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Old 10-02-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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I really like having a hot water tank and a shower. We often camp without hookups and I like being able to turn on the tap and get hot water. Easier than heating the kettle on the stove and also puts a lot less steam into the trailer which can be a problem in certain climates like the damp Pacific Northwest (a blessing in others though, like the desert). We also have a shower and while we don't use it very often it has come in really handy a few times. When we get to a campground we light the water heater and then we turn it off once we break camp. The water will stay hot all day long even in pretty cold weather. I too think you should use your trailer a bit before you decide to take out the heater and shower. We were just up in Canada and stayed at two Provincial parks while there. One had no hook ups of any sort and just pit toilets. The other was the same but had flush toilets. We appreciated having our own toilet, shower and hot water heater in those situations.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:44 AM   #16
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I have never used my hot water heater in any of my last 5 rigs over the past 15 years. That being said I would never consider taking it out mostly for resale reasons. If you pack up and just can't live without that extra space do it, but don't butcher it where it would be difficult to put back in when needed.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #17
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Awww Crap now I don't know what I want!!! Actually I think I'll be taking it out... Although it will depend on whether or not we can find a cheap bathroom as the one we have is cracked and will need to be replaced.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #18
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You can absolutely fix the floor pan. If that's the only thing cracked... anything fiberglass can be fixed. That's what makes eggs so terrific!
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:02 PM   #19
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ok,if you want to hear what others have to say I will add my 2cents worth. We have boomdocked with the campers and tents.Used different ways to heat water...took showers in the camper & in the shower tent...gone without showers & just washed up some or as we said in the "ole days...took a spit bath" .We have had campers without bathrooms & without hot water heaters.As you know you can very well do without both.Right now we have both. Do we always use them NO! Would I take any part of them out to gain space? NO,No and No......I often do not light the hot water heater unless we are going to shower. I use my coffe pot to heat water for the few dishes we have.That way I get my pot cleaned & HW to do wash dishes,by the time it is ready for rinse them I have another pot of HW ready as well as a clean coffee pot.
My thinking is that if I did not have the HW heater I would just carry more stuff that I most likely would not ever use.Those 2 items I could use every day if I want to ( or am boomdocking)

So I have to agree with DonnaD....keep it...or with the others that said camp in it one year(or season) then decide if you need the space for stuff or want to keep it as is. It is your home away from home you need to know how it feels and works for you before you make any major changes.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #20
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I certainly can't imagine taking a shower and hot water heater out of my trailer, but to each their own. Not a big boondocker, but the times we have, it's so easy to heat a kettle on the stove and step into the shower to wash off with a kettle of hot water. With the shower and hotwater heater you have options, without your options are limited to the services provided by the particular campground!


But agree with other's, camp with it for a season, before taking drastic measures.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:18 AM   #21
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ok,if you want to hear what others have to say I will add my 2cents worth. We have boomdocked with the campers and tents.Used different ways to heat water...took showers in the camper & in the shower tent...gone without showers & just washed up some or as we said in the "ole days...took a spit bath" .We have had campers without bathrooms & without hot water heaters.As you know you can very well do without both.Right now we have both. Do we always use them NO! Would I take any part of them out to gain space? NO,No and No......I often do not light the hot water heater unless we are going to shower. I use my coffe pot to heat water for the few dishes we have.That way I get my pot cleaned & HW to do wash dishes,by the time it is ready for rinse them I have another pot of HW ready as well as a clean coffee pot.
My thinking is that if I did not have the HW heater I would just carry more stuff that I most likely would not ever use.Those 2 items I could use every day if I want to ( or am boomdocking)

So I have to agree with DonnaD....keep it...or with the others that said camp in it one year(or season) then decide if you need the space for stuff or want to keep it as is. It is your home away from home you need to know how it feels and works for you before you make any major changes.

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We do the same thing and use our coffee pot to get hot water for doing dishes that said I would not take out our water heater . It seems like a lot of work for gaining a little space and certainly it affect the resale value
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #22
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I have witnessed several situations over the years where removing equipment wound up being counter-productive.
One experience stays with me.
A person on this site had a Fiber Stream similar to mine, but was frustrated with the layout of the kitchen. It has a double-bowl sink and a 3-burner range with a gas oven. However, by being limited to 4' of kitchen space there was no room left for counter space. In order to make the kitchen more to their liking, they removed the double-sink and replaced it with a single-bowl, and removed the range and replaced it with a 2-burner cook-top, putting a microwave in the space where the gas oven used to be. They loved the trailer, but "Life happened" and they needed to sell it. The next owners had it for a short period and resold it. The 3rd owner in line read my posts about the original configuration which they preferred, and spent a lot of effort to put everything back the way it was.
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LOL not me! I cant wake up without a shower in the morninig even if its just a very quick scamp one. Even a simple sponge bath works better if you have a hot water tank and a shower head to rinse off quickly with. Being a long term kayaker and back packer I do know about the alternatives but I purchased a trailer with a water heater and a shower to avoid them when possible - not to say I dont ever do the alternatives. I also do go without water hook ups all the time. Can get by for a fair number of days even with my quick showers without having to top off the water tank using portable water totes.
Carol, I can understand both yours and Byron's position on showering. I like to shower every morning also but when I am wilderness tent camping a dip in the lake is almost as good. I do not understand people who never shower nor the ones who feel the need to shower twice a day even though they have done nothing physical. All said I would rather have a bath / hot shower in my trailer , sometimes one really needs a hot shower
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