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Old 03-30-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Suburban water heater

Bought a used 2006 Georgetown XL model 359. Trying to get ready for first trip and have a couple questions. I have drained the RV antifreeze and filled the fresh water tank. Wanted to check the water heater but it doesn't have water in it. Using city water fill and ran faucets and shower to purge air but still no water in heater. Can't find any bypass valves anywhere. Also where do I put bleach solution in to sanitize tank?
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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Look under bathroom sink for bypass that is where my 340 is. To add bleach drain your hose add bleach into the hose then hook back up and turn faucet on to push bleach into tank.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:24 PM   #3
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There must be bypass valves. Go outside and find the water heater access panel.
Open it and check to be sure the drain plug/anode rod is in place and not rattling
around in there.
Think about where you would need to be inside to access the rear or side of the
water heater. Look for a cabinet with a door you can open or a panel with
4 screws to remove and give you access to the rear.
The bypass valves will be there.
There could be 1 or 2 or 3 valves depending on how it is connected.
Take a picture and post here and we can tell you if the valves are set for
winter or summer.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:33 PM   #4
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Locate your water heater outside of your coach then look underneath RV and possibly there will one or two white cap which are for accessing by-pass valves.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:22 PM   #5
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Not under bathroom sink. Did screw in anode then took back out to see if there was water and there wasn't. Looking at unit outside passenger side it is housed in like one of the basement compartments and on the inside its behind and below the refrigerator. There is an access panel in toilet room but has all the electric in it. Still looking with no luck!
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:18 PM   #6
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Not being familiar with your motorhome, and just wanting to verify we're not overlooking something easy:

Do you have an outside plumbing station (aka wet bay) similar to these pics? If so, you're bypass valves may be there, which are the three valves (red, blue, black) at the very bottom of the first picture...or a lever in the second. Sorry I couldn't find better ones.



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Old 03-30-2015, 06:22 PM   #7
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Not under bathroom sink. Did screw in anode then took back out to see if there was water and there wasn't. Looking at unit outside passenger side it is housed in like one of the basement compartments and on the inside its behind and below the refrigerator. There is an access panel in toilet room but has all the electric in it. Still looking with no luck!
Did you look underneath coach where your water heater is, need to get on your back on the ground??
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Yep Fonzie I did. Crawled all over under the coach.
Wmtire I have a similar station like the top pic but do not have the 3 valves like u show at the bottom
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Yep Fonzie I did. Crawled all over under the coach.
Wmtire I have a similar station like the top pic but do not have the 3 valves like u show at the bottom
Do you have kind of levers or valves that could be a bypass valve? The second pic just has a single lever. Anyway you might possibly could snap a pic of the wet bay and post it here?
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Yep Fonzie I did. Crawled all over under the coach.
Wmtire I have a similar station like the top pic but do not have the 3 valves like u show at the bottom
OK then, father in law has a 378 XL and he has access to his by-pass underneath coach via caps that unscrew from floor of water heater enclosure. Let us know when you find it.
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