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Old 04-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #11
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Or turn on the hot water spigot until all the air has purged.
Don't do this.

Its possible that your wh heater is still bypassed which gives you a false sense of the tank being full when in fact its empty!

When wh is by passed you'll still get water out of the hot tap.


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Old 04-17-2014, 10:15 AM   #12
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Don't do this.

Its possible that your wh heater is still bypassed which gives you a false sense of the tank being full when in fact its empty!

When wh is by passed you'll still get water out of the hot tap.


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Sorry didn't mean to pass on bad info but glad it was corrected!

My trailer doesn't have a bypass, unless I am more ignorant than I thought?
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:12 PM   #13
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We don't turn on our water heater until about 30 minutes before we require hot water and we turn it off when we are done using hot water. We don't leave it on all of the time.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:51 PM   #14
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OK another stupid question. Where would a bypass valve be? I flushed the system last weekend and sanitized it, did not know about bypass.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:15 PM   #15
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Mine has 3 ball type valves on the inside of the trailer. I have to open an access panel to get to it.

Also before you use your propane fridge/hwh, make sure you run the stove to get the air out of the lines. Otherwise you'll have to reset everything.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:41 PM   #16
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How they plumbed your water heater is model dependent. They all should have bypass valves or when you winterize you will use an additional 6 to 10 gallons of RV anti-freeze to fill the HW heater.

There is a one valve type that uses a "T" type valve and a check valve in the hot water out port in the water heater, and a 3 valve system that uses no check valves. There have been reports of a 2 valve setup with a check valve but I do not have a photo of that type.

ALWAYS make sure the AC power switch is OFF (shown with a safety pin through it) before draining the water heater. Not all water heaters have an AC power option.
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