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Old 12-04-2010, 06:30 AM   #1
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Water heater for a 13' Scamp

Hi, I am considering a propape water heater for an outside shower. Has anyone done this and if so what heater did you use and how do you have it setup. I am thinking about at the Suburban propane sw6d or the 3 gallon one mounted in the bottom of the closet (I am going out to measure now).
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:59 AM   #2
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sounds like a greta idea, .........would you be plumbing it into the sink as well?, that is what i am looking to do when we do a total redo of our Boler, .........would be nice to have hot water while camping, just to clean up etc........

other than that i am not sure on how to plumb it, some might need an electric hook up as well as propane????

very interested in this topic
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:16 AM   #3
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Evergreen --
We have an electric WH that the previous owners installed into our 13' Scamp -in the upper left area of the closet (there is an a/c in the bottom area). They installed a shelf about waist high and mounted the water heater and connected it to the built in outdoor shower (which is right outside the door -- IMO, a dumb place to put the shower, as it would make a nice watery mess right outside the door). I don't have photos of the unit. As far as I know, it does not connect to the sink water line, which is only cold water.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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so i was at Home Depot the other day and saw an end cap display with an 'instant hot water now dispenser' display. i saw the tiny faucets and the tiny hot water tank/heater and immediately thought - this might be my solution if i were to decide to add a shower to the bathroom in my 13' ... i could rig this up under the sink and with a T - run a line to the bathroom.
question for the electrical folks is - is this as efficient as they say? i mean specifically for us eggers? i am sure its fine for the house, but since i dont have a house or know anything about electrical i will defer to the experts here among us!

link here:
InSinkErator | Model SST-FLTR
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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Well for the electrical hook up, I am no electrician, but most house hold circuits are 120v 15 amp, and this unto says 120 v 6.25 amp, so as lots of room to have it hooked up in a circuit with other appliances, such as your fridge?

But if I were hooking it up I would put it on it's own circuit just to make sure it had enough power, this is also assuming you have the correct 220 v 30 amp, coming from the post to your trailer, if you only have 120 V 15 amp to your trailer it would still work but might blow a breaker if you run too many things at once

It's a great idea though, will keep it in mind for my remodel, it gets the water HOT though, lowest setting is 160 degrees, now if they made a propane version of this I'd be all set!!!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:22 AM   #6
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I would like a propane model, hopefully will be spending time outside of RV parksm and AC. I just did some measuring and even the small 3 gallon is about 1 inch too deep. Will have to do some more thinking on this one.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:54 PM   #7
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Ok, did some more measuring. I can fit it in the port aft seat. I think I will order the Suburban SW6D. This refit is starting to get fun!
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:58 PM   #8
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I bought a Coleman Hot Water On Demand earlier this year and am very pleased with it.

Pbraunton, campground 30 amp hookups are 110v, not 220v.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #9
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Have you seen mine?
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:39 PM   #10
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I dod some measuring and a Suburban won't fit where you have yours in our camper. I just ordered the SW6D and plan on putting it on the other side aft locker. Things are starting to shape up now that I am starting to put things back together!
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Have purchased the SW6D and will be adding it under the sink; as it was done on the original factory install. Robert is the sink left of the door; the same place as 17' boler units?
Really like the photos of your shower setup. This is a great idea for all smaller units: hot water for shower and at the sink!

P.S. Check out this link of a SW6D install; it was of help to me.
YouTube - RV Water Heater Replacement

The water heater unit in Roberts pictures above is a smaller unit than the SW6D and would be a better install on smaller units.
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I have an Atwood six gallon heater in my Scamp, installed inside my vertical cabinet on the curbside just to the left of my door.

This position was "predetermined" by the original owner... A small 120V window air conditioner had been crudely installed there. The wheel well had to be cut down by 1/2" to accommodate the heater's design. New fiberglass and resin made a neat waterproof "pan" with a drain.

Though the heater comes with an insulating styrofoam shroud, I lined the compartment with more foam to both stabilize the heater from motion vibrations as well as to add more insulation.

Foam-wrapped PEX water lines deliver hot water to the shower as well as my galley sink.
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Hi, I am considering a propape water heater for an outside shower. Has anyone done this and if so what heater did you use and how do you have it setup. I am thinking about at the Suburban propane sw6d or the 3 gallon one mounted in the bottom of the closet (I am going out to measure now).
How much is your budget about the water heater? Shoot me a message.
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:36 PM   #14
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Robert all the gas and water Lines in my trailer are copper with flair fittings. For the return line to shower taps will look into PEX.
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