water heater

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I ended up building an enclosure and mount for a portable tankless unit on the back of my camper. I didn't want to fuss with the exhaust so outside worked best for me. I also put the shower outside but it sends hot water inside for my sink as well. The unit is an Eccotemp L5.
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honestly.... you rarely need to bath in conventional ways. Bath everyday of course...... just not conventionally. Soap with water rinse is ancient technology that we do out of habit now even though there is better methods. Search No-Rinse Body Wash and No-Rinse Shampoo. Uses only ounces of water. Large adult wipes..... or standard baby wipes as a wash cloth you can burn next day to start the fire (along with your toilet paper).
 
#5
Isotemp water heater using engine heat is very nice for our Sprinter. Water is hot after a 20 minute drive and stays hot for hours. It also has a 750 watt element.

All the best,
Hein
DIYvan.com
 
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I ended up building an enclosure and mount for a portable tankless unit on the back of my camper. I didn't want to fuss with the exhaust so outside worked best for me. I also put the shower outside but it sends hot water inside for my sink as well. The unit is an Eccotemp L5.
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Very slick...
I’m using a removable camp chef triton and a shower tent for bathing and it also works great for dishes etc..
I put my double shower hose (14’) on an adjustable garden sprayer which gives us constant on or only when pressed. Works tins better than the supplied shower head
 

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#12
I have a Suburban IW60 on demand unit. Good packaging from a size/venting standpoint. Not huge, one concentric vent for intake exhaust. Will self fire to keep from freezing.

Downside: It takes a few seconds to get warm water (dependent on plumbing also), means wasting a bit of water each time you want it hot.

Plus side: once its on and running it never runs out of hot.
 
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I want to rig one of these into a circulating system to also use for hydronic space-heating through radiators (water to air heat exchangers).

Is it possible to do so without also using calorifiers (water to water heat exchangers?)

Let's assume not talking potable water standards, just washing. Circulate regular water (not water-glycol mix) through the space heating circuit(s) and the instant HWS controlled manually or by timers and/or thermostats, but when washing up, open the HW tap and voila already hot, and new water is drawn in from the tank.

When space heating not needed, drain and bypass that circuit, use as normal instant HWS.

What say you?
 
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I want to rig one of these into a circulating system to also use for hydronic space-heating through radiators (water to air heat exchangers).

Is it possible to do so without also using calorifiers (water to water heat exchangers?)

Let's assume not talking potable water standards, just washing. Circulate regular water (not water-glycol mix) through the space heating circuit(s) and the instant HWS controlled manually or by timers and/or thermostats, but when washing up, open the HW tap and voila already hot, and new water is drawn in from the tank.

When space heating not needed, drain and bypass that circuit, use as normal instant HWS.

What say you?
Are you building from scratch or are you trying to Frankenstien an existing system?