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Old 02-06-2020, 07:07 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 1991 Dodge Pleasureway and it does not have a hot water heater, appears never to have had one. It does have a sink and toilet. Has anyone added a hot water heater and if so I would love the details about how, what type and where you put it?

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Old 02-06-2020, 11:42 PM   #2
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If you are space constrained you could consider:

1. LPG/120AC powered - Malaga water heater, it is a little smaller than NA brands and it doesn’t require cutting large hole on the side of the van, still hole but smaller.

2. Engine coolant/120AC powered – use marine water heater, popular for DIY folks is Isotemp. I have Isotemp heated by independent diesel furnace. Heated by engine coolant but keeps high temperature for at least ˝ day. Or use hot plate heat exchanger, it extracts heat from the running engine coolant.
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For 110vac ONLY, check out the 4gal. Bosh compact water heater. It takes 35 minutes to heat the tank from cold using 14amps or about 1000watts consumption. Around here, that costs $0.08 per cycle cold to hot. Adjustable water temperature also.
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