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Old 07-02-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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We are currently camping in Breckenridge Colorado and today we went to take a shower and the water was cold. We are plugged into 50 amp so something must be broke with the electric heating unit so I started the propane tank heater for the water heater and after several hour the water is only warm at best it will not get hot. Do any of you Berkshire gurus know how I can fix this? On the back of the hot water heater should both of the water line valves be open I know one is for the water heater bypass but not sure. My motor home is 2011 390BH.
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:08 PM   #2
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Your water heater in the Berkshires are propane, not electric.
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Mich, the 2011's have a dual gas/electric water heater. It sounds like the water heater is in by-pass mode. I don't remember how the valves should be set for normal operation.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:28 PM   #4
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Not sure about the lines but if your electric switch was left on in that compartment and no water in the heater you may have burned out the heater element.
If it is the element you might be able to get one at Lowes or Home Depot. Good luck.
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Debbie has a good suggestion. Lowe's and Home Depot sell the electric elements for the water heater. Very cheap to replace.
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5456mitch....

My Berkshire has a elec/propane hot water heater..... I know because I've used it both ways.....


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Your water heater in the Berkshires are propane, not electric.
Learned something new about a Berk. When will this stop ? Not sure why I quoted myself but thank you Tom and Ernest for correcting me.
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Like I said - mine works off elec when I'm plugged in or propane when I'm not.... I've got an on/off switch inside the heater to operate the elec....

Inside on my panel I have a switch to fire off the propane....


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Mich, the 2011's have a dual gas/electric water heater. It sounds like the water heater is in by-pass mode. I don't remember how the valves should be set for normal operation.
If the OP has a three valve system, then this may help with diagrams:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...st-103381.html
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