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Old 01-02-2019, 03:26 PM   #1
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Line to water heater is freezing

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to access water line that leads from manifold to water heater.

I see 4 pipes (water heater in and out, washer hot and cold) enter into coach from water compartment, continue under bed and then go somewhere under closet to reach water heater.

I fished from manifold to reach the corner between bed and closet and it is fine till that point. It is freezing somewhere under the closet as I don't get any water to the water heater when checking the intake pipe.

Ideally, I'd like to add more insulation around these pipes and maybe run a heat tape there as they freeze up when the temps get into mid teens.

Does anyone know how to access these pipes?

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Old 01-02-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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Did you pull off the long panel under the closet which is held on by pop off clips . The water line to and from the water heater should be accessible from there assuming the water heater is on the passenger rear quarter.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:47 PM   #3
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That sounds logical reason to having this panel there under the closet. I only have carpeted wall behind that panel with about 1 inch of space in between.

Is there a trick to remove it?
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:46 PM   #4
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On my model, I have multiple panels. Behind one is that carpeted wall, behind the other I can see the heater lines.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:44 PM   #5
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I also have these 2 panels.

The small one leads to the back of water heater and to water heater lines, both, supply and output. I already checked these and there is no water back there in the supply line.

I also checked this supply line from the manifold, under the bed and to the corner of the coach up to the closet on the driver's side and there is no blockage there.

I just opened engine access panels from the inside of the coach and I don't see any pipes there either.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-02-2019, 11:34 PM   #6
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Are you running the RV's furnace?

If not...that is what will heat the underbelly where the plumbing is.
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Old 01-02-2019, 11:42 PM   #7
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My basement is heated by both furnace and electric space heater and is super warm. The frozen spot of the piping is above the engine, bellow the closet along the very back of the bus..
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:38 AM   #8
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in mine, the hwh and washer line run in the back of the closet, under the rugged box.
In really cold weather (16 degrees) I had good luck running the furnace- set at 65, a space heater by the water pump, and I keep the closet door open, and well as remove the indoor access panel to the hwh.



I change my hwh to a Truma- so I set it to maintain temperature, rather than on demand.


You need to be very careful when putting heat tape on plastic water lines. Make sure the tape is rated for plastic- Usually self regulating tapes are.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:09 AM   #9
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I am very well heated but it did not help once the temps dropped into single digits and negatives.

Thanks for the warning about heat tape. From the limited research I made it looks like the issue is with adhesives that used to attach tape to the pipe. I was planning to wrap the pipes in foil first for better conductivity.

The main issue remains is how to get to those damn pipes....
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Are you running the RV's furnace?

If not...that is what will heat the underbelly where the plumbing is.
Will it on a Berkshire? Not on mine.
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