Upgrading to a hybrid hot water heating system is not difficult to pursue. In fact, it’s a convenient and environmentally-friendly choice to consider over traditional six-gallon water heaters when hot h2o is frequently needed on the road.
It may not be a priority for weekend RVers or those who travel just a few times a year. However, if you`re a full-timer or enjoy long trips with family, a hybrid system just may be the ticket to always have hot water. This is especially useful when dry camping or when you’re at a campground with limited service.
“RVing is often all about the luxury, yet many RVers settle for mediocre hot water experiences,” says Jonathan Ellis, Dealer Technical Sales Rep for Truma, a manufacturer of the AquaGo hybrid instant water heating system. “We offer the Truma AquaGo because we wanted users to be able to shower like they do at home.”
Introduced in 2014 and a hybrid system designed between a boiler system and a traditional tankless water heater, the AquaGo uses propane and operates from a common 12V power source, which can instantly heat water from existing fresh water tanks in an RV. What`s more is the AquaGo`s mixing vessel (that holds 1/3 gallon of water). This serves as a buffering system so hot water remains at a constant 120 degrees. RVers will also appreciate its modulating burner that is completely step-less to offer between 20,000-60,000 BTUs per hour.
Other Highlights Include:
- The ability to accommodate many classes, makes and models of RVs
- Measures the standard 12.5 x 12.5 inches (which is the six-gallon/tankless size standard)
- A weight of 34.2 pounds
- The capability to replace water heaters up to 16 gallon boiler tanks
- A one-year parts and labor warranty (with an extended year for registered units)
- Three thermal cut-off switches to protect the unit from excessive temperatures.
- A flame monitoring device, which switches off the gas supply if the flame goes out.
- Low propane consumption
Hot Water When Needed; Easy to Winterize
When not in use for long periods or to winterize, Ellis explained RVers can simply flip on the external bypass. Then, pull down the yellow Easy Drain Lever, and the system will drain water away from the RV (to prevent water stains on a RV`s exterior). Once you empty the reserve water, flip the lever back up into place. The AquaGo is then ready for winter or to rest for long periods.
“RVers are provided unlimited hot water at a consistent temperature regardless of flow and changes in flow,” added Ellis. “It`s ideal for those that spend a considerable amount of time RVing and who have washing machines or dishwashers. It also means that RVers don’t have to wait long periods for hot water.”