMMV.