Truma AquaGo - Boondocker Heaven
After almost three months in our brand new 2016 View 24J, we are completely settled in and loving our new digs. From the moment we moved in, there were numerous upgrades that have made our day to day lives significantly easier, but none so much as the Truma AquaGo tankless hot water heater.
For starters, it is just so quick and easy to use. From the time I press the button to turn it on, it takes about a minute before the water is hot and ready to use. That gives me just enough time to uncover the sink and get the dish soap, sponge and drying mat out, before the water is hot and ready to go. No more waiting for the water to heat up to wash the dishes.
More importantly, however, is the efficiency of the tankless system. It has a pump that continuously circulates the hot water directly to the tap so that it is instantly hot. We no longer have to let the cold water run while waiting on the hot to arrive. This feature is critical when we are boondocking and every drop of water counts. When we have full hookups, the limitless supply of hot water makes shower time feel just like our brick and mortar home.
When you turn on the heater, the pump makes a soft humming noise that is barely noticeable with normal ambient noise. However, when we settle in for the night and all is silent, the soft hum is a great reminder to turn off the unit and conserve propane.
Last year in our old View we had to do an emergency winterization when sub-zero cold enveloped Tennessee and we were out of the coach for a week. Peter had to search around for a large enough socket to unscrew the drain of our hot water heater and the process was all that more time consuming in the cold weather. Though we haven't actually tried it yet, we did experiment with draining the tank. We opened the outside cover and simply folded the drain value out and drained in less than a minute. Much easier!
All in all, the Truma AquaGo tankless hot water heater is a much appreciated upgrade in our new View that leaves us wondering how we ever survived for the past 18 months without it.