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Old 11-16-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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Okay. I admit it. I love to look for neat things to enhance my camping experience and after working on report cards for a mind and bun-numbing 5 hours, I began looking in one of the catalogs that's routinely delivered but usually overlooked. I'm curious to know if any of you think these devices have any real potential for my Campster or any other eggs. So have at it!

Portable Tankless Water Heater: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=477229

7- LED Hat Clip Lights: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=351913

150-watt Power Inverter, AC, DC, and USB: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=469326

Solar Spotlight: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=272770

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Old 11-16-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Hi ... The instant water heater,is an excellent alternative to the tank type that we have in most eggs, but I think it would be hard to mount it as a permanent appliance in the camper, because they do not want you to install it on a flammable plastic type wall, but if it could be done, my tank would be out, and on the ground by morning waiting for one of these heaters, especially at 120 bucks, Paul
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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Since it is an outdoor use only tank, maybe you can mount it on the tongue and plumb the water in? Just a thought.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:59 PM   #4
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We use similar "Tankless" water heaters on new homes here in California. They are natural gas heaters but the same idea. the unit sense the water flow and fires up the burner right away. A large section/area of coper coiled pipeing is heated from the burner. The ones we use have a digital thermostat that regulates the burner to a certain temprature of water output. I would be interested to know just how hat the water is coming out. It also apears to to mix the hot and cold from the looks of the 2 knobs one hot one cold. I also assume that it is electronic ignition and self ignighting at every demand for hot water. When water flows the then it automaticaly ignights over and over as needed. No pilot light?
We had a coiple freeze by the way last winter. They are mounted outside the garage or mounted inside but must be vented outside. that does NOT look like and option here.
Interesting though. I like the idea for sure.
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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As for the LED cap light I always look for something that uses regular ole batteries. A couple of double "A"s and I can get rechargeable ones for it. I hate something I have to replace little expensive batteries in.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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Tankless water heaters-that's all I ever saw in Europe and they work great!

Good post, Lisa H. I wanted everything there!
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:27 AM   #7
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"One 20-lb. propane tank is provides up to 12 hrs. of use"
looks pretty neat and at a good price. Thanks for sharing your find.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:32 AM   #8
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Solar Spotlight

If it's solar and runs off the sun then what good would it be at night when you need a flashlight?

What we really need is a Lunar flashlight.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #9
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One of my homes in Germany had tankless water heater for bath/shower -- I'd estimate it was from the 1950's! Sinks each had small heater with well-insulated tank underneath.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:28 PM   #10
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"One 20-lb. propane tank is provides up to 12 hrs. of use"
looks pretty neat and at a good price. Thanks for sharing your find.
It might do better than that even, depending upon the rate of consumption. Propane contains about 21,400 BTU/Lb so a 20 Lb tank holds 428,000 BTUs of potential energy. A good low pressure single burner propane consumes about 15,000 BTU/hour so would last about 28 1/2 hours-on full blast. That's what makes it so much cheaper than the 1 Lb. cylinders to run. Of course, once the burner is turned down, as to simmer, the consumption reduces and the tank lasts considerably longer

In the beginning I felt that the Origo burners

http://www.swego.com/stoves_alcohol.htm

used on boats consuming 100%, 200 proof denatured alcohol would be the cheaper route for my outside cooking endeveours but they only put out less than half those BTUs. So, I opted for propane instead. They do look better, though.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:53 PM   #11
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Since it is an outdoor use only tank, maybe you can mount it on the tongue and plumb the water in? Just a thought.
This sounds like a good idea. That would also help to prevent leaks from the hose attachment... I don't usually use the water in my trailer but I'd probably use hot water.

Lisa, when are you going to post some pics and an update on your rig?

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Old 11-17-2008, 01:00 PM   #12
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Re: Inverter. I have one of these in each vehicle and the trailer as I don't have 12v cell / gameboy chargers . I prefer the smaller ones like this as they don't put out the heat (and I assume suck the juice) of the larger ones. Make sure you pack some fuses for it - seems easy to blow them on the small ones.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:20 PM   #13
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Thank you one and all for the interesting feedback on my wish list. You all picked up on things I had overlooked and provided useful insights.

I think I'm going to purchase the water heater and experiment with it. I wonder if I could open with windows of the Campster for ventilation, mount the water heater on one of those propane extension pipes, and use it to heat water for an indoor shower simular to the setup Gina uses inside her Burro? That way, it would all still be portable and would mostly be used in the outdoor kitchen. Any thoughts?
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Thank you one and all for the interesting feedback on my wish list. You all picked up on things I had overlooked and provided useful insights.

I think I'm going to purchase the water heater and experiment with it. I wonder if I could open with windows of the Campster for ventilation, mount the water heater on one of those propane extension pipes, and use it to heat water for an indoor shower simular to the setup Gina uses inside her Burro? That way, it would all still be portable and would mostly be used in the outdoor kitchen. Any thoughts?
I liked the idea of mounting on the back bumper... it would be very close to pipe the spigot into the kitchen (and have a place to hook up the shower) but no worries about venting.

But I'm not sure what you mean by a propane extension pipe.
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