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Old 10-29-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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hot water

Just back from a ten day stay in the N GA mts. Boy was it cold there.

My problem is the hot water tanh, the temperature of the water is so hot you can't hold your hand under it for 2 seconds. It is so hot that you would not dare let a child take a shower alone.

Consulted dealer and was told that there is no way to control this. It is set by the manufacturer and cannot be changed.

This unit is an '05 Forest River 26RKS, and I am hoping someone can give assistanc on this topic.

TOM & Karen

Tom and Karen

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2005 Flagstaff 26RKS
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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On my old 5'er I could adjust the temp. This one I can't.

I think the reasoning for the EXTRA HOT water is so you can mix it with cold water and have longer showers without running out of hot water as quick in that little 6 gallon tank.

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Old 10-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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Mine is the same way. As soon as I feel warm water I have to turn on the cold fast.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:40 PM   #4
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You do the samething in the camper as you do at home, mix cold with hot. I don't think my old body could take a 100% hot water shower at 130 degrees. I am already wrinkled maybe I need to take a cold shower to help make the outter shell shink. You did bring up a good point, watch your kids around the hot water. If you have a out side shower keep it locked, I hate to see kids and pets get hurt.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:27 AM   #5
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Tom, keeping in mind that a little 6 gallon tank will run out of hot pretty quickly
and also keeping in mind that if the water is not as hot you will run out even
I've heard on another group that you can probably buy an adjustable thermostat
for your hot water heater. Try calling the tech support line of the manufacturer.
(I'd post a link but you didn't tell us what brand/model hot water heater you have.)

Good luck!!
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:22 AM   #6
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PROTECT your children! I copied this for your info:

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