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Old 09-26-2018
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Default Aqua hot life expectancy.

N00b seeking guidance.

After some reading I am coming to the conclusion that these Aqua Hot’s don’t seem to last as long as the coach’s they are in.
I am only speaking to the water holding systems, not the burner, not the electronics.

Seems some start leaking from the domestic copper coil, some leak from the boilers holding “inner” tank. One undeniable fact is if one tries to get any Factory Aqua Hot part prices are over inflated.

I read a comment in the “WOG Aqua Hot Replacement thread” that the Heat My RV specialist states that you may be able to fix the copper coil leak by recoiling or splicing, but one will still have to deal with the eventual boiler tank leaking. I understood this statement to mean that these tanks will only last so long even if they are maintained properly.

In my case my new coach to me is leaking from the fresh water coil. Yep, I can pull and replace the coil and hold my breath that the boiler holding tank will last a few more years. That is if my repair job holds up that long.

I am playing the long game, if I am going to invest in a solution I’d like it to last another 20 years not 2 to 5 years. I am concerned that when I may need to repair again I may not in the position to help myself and have to pay someone else to do the labor.

Sorry for the long winded for introduction for the short question I have..

I understand some have replaced there AH with other system like the Oasis.
Those that have please share your experiences. Good move, any layman can make the conversion? HVAC /Engineer needed, just too much work to adapt to the existing AH foot print?

Those that have not made a change but are sticking to their AH guns I would like to hear from you too.

I understand they are grate system, I just feel like I may be picking dead fruit off the vine repairing this one.

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Well,i have changed an Oasis before because it too had a cracked pipe in the boiler area.
So theres no perfect system i guess.
But,the domestic water is easy to fix,put a stand alone water heater from home depot in and forget it.
Also,your coach has electric heat.

Some coach owners have abandoned the Oasis and the aquahot in favor of the electric heat.


On my 71 resto,i have thought long and hard about what heat to use.
I have a aquahot and i have an oasis,but i think i should have bought heat pumps for the roof,and plumbed my genny coolant water through the bus heat exchangers.


Run the genny for electric heat and the hot water form the engine.
John Finn used to say having an aquahot was just bragging rights...
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Well,i have changed an Oasis before because it too had a cracked pipe in the boiler area.
So theres no perfect system i guess.
But,the domestic water is easy to fix,put a stand alone water heater from home depot in and forget it.
Also,your coach has electric heat.

Some coach owners have abandoned the Oasis and the aquahot in favor of the electric heat.


On my 71 resto,i have thought long and hard about what heat to use.
I have a aquahot and i have an oasis,but i think i should have bought heat pumps for the roof,and plumbed my genny coolant water through the bus heat exchangers.


Run the genny for electric heat and the hot water form the engine.
John Finn used to say having an aquahot was just bragging rights...

Of course,by the time i get it done a small reactor will be available from Amazon!
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Stand alone hot water heater.. Good and cheap and I may go that way interim. Space is an issue for me. We hope to be full timing in this 37, I'm all ready tight on space in the bay area.
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whats the smallest water heater you can buy?
5 gal?
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well the aqua-hot water line leaks that i have worked on were caused by line freezing not smart to hurry the winterization of your system.. line can be repaired i have repaired split water lines for most of my life not one was the pipes fault ....now you can get some damage from minerals, vibration and the dreaded what-nots.. my coach is 15 years old aqua-hot too- it still work'n ...
i think ?????
i'll be back i'm go'n out and check it near freeze'n here
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