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Old 11-05-2018, 01:25 AM   #21
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Not trying to invent it. Just wanted to use the hot water heater while camping to help heat the MH. Thought it might be cheaper that a electric heater. Especially when parking long term and they charge for electric
Then wouldn't using the propane furnace for heat work better (be more efficient) than redesigning the water heater to provide heat?
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:12 AM   #22
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water heater efficiency

It hard to beat the efficiency of the installed Heating system (mine is 19,000 BTU), I can't imagine heating my home's hot water Baseboard with a 40 gallon hot water heater.

the typical 6 gallon Propane/Electric hot water heater uses 1400 watts in electric mode. Would be easier to just plug in a 1500 watt space heater.

They also make a 6 gallon hot water heater with a heat exchanger (off engine), for domestic water only:
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Water-He...d/AT96163.html
Atwood RV Water Heater w/ Heat Exchange - Gas and Electric - Automatic Pilot - 8,800 Btu - 6 Gal
Item # AT96163
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