Most RVs come with a standard 6 gallon or 10 gallon water heater, although some campers can go up to 12 gallons or more. Tankless water heaters are designed to replace the existing units. These are retrofit designs so they can fit in the same cut-out of your existing water heater.
Also question is, are RV tankless water heaters gas or electric?
No one likes a cold shower, and with endless hot water through a tankless water heater, you won’t ever have to worry about that again! Not only are electric tankless water heaters a good source of hot water in your RV, they also are often far more efficient than traditional tank water heaters.
Keeping this in view, can you upgrade an RV water heater?
Tankless RV Water Heater
There is, however, an upgrade that will allow you and your family to get by without ever visiting a campground bathhouse or taking the infamous short shower. This upgrade comes in the form of a tankless water heater, an amazing little gadget that literally heats water on demand.
Can you use an electric tankless water heater in a camper?
The best electric tankless water heater for your RV provides hot water on demand without taking up too much room. Since the heater uses electricity, you do not have to worry about carrying propane or natural gas in your RV.
Yes, Tankless Water Heaters Can Provide Unlimited Hot Water … The nature of how tankless hot water heaters work means, by definition, they won’t run out of their hot water supply. This is because a tankless water heater has no hot water supply it can deplete.
How to Convert RV Water Heater to Tankless?
- Turn off your propane tank, electricity supply and water supply. …
- Go ahead and disconnect the supply of electrical, gas and water before installing the tankless water heater. …
- Unscrew the old water heater using a drill with an attachment fitting the screws of the device.
For most RVs, the following steps can be applied to RV and trailer water heaters:
- Check the water heater bypass valve.
- Open it up and let the water flow into the primary tank.
- Now, connect your RV to a nearby water outlet and use the onboard pump to start pumping water.
- Turn on the hot water tap.
Tankless RV water heaters, also known as RV-instant-hot-water-heaters, work by heating the water as soon as you flip the hot water faucet on. Rather than heating an entire tank of water, an instant RV hot water heater heats the water as it runs through the pipes inside the heater.
A standard 10 gallon hot water heater tank takes about an hour for the water to heat up. Tankless hot water heaters never run out of hot water. The price for an RV tankless hot water heater costs approximately $1,000.00 – versus $800.00 for a 10-gallon standard hot water tank.
A tankless water heater is a good investment for your RV if you live in it full time or it gets a lot of use. Full-time RVers will find the amount of money saved on electric bills can pay for the unit over a few years.
The main disadvantage of tankless water heaters is their upfront cost (unit and installation) is significantly higher than tank-style heaters. Including installation, tankless water heaters cost 3 times more than tank-style water heaters on average.