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Old 05-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #11
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Since water isn't pouring out of your water heater tank, the valves are turned in such a way as to bypass your heater altogether. Put the anode rod back in, take the heater out of bypass mode, and turn water back on. Water heater should light. Unfortunately, you may have burnt the electric heating element by turning on the electric with a dry tank.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:18 PM   #12
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ok, then why the hell don't I have any hot water, and what does the anode rod do, since it looks just like a heating element I've replaced in household electric hot water heaters.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:26 PM   #13
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Since water isn't pouring out of your water heater tank, the valves are turned in such a way as to bypass your heater altogether. Put the anode rod back in, take the heater out of bypass mode, and turn water back on. Water heater should light. Unfortunately, you may have burnt the electric heating element by turning on the electric with a dry tank.
ok, what does putting the cruddy looking anode rod back in do if anything? Secondly how does one take the heater "out of bypass mode" And yes I was trying to run this thing without water, so I MAY have burnt the element.

Why wouldn't the dealership explain this stuff to a stone cold newbie? I'm stunned.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:31 PM   #14
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the tank is in bypass mode there should be two lines turn the valves open the one that connects the two turn in the off position. The anode rod keeps mineral deposits away from the tank they attach to the rod once the rod gets down just replace it . your tank should run for many years. also if the electric switch was on all night it might have burn the element up. but should still light off gas..
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:35 PM   #15
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The anode rod is meant to be sacrificial so the hard water attacks it and not ur tank. A lot easier to replace a 10 dollar rod then a whole hot water heater.

If you turned on the electric to the hot water heater and no water in it you most likely fried the element and will be looking for a new one.

And look in relation to where the water heater is but on the inside of the trailer. There may be a blank off plate you need to take off and spin a valve or two. They use the bypass mode so you don't fill the water heater while winterizing.

You need to go back to the dealer and ask for your pdi. This should of all
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Try watching this video.....

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not sure if you can get you tube but if so they are some great videos to walk you thru it .. step by step. I would for sure call your dealer have them walk you thru your camper step by step you can get a what they call a PDI list off of the forum that will help you make sure they cover everything..
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ok, then why the hell don't I have any hot water, and what does the anode rod do, since it looks just like a heating element I've replaced in household electric hot water heaters.
The water might be running out of that big hole the anode rod goes into!
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The water might be running out of that big hole the anode rod goes into!
ok water was not pouring out of the hole the anode rod goes into. I have stuck my head inside the hot water enclosure inside the bathroom, and I truly don't know what I'm looking at. I have a little sense of the system, but not enough to figure this out without assistance. I'm going to watch the youtube video now and call the dealership in the AM and give them so sh..
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you should have three valves in there if not and you have an outside compartment next to the water heater check there two should be turned cross ways of the lines and one turned in line with the line. just turn all the three opposite of what they are now. A good idea also would be when you get home is setup camper in the driveway and hookup power water. setup everything just like you would if your camping. checkout everything. from air to furnace. Its know fun going having something fail when your there at the campsite. It will make you camping fun. Alot easier to fix something at home then at the CG.. Hope you get it fixed..
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