Suburban hot water gas only upgrade to electric and gas

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 18:58
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Has anyone replaced their gas only suburban water heater with a gas and electric heater. If so did you do it yourself or have someone else do it. I am thinking of upgrading.

Regards,
Rob
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Reply By: Trackor 2 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 18:41

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 18:41
I had a caravan service company (Bests in Hervey Bay) fit a combined unit and I'm very pleased with the result. Had it done several year ago. They also fitted a dishwasher where the oven was located.

Regards,

Peter
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Reply By: Rob & Yvonne - Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 21:22

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 21:22
Thank you Peter. I have been researching this, to find out the caulking material etc, and now have a much better idea of what needs to be done.

Regards,
Rob
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 19:18

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 19:18
WE would not consider changing, Our Suburban gas only system is now ten years old in daily use and we leave it 'on' all the time except when travelling so have constant hot water and it uses little gas. We change a 9 kg bottle about every six weeks. Hard to justify a change.

Cheers John and Jean
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Reply By: Rob & Yvonne - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 21:14

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 21:14
Thank you John and Jean.

My main reason for wanting to change is the recovery time in the colder climates. I know that the change cannot be justified on economic grounds.
At the moment we are doing very little free camping so we are almost always connected to power.

Regards
Rob
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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 22:08

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 22:08
It would have to be fitted by a licenced gas fitter Rob, although you could come to an arrangement to do some of the preparation work.



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Follow Up By: Rob & Yvonne - Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 19:24

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 19:24
Thank you Motherhen; I am aware of the need for licensed gas fitters and electricians. There is a great deal of labouring work in removing the old unit and installing the new unit. It involves hot water plumbing, cold water plumbing and carpentry. The most time consuming has been the removal of the caulking around the cowling.

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Rob
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