Non-electric water heating?2007 Chausson Allegro83

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  1. Kanberlingo

    Kanberlingo Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,


    Has anyone ever looked at the feasibility of converting the gas only water heater on the above to gas & electric. At first glance it would appear that we are paying for electric on sites, when the only power being used, is for the fridge, kettle, & the TV (when there's owt worth watching) All the hot water is accessed via the gas boiler. I know that if it was possible to do a retro fit, it would cost an arm & a leg, & that it would be cheaper to stay with gas only, as the cost of a conversion would probably far out weigh the gas used.
    But it would be interesting to delve into the possibility if one existed.

    Cheers

    BeeJay
     
  2. hilldweller

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    Of course you could fall at the final fence -- it's possible that the heater would take more power than is available on some sites.
     
  3. Kanberlingo

    Kanberlingo Read Only Funster

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    Thanks for that, but surely the element would only be the same capacity as is used in factory fitted units.
     
  4. ronboyracer

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    Hi, if you think about it, if you keep that old standby, the elctrick kettle plugged in, you could back up your gas only hot water heater, not a perfect soloution I know, but I find nothing ever is on a motorhome, solve one problem and you get another. Cheers Ronboyracer:Rofl1:
     
  5. Allegro83

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    Hi

    We have an Allegro 83 and found the same problem of paying for electric and not using it except by using an oil filled heater(cold bathroom) and using the electric kettle.

    There are many routes which we looked at

    Add electric hot water element to the bolier
    Change whole unit for gas/electric hot water and heating
    Change to diesel/electric heating and hot water.

    Non of the above will be cheaper than adding a gaslow system and continuing to use gas.

    We however decided to have the Webasto Dualtop fitted and we're really pleased with it. We no longer have to worry about having enough gas for our winter trip to Spain. We changed for the convenience of being able to use electric which we are paying for and when not on EHU we always have the diesel and don't have to worry about gas running out. We decide electric/diesel option is better than elecric/gas and having decided to keep our motorhome indefinitely went ahead with the change.

    Jan
     
  6. Popeye

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    Another alternative would be to fit a calorifier, as fitted to many boats. On a boat the initial heat is supplied by the engines cooling system heat exchanger and on my boat that's all there was.

    I removed the hot water tank and fitted an 800w submersible heater (immersion heater) this of course would run off shore power (EHU) and also my whisper quiet 1000w gennie.

    At 800w it took about 15 mins to heat the tank sufficiently for two showers, that is two people to shower one after the other.

    I would have thought it fairly easy for the gas heater to take the place of the heat exchanger, hmm, worth thinking about. ..Griff
     
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