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Old 11-26-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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2016 APEX 259 BHSS water heater access

Hi all:

Need a little help finding the key access panel to the water heater bypass valve. I know that the water heater resides under the bottom bunk in this trailer. How is the water heater bypass accessed here? Is there an access panel on the bunk base somewhere around the ladder for the bunk system?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:57 AM   #2
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On my 288 you have to unscrew the piece of plywood that supports the matress.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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4B11T:

Thanks for the info........that's what I was afraid of. What a crazy, inconvenient access huh?
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:58 PM   #4
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4B11T:

Thanks for the info........that's what I was afraid of. What a crazy, inconvenient access huh?
Yes it is. I just leave the screws out of the board on the left and slide it over to gain access.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:09 PM   #5
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What I (and others) have done is to cut an access hole in the left wall of the rear storage compartment. That wall sits right next to the hot water heater and the bypass valves. While you have the bunk plywood out, its easy to see where you need to cut the hole. Save the piece of panel you cut out and use it to cover the hole until you need to access the valves.

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Old 11-29-2016, 10:06 PM   #6
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Ken:

Yup, that back hatch area was one of the first areas I looked in to see if there was some sort of access there.

Thanks for your info and alternate solution !!!
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:51 AM   #7
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Your welcome, azdave.
It's too bad the geniuses at Coachmen didn't think we might want to access those valves through a convenient access panel in the storage compartment rather than dismantling a double bunk bed!

By the way, in case you haven't found it yet, the water pump is behind an access panel, behind a cabinet door on the back side of the ET center in the front bedroom. Man is it tight in there. There's really no plumbing room to install a tee for sucking antifreeze with the pump. You can barely manage to remove the coupling from the suction side of the pump. I went to Lowes and made up a screw-on fitting with a length of plastic tubing to temporarily install to suck pink stuff into the system.

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Old 12-01-2016, 02:26 PM   #8
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Ken:
Your additional information regarding location of the water pump is also appreciated. I was going to start searching for that as well. I am trying to come up to speed on my trailer so when warranty is expired I at least realize where things are and how to access them.

I do appreciate your (and others) help in all this.

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