Truma AquaGo - Boondocker Heaven

The Holcombes get into (endless) hot water

Peter and Kathy Holcombe Peter and Kathy Holcombe  |  06.04.2016

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.

image3For 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.

image4Last 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.


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  1. Karen Bickett Posted on 08.04.2017

    We took our new ’17 View out for the first time. Love it. However, did not do something right for the tankless water system. Turned on outside to Comfort. turned on water pump and heater inside. Got hot water briefly, but then none. We were hooked up to city water at the time. The instructions said to make sure tank had water. I assume that tankless heater would fill when we hooked up to city water. Help!

  2. Tom Boles Posted on 08.01.2017

    This is a very helpful article, thanks for posting! One of the key points I see is the recirculating feature of the AquaGo. That is what provides the totally “instant” hot water with no wait (as precious water goes down the drain). All the tankless water heaters have the same issue unless they are the Truma (with circulation).

  3. Matty Wachala Posted on 06.21.2016

    I have a 2016 Winnebago Adventurer with an Atwood instant hot that does not work. Will this fit in the Atwoods place ?

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 06.23.2016

      Matty,
      An AquaGo is probably not a good replacement option for your Adventurer. Your 2016 should be under warranty and you should contact your dealer or Winnebago Owner Relations at 800-537-1885 for repair/replacement.

  4. Joel Thompson Posted on 06.19.2016

    Does it also work on electricity when plugged into shore power. Will it be an option on the Winnebago Ultralight trailer series in 2016 or 2017.

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 06.19.2016

      Joel. The Truma is a propane only system. No word at this point if it will be incorporated into any towable products.

  5. Leila Shepherd Posted on 06.19.2016

    This sounds so good. Now if we could get a tanklesss water system to work we would not have to winterize. Just make sure the sewer tanks were empty and put RV antifreeze in the traps.

  6. Doug/Linda Noonan Posted on 06.18.2016

    Our 2014 aspect has tankless hot water but no circulator pump. Can we upgrade our unit with a pump or would we have to change out to a new tankless unit and would it fit. Thanks , Doug.

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 06.19.2016

      Sorry Doug. Adding a tankless unit will not give you instant hot water. Just as in residential “always on” hot water, there is a different plumbing configuration (recirculates throughout the coach between faucets and the tank) that must be configured during the actual building of the coach.