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Old 11-15-2010, 06:34 PM   #11
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Tmmar -

Thank you - I was hoping for the specific location!! :-)

The kids don't have a problem - since they take baths and I just get the tub full and warm. I do turn the water way down in the middle, soap up, and then rinse. I didn't realize that we needed too. Perhaps - more cold and less hot would help as well.

Let me check the bypass the next time I am in the coach.

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I would look to see about the bypass just in case it is part of the problem. It will be on the coach (inside side) of the water heater which is under the kitchen sink. It is down kind of low on the heater. You have to reach over the 1/2 'wall' that is in front of the water heater. I believe that if it is turned parallel to the coach floor, that would be the position for normal use, not bypass. It is a 1/4 turn valve so you only need to turn it 1/4 turn to put in the normal position. We have the oxygenics shower head and it really helps. I can wash my hair and shower (granted I am mostly bald) and not run out of hot water. I keep the shower head open and water running, but not full flow open.
Hope this helps.
Another thought- make sure that your outside shower and any other valves that supply water to other appliances that you don't need, are closed.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:06 PM   #12
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We also have the Oxygenics shower head. It is wonderful, it is my husband who takes the long showers. We just got a 2011 Berkshire and took 1 shower each with the shower head provided....after my husband took his shower he changed the shower head pronto. We removed the Oxygenics from our trade in and put the original shower head back on. We also purchased one for our home...Camping World also sells them. Around 40$ maybe.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:03 AM   #13
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If you have an outside shower, check that one as well. If the two valves are open, but the shower head shut off is closed, it will "dribble" slightly, but will also act as a mixing valve, cooling off your hot water anything beyond it in your system to. My outside shower is plumbed between my gally and the bathroom, and I couldn't figure out why I had HOT water at the kitchen sink, but warmed water at the batroom sink, 5 feet away....
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If you have an outside shower, check that one as well. If the two valves are open, but the shower head shut off is closed, it will "dribble" slightly, but will also act as a mixing valve, cooling off your hot water anything beyond it in your system to. My outside shower is plumbed between my gally and the bathroom, and I couldn't figure out why I had HOT water at the kitchen sink, but warmed water at the batroom sink, 5 feet away....
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:04 PM   #15
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The CURSE has been broken!

I am happy to announce the DW has been able to complete her FIRST shower in the RV after 5 trips!! :-)

She did the Navy Shower routine and made it thru with hot water to spare.

Thank you all for the tips and info. I know know more about the Heater than I new existed.

FYI - I did find and check the bypass valve (it was not an issue). I also switched
The electric to ON a since we are on CG 50 amp. I will switch it OFF when we hit the road.

I did NOT check the pressure valve -
But will check when i locate it..

So - this all said I noticed a thread on Tankless heaters. If this can be retro fitted - It would be an upgrade
I would like to try..
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:55 PM   #16
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Most likely you looked at the pressure relief valve and did not realize it at the time. It kind of looks like an outside spigot for a water hose and is located outside under the tin cover in the upper part of the tank. Normally brass with a steel "lever" on the top of the valve; it should also have an aluminum washer with writing on it under the lever.
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Do you know there is a small on/off switch at the bottom left corner when you open the water tank access panel on the outside of the unit. It is hard to see it, so look close. When it is on you are heating water with electricity as well as gas, really helps to bring it up to hot ffaasstt!
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Do you know there is a small on/off switch at the bottom left corner when you open the water tank access panel on the outside of the unit. It is hard to see it, so look close. When it is on you are heating water with electricity as well as gas, really helps to bring it up to hot ffaasstt!
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Jack - Yes, that is what I turned on. The one with the cir clip thru it..
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Most likely you looked at the pressure relief valve and did not realize it at the time. It kind of looks like an outside spigot for a water hose and is located outside under the tin cover in the upper part of the tank. Normally brass with a steel "lever" on the top of the valve; it should also have an aluminum washer with writing on it under the lever.
Got it!

So I crack this open until water comes out? If there is air it will push out first?

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Old 11-27-2010, 10:59 PM   #20
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I don't know whether this will help or not but I always turn on the gas hot water switch when either one of us takes a shower so that it recoups much faster. never had a problem since I started doing this.
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