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Old 03-03-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Ghosts in the RV. Help needed with water heater and battery.

Second outing in our new toy. Everything seemed to be going smoothly. DW went to wash some dishes and realized she only had about 20 seconds of hot water. Checked the panel and it was set to heat from electric. Checked the battery and the panel showed the battery appeared completely dead. I switched the hot water heater over to gas and went out to ensure it fired up and it did. As I was typing this message all the lights in the TT went high brightness and now the panel says the battery is fully charged.we still have no to water but are hopefully this sudden electrical ghost will solve the problem soon. When my wife switched the bedroom light is when everything seemed to change. Does anyone have any ideas at all?? We took this trip simply to work out any bugs. We have a 7 day trip planned for the end of march and certainly don't want these trouble while at the grand canyon.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
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Ok....tell us;
1 - How long you have been hooked up to shore power?
2 - Is the Tv working?
3 - Does the microwave work?
4 - Are you using the AC?
5 - What lights were you using or do you have a regular house lamp plugged in?

Sounds like there was or is a loose connection somewhere? CG power was lost?
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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Unit was plugged in while in storage. Battery showed 100% when we left. Unit is still plugged into shore power. We are watching a movie and eating freshly popped pop corn from the microwave. Battery reports dead on the panel. Lights have dimmed again. Ht water heater is hot to the touch. Hot water comes out for about 10 seconds then goes cold.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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On your hot water heater, are there 2 valves for the bypass and are both of them open.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
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It sounds like a converter problem. When plugged into 110V, the converter should supply a constant 12+ volts for your lighting and battery charging. The part that doesn't fit is what's happening with the water heater. You said that the water heater is on propane, correct?

Are you on a city water connection or running the water pump from the fresh water tank?

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It almost sounds like as the hot water heater gets hot, and hot water expands back into the line, that this is the hot water he is getting for a couple of seconds. But I can't think of any combination of valves being off and on that would allow this
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I can't help you on the electric part, but it sounds like your bypass valve is open. If the bypass vavle is open it allows the cold water to mix with the hot coming out of your tank. You normally will get hot water at first, then it will turn warm or cool.

The bypass valve is located on a line the connects the cold water line (going into the bottom of the hot water tank) to the hot water line (coming out at the top of your hot water tank). The valve should be closed, turned crossways to the line.

Just to note, you will also have valves on the cold and hot water lines. These are apparently in the correct position since you are getting water throughout the tt.
There are also a couple of valves near your water pump. These are for use when winterizing.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:56 PM   #8
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On your hot water heater, are there 2 valves for the bypass and are both of them open.
You are correct and I'm showing how new I am to all of this. Opened second valve and walla! We have hot water.

Then...... Boom, lights just got bright again and battery shows full charge.... However I don't think a valve bring closed suddenly fixed the electrical problem. There are two issues. One solved. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:00 PM   #9
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I can't help you on the electric part, but it sounds like your bypass valve is open. If the bypass vavle is open it allowss the cold water to mix with the hot coming out of your tank. You normally will get hot water at first, then it will turn warm or cool.

The bypass valve is located on a line the connects the cold water line (going into the bottom of the hot water tank) to the hot water line (coming out at the top of your hot water tank). The valve should be closed, turned crossways to the line.

Just to note, you will also have valves on the cold and hot water lines. These are apparently in the correct position since you are getting water throughout the tt.
There are also acouple of valves near your water pump. These are for use when winterizing.
Yes sir. As usual you are correct. My first winterization and first dewinterization.. Lol. Now solve my electrical problem would ya?
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #10
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I've had trailers with 1 bypass valve and 2 bypass valves but forgot that some may have 3 bypass valves. Glad that problem is solved. On your electrical trouble I'm leaning towards a converter trouble as was previously mentioned.
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