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Old 08-12-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hi,
Just got back from a trip and ran into something new for me. We were having trouble getting hot water. We were hooked up to shore power. I turned on the on /off switch on the main panel for water heater as well as the switch outside where the anode rod is. The trouble is we got hot water at the bathroom sink, but only warm water in the shower and kitchen. This was the first time we had used it since we de-winterized it. I'm just wondering if I missed something else.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:00 PM   #2
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Check the winterizing bypass valves. What you are seeing is usually caused by not switching the bypass valves correctly ( forgetting one). If the valves are correct, check the outside shower. It the valves are on ( shower wand shut off) this is another source of warm water.

The photo is winterized. In service ALL THREE valves need to by turned 90 degrees.
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So the middle valve connecting the hot and cold water should be perpendicular and not inline when in use?
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Yes perpendicular or it will let cold water mix with the hot water after the WH.
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Also FYI. THe inside switch controls the propane portion of the WH and the outside switch ( near anode) controls 120VAC operation. You can use both, but you don't need to .
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Thanks Flybob! When I called tech services at Good Sam he said I should turn both switches on. Also said once hooked up to shore power that propane wouldn't heat the water in tank. So much for tech services. I think the valve in the middle may be the problem. Really appreciate the photos, took a picture of them and will keep on my phone.
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Thanks Flybob! When I called tech services at Good Sam he said I should turn both switches on. Also said once hooked up to shore power that propane wouldn't heat the water in tank. So much for tech services. I think the valve in the middle may be the problem. Really appreciate the photos, took a picture of them and will keep on my phone.

Bad Info from "Sam" - because you certainly CAN use both electric and propane if you need faster recovery. We rarely do, but on occasion have used both.


Trust FLYBOB over anything Good Sam has to offer information wise.
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This happens a lot and why we keep this thread link as a sticky at the top of the plumbing section.

NO (OR LUKEWARM) HOT WATER -Please read first
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I would add that newer trailers now do have a switch inside for the electric side. In my 2018 Mini Lite (which is a change from the 2015 I had), there are 3 switches.
Switch 1 is on the heater itself (outside by the anode rode)
Switch 2 (for gas) is inside on the control panel
Switch 3 (for electric) is inside on the control panel.

The water heater (with outside switch on) still will not heat the water unless one or both of the inside switches is also on.

My only thoughts on this particular issue are to check the outside shower. My reason is, if the heating element was bad, you wouldnt get hot water anywhere. But the OP has hot water in the bathroom sink. So heating the water isnt the issue. Second thought, if the water is hot in the sink, it cant be mixing at the winterizing valves, or all of the hot water (sink, shower, kitchen sink, etc) would be "warm". But, if the outside shower is "after" the bathroom sink, the sink would get hot water, but everything else would be warm
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They could have two water heaters as in the 364 TS so be sure both are checked��
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