Campers make it possible to have fun adventures while having a living space with most of the amenities that humanity has come to love. Beds, stoves, and even showers can be found in campers. To get hot water in a camper shower, a tankless water heater will need to be used. Here’s a quick guide of how to install a tankless water heater in a camper.
Choosing a suitable place
Before the tankless water heater will be installed, a place has to be selected in the camper for it. The water heater will need to be placed in a well-ventilated spot. The spot also needs to be easy to access so you can inspect for any possible gas or water leaks, and to adjust any settings to your liking. You can avoid using long tubing that might result in wasted water if you put the heater near the propane tank and water supply.
Watch out the connect point
There are connection points that need to be identified before installing the tankless water heater. The water heater should have points to attach a gas line, a hot water outlet, and a cold water inlet. The gas and water lines should be turned off before connecting to these points to avoid any possible injury.
Then comes the water lines
With a perfect spot insight and the connection points identified, the water lines can be attached to the tankless water heater. Adding some Teflon tape to the heater’s input connectors will give it a tight fit that will keep water from leaking through. Leaks can be further prevented by giving the fittings a hose clamp. While tubing comes with the heater, if you need something longer, you can add your own. CPVC tubing needs to be used because it won’t degrade when hot water flows through it. 1/2 inch thickness is the size that is normally used for these heaters.
Remember to install the battery
Next, batteries should be installed to use with the water pump. Two D cell batteries, which are usually sold separately, are used to give the heater’s automatic piezo ignition power. Before going any further, a test run of the heater should be performed to see if the connections are working without any leaks. While igniter engages, an audible click will be present. When it seems that all is clear, the pump can be turned off again.
Attach the gas supply line
The gas supply line can finally be attached. Teflon tape should be applied to the gas input, just like with the waterline, to prevent leaks. A special yellow Teflon tape is used that can be put on gas and water fitting, unlike the white-colored variety that is only used for water fittings. Attach the fitting to the input without making the gas line too tight. Tightening the line too much will cause the regulator to become cracked, which will allow a dangerous gas leak. A gas leak is easy to identify by the rotten egg scent that comes with it.
Once everything is in place, the showerhead and hose set can be attached to the heater, and it can be connected to the power supply. The water heater can also be attached to a sink in the camper with a line going from the water pump to an accumulator, and then being split between the sink’s cold water input and the heater’s cold water input. The hot water output would then be attached to the sink, giving it the same functionality of hot and cold water that a normal house sink would have.
A tankless water heater is a handy addition for any camper. By using these simple installation steps, anyone can have hot water while they’re traveling.