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Old 04-22-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Need help please

My husband and I bought a 2006 Gulfstream Cavalier camper. When we hooked up a water hose to it we got water in the bathroom sink(cold) and no hot water. There is no water coming out of the kitchen sink at all. Then we you look outside, there are two gray lines coming from underneath and water is coming out of them. Is there a plug that goes on them and what are they used for? We are like so clueless and need help!!!
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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you might want to see if there's a Gulfstream owner's forum, like this one, for help with your particular model.
is it a trailer, motorhome or what?

sounds like the low point drains are open. since it's not a FR product, not sure if anyone here can help find the valves.
it may still be in winterized mode.
also, did you light the water heater or do you have propane for it? or are you using electric power to heat the water?

need more info about what you've done to get the water hot.
where did you buy it, dealer or private party?

i saw that you posted the same question on someone else's thread.
future posts of this type, need to be posted in the General Tech and Repair section.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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We purchased it from an auction. It is a fema trailer. We haven't tried lighting the hot water tank not really sure how to do it. This is something new to us. We have propane tanks cause we used them to cook in it as well as heat it. It was February when we purchased the trailer. We know that the hotwater tank panel is outside and we found it yet aren't really sure how to lite it need help with that as well. So do we need a plug for it and what kind of plug does it need. Cause when we put your finger over the plug water will come on in the kitchen but as soon as you move it the water stop in the sink and water goes everywhere outside.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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are you saying that the water heater has an open hole in it?

not sure how much people here can help, since the Gulfstream is not a Forest River product.
doesn't sound like you have the owner's manual, either, so knowing which WH you have may not be easy to answer.
some water heaters have DSI, which allows you to light it from inside. but, a FEMA trailer probably doesn't have that. if you can find the brand and model of the WH, the manual will be available on the manufacturer's website.

are you currently living in it?
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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no we live it a couple times a week. We are near family so we can go close by to wash dishes. But as the weather gets warmer we would like to be it in more than we are now. But without knowing how to get the water going we want be able to travel. No there is no owner manual with it so we are like completely clueless. Was just looking for some idea of where to start to fix the problem
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:50 PM   #6
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First of all those line are probably a low point drain mine has a screw on cap you will need to find something thats fits it maybe have to call a gulfstream dealer you will also need to find the back of water heater and check that the bypass is in the summer position meaning that it lets water flow to the heater and not bypass it . To lit the heater you probaly have to do it manually get a long lighter or something that will reach inside the burner push down pilot lit trun to light hold match or lighter on thermocouple till it stays on
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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Go here and get your answers - http://www.gsowners.com/
that is for Gulfstream owners of FEMA trailers - you will get more help there then you will on this site since this site is Forest River Specific and has nothing to do with Gulfstreams on top of the fact that you have posted this all over the place and in the wrong forums since it is in left field compared to what the original post was about
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Did I hear or read somewhere that a lot or all of the FEMA trailers do not have grey or black tanks?
Not sure about any of the water supply issues,
Good luck getting them resolved.
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For my two cents , sounds like low point drains. Mine are also screw in type. Dealer should have or order for you. They only a few dollars. If you two lines most likey the hot n cold lines
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It sounds to me like the bypass valves on the water heater are open. There should be a paneling cover or a cabinet rear wall that you can remove for access to the water heater from the inside. Once you can see it; there is valves on the hot and cold water lines that allow you to drain the lines and water heater for the winter months. It sounds to me like they just need to be flipped the other way, IF it has the fill and drain kit. The water heater USUALLY has lighting instructions on the back of the access door on the outside of the camper. If not, find out the manufacturer of the water heater, usually Suburban or Attwood, and the model, and do a search online. Hope this helps! Randy
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