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Old 03-13-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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#1 Has anyone installed a Girard Tankless LP Propane RV Water Heater?
http://www.adventurerv.net/girard-tankl ... 27164.html

In their van. We are planning to have for sink and an outside shower. Wife must have in sink otherwise Id be going cold with a portable outside HW htr.

#2, Anyone used this propex htr. Seems an easy install with thru floor vent as to eliminate side vent.
http://www.propexheatsource.co.uk/HS2000E.php

#3 Under van propane. Found this one and looks to be sturdy. 5.5 gal should suit us fine for fridge heat and hot water for 2 weeks at a time.
http://www.adventurerv.net/gas-tank-512-gal-p-8387.html

My van is the east coast ground up thread. 2008 E350 EB.
Hoping to get feed back, pros and cons especially regarding the tankless hot water heater vs a tank. We are planning on only 10-12 gal holding tank and carry 2-5 gal on rear bumper to mannually add if needed.
Thanks in advance. Spring is coming here in Boston and its time to geterdone....
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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Re: Appliace questions.

In regards to propane tank may have to research van mount vs the other rv mount. Anyone use this brand/style?
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/lp-g ... -tanks.htm
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Re: Appliace questions.

All three of these have been discussed a few times. I don't remember who on the tankless water heater, but Coguzzi did a Propex install that turned out great.
viewtopic.php?p=60184#p60184

Also do a Google search and you will find a lot of Propex installs on VW vans, primarily on The Samba.

As for propane, it's been discussed a lot by me, and others. I went with a quick release hose/tank instead of cutting a big hole in the side of my van though.

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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Re: Appliace questions.

Thanks 86scotty.
I have a hard time searching on this forum certain things. Spent 100s of hours looking thru threads. I appreciate the feed back I'll check out your propane install. prefer simple. Thought the propane could be mounted under carriage without cutting thru van. Trying to limit cutting side of van as much as possible.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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Appliace questions.

You may run in to a problem having it filled if you don't have a good access door. I hadn't thought of this but it was discussed when I was planning mine.
I'll forward a link if I can find it.
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Re: Appliace questions.

If you do cut for access, Sportsmobile (online store) carries a ready-to-mount-door for those cutouts

http://www.sportsmobilestore.com/search ... or&x=0&y=0
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Thanks TG.
I am hoping to mount under passenger side similar to a westy config. Therefore no need to acess thru van body. Im hoping to be able to do the 5.5 tank. Researching but not having any luck..
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Re: Appliance questions.

I used the "Van Mount with Lower Quadrant Fittings" 7.9 gallon, the valve are mounted lower on the cylinder. I only had to cutout about 2" on the sheet metal to clear the valves.

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Re: Appliace questions.

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Thanks 86scotty.
I have a hard time searching on this forum certain things.
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Do you know how to use Google to search a site? Google "site:sportsmobileforum.com tankless water heater" for example and a number of threads return.
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I used the "Van Mount with Lower Quadrant Fittings" 7.9 gallon, the valve are mounted lower on the cylinder. I only had to cutout about 2" on the sheet metal to clear the valves.

Dave
Thanks Dave. Did you have to cut an access for a door? Or were the fittings low enough to fill? I assume it is on drivers side. Is it? Do you have pics?
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