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CKG

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Hi folks
I posted this question on the fb group. I thought I'd put it to the broader community.

I've noticed that, when the water heater is on in our Commander S, there is a high draw on the battery ie 19-30amps. This is stopping us from using our water heater except when we have heaps of power in our batteries or connected to mains.

Is this normal?
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CKD

Yes this is normal but only on the initial firing up of the unit (first minute or two) then it drops right down

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As Kiwi said completely normal.

I use the cabin heater on my trailer most of the night (heater and internal fan) quite regularly and have never had a situation where we have run out of battery. We do have good solar input though.

What do you have to recharge the battery when stopped? 120 watts solar would be heaps or run the car with the Anderson plug for 1/2 hour.

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CKG

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Thanks for the replies. Heater's been running for 20mins now. Showing 7-11 amps draw.

We have 200w on the roof and another 100w portable if we need it through a bcdc unit. So plenty of recharge capacity unless overcast. I don't like running my 4.5litre V8 generator if I can avoid it.

It's not really a problem. Just wondering if normal. It's ok if we're aware of it when we're low on juice in the batteries.
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May I ask what type of water heater, gas or diesel ?
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William the Conqueror

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Conquerors are fitted with one of two types of water heater.

The one being discussed above is the diesel Webasto Thermo Top with the optional Internal Cabin Heater. This unit is hard fixed into the trailer.

The other type that is sold with the Comanders and smaller units is a portable gas unit (Country Comfort) that must be setup prior to use.

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