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Old 12-14-2018, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Problem - Newbie

I am living full time in a Forest River Salem Cruise Lite 2017 rbxl and am a complete newbie. And to be totally honest, I am a girl that's not very mechanically inclined. Everything runs off of electricity except the hot water heater and stove. When taking a shower last evening, I ran out of hot water shortly after beginning my shower. I assumed it was the propane tank. After changing it today, it still would not work. It seemed not to catch and would stop after a loud click. I am not sure what to try at this point. I think perhaps I might have done something wrong when changing the propane tanks. I am not sure what to try at this point. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:23 AM   #2
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How many showers had you taken before this happened? These hot water tanks are small and hot water doesn't last very long. Are you sure you just didn't run out of hot water and didn't allow enough recovery time?
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:24 AM   #3
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Have you tried doing a search (at top of page toolbar) on water heater issues? Tons of info on the subject. I would suggest you fill out your profile somewhat. Don't know whereabouts you are fulltiming it, but, if cold weather is a factor, and I assume it is, don't be afraid to search topics like cold weather camping, propane use in cold temps and look into how propane behaves in low temps. Try asking Google as well. Are you running the WH on electric as well? Hope I've pointed you in the proper direction. Good luck and happy holidays!
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:37 AM   #4
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Do you hear the water heater igniter clicking? You might need to turn off the water heater at the control panel to reset the Direct Spark Igniter (DSI). If you truly ran out of gas, the DSI will stop trying after three (3) attempts as it recognizes it can't light. Usually turning off at the control panel and back on will reset and solve the problem
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:38 AM   #5
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I have been full timing it for just over a year. And cold weather could be an issue. I am located in New England, but never had any issues for all of last winter. I will research the topics you suggested. Thank you. I gratefully appreciate all suggestion.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:39 AM   #6
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It sounds like you are saying your water heater is not lighting.
We really need a follow up and a bit more information.


Have you taken showers before and had the hot water you needed or expected??
Is this a new development or is this your 1st time showering in this trailer?
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:49 AM   #7
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After changing the propane tank, does the stove burners light? Just trying to rule out a propane issue.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:50 AM   #8
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I am living full time in a Forest River Salem Cruise Lite 2017 rbxl and am a complete newbie. And to be totally honest, I am a girl that's not very mechanically inclined. Everything runs off of electricity except the hot water heater and stove. When taking a shower last evening, I ran out of hot water shortly after beginning my shower. I assumed it was the propane tank. After changing it today, it still would not work. It seemed not to catch and would stop after a loud click. I am not sure what to try at this point. I think perhaps I might have done something wrong when changing the propane tanks. I am not sure what to try at this point. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Have you used your stove top since changing out the gas tank? Could be an airlock in the gas line. Turn the gas off at the tank then slowly turn it back on. Try the stove top and get all three burners going then try the WH again.

Don't forget the pilot light in the oven.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:51 AM   #9
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I hear a click with the water heater, but then a loud click when it clicks off again. I will try turning off the water heater at the control panel.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:52 AM   #10
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Are your gas burners on the stove working? Does the heater under the sink work? They are both propane. Do you have enough hot water for a shower in the past and this is now a new problem? If you have never had enough hot water for a quick shower your bypass valves could be in the wrong position.
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