Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
FEZ
Member
 
FEZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 48
Dumb Question: Water Heater Operation

Okay, here goes my second post -- How does the water heater work in Freelander? I opened the bypass valve, the tank filled, I turned on the water heater, waited 10-15 minutes, turned on a hot water facet, hot water for about 3-5 seconds, then cold again. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
__________________

__________________
FEZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
sherdep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Saint Cloud FL
Posts: 1,565
no question is a dumb question -

were you on a generator , shore power or was the hot water heater on gas or none of the above?
__________________

__________________
2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 - Matt
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Qaud Cab 4x4 with 35" tires and 3.92 gears, Dynatech Longtube Headers & Fabtech 6" lift + Superchips with shift Tuning
Nights Camped 2011 (37) - 2012 (16)-2013 (2) -2014 (5) -2015(0)
USMC 91 - 95 - F/A-18 Aviation Ordnance
sherdep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:05 PM   #3
FEZ
Member
 
FEZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 48
It is a gas heater and it was fired up. I could hear it heating up and felt the heat exhaust outside the cover. Any ideas?
__________________
FEZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
sherdep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Saint Cloud FL
Posts: 1,565
maybe there is a bypass hose or a hose diverting the hot water - thats what comes to mind
I would think 10 to 15 minutes would have been plenty of timeto get hot water
__________________
2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 - Matt
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Qaud Cab 4x4 with 35" tires and 3.92 gears, Dynatech Longtube Headers & Fabtech 6" lift + Superchips with shift Tuning
Nights Camped 2011 (37) - 2012 (16)-2013 (2) -2014 (5) -2015(0)
USMC 91 - 95 - F/A-18 Aviation Ordnance
sherdep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 82
Bypass should be closed - valve in and out of the tank open - but not sure how your valve layout is - that type of scenario I had with my first TT and had the same symptom as you
__________________
rick_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
sherdep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Saint Cloud FL
Posts: 1,565
I am unsure of his layout either - only reason why a bypass came to mind is my father's motor home had the same issue as well and the by pass was near the main water connections - his had a red hose instead of the blue with the valve turned
__________________
2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 - Matt
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Qaud Cab 4x4 with 35" tires and 3.92 gears, Dynatech Longtube Headers & Fabtech 6" lift + Superchips with shift Tuning
Nights Camped 2011 (37) - 2012 (16)-2013 (2) -2014 (5) -2015(0)
USMC 91 - 95 - F/A-18 Aviation Ordnance
sherdep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:25 PM   #7
FEZ
Member
 
FEZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 48
Never mind guys, I figured it out. You guys were mention the bypass valve then it dawned on me that I only opened two valves and thought maybe I missed one. Just ran out to the RV and guess what? In a new Freelander there are three valves going to the water heater and third one you can barely see. Thanks again for everything!
__________________
FEZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 10:28 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
sherdep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Saint Cloud FL
Posts: 1,565
cool and glad you got it figured out - told ya it wasnt a dumb question
__________________
2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 - Matt
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Qaud Cab 4x4 with 35" tires and 3.92 gears, Dynatech Longtube Headers & Fabtech 6" lift + Superchips with shift Tuning
Nights Camped 2011 (37) - 2012 (16)-2013 (2) -2014 (5) -2015(0)
USMC 91 - 95 - F/A-18 Aviation Ordnance
sherdep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 06:24 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2
Hello out there,
I've just registered with forestriver forums and am in dire straights.... my brother is using my RV and asked me how to "get hot water." I've had my Forest River RV since 2005, used the hot water heater for about three months, but now I'm totally lost as to what to tell him to get it started. ANy help out there would be greatly appreciated. GJohnson
__________________
LCDR Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 08:09 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
jimh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Charles, La.
Posts: 1,531
make sure the tank is full, the bypass on the water around the heater is closed and the supply open (check some of the post on how to winterize and reverse).
check for a full tank at the tank relief. pull the lever a little and see if u have air or water (have water pressure on it when u do this). don't depend on water at the faucet to tell if the tank is full; if the tank is bypassed as in winterizing, the you could have water at the faucet and still have a dry tank.
flip the switch on the hot water heater to run it on electric; also make sure the breaker is on.
if u don't have electric, there should be a switch mounted in the trailer (mine is on the end of a lower cabinet) then go outside and watch it light (in case u have an obstructed burner that u didn't see).
after the initial set up all should work automatically after that.
if it sparks and fails to light, light one of the burners on the stove to make sure u have gas. it may take several tries before the air is out of the line to the water heater.
i believe one of the earlier post in this thread has a picture.
__________________

__________________
jimh is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:09 AM.