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Old 05-16-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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I'm newbie sorry for dumb question!

I am a first time travel trailer owner and we have a new 2017 Cherokee. My dumb question is: we have a permanent water hookup for our trailer and I'm not certain how the water heater works by doing this? Does my fresh water tank need to constantly be full and that's where the hot water comes from or will the water be heated somehow when I am just hooked up to my permanent water supply? I don't want to damage anything and I can't find any info in my manuals or on the Forest River site. Thanks for any help!!
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:08 AM   #2
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Hooked up to a permanent water hook you will be fine, hot water heater will fill from both ways.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
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IF you are hooked to city water your water heater will fill IF THE WINTERIZING BYPASS VALVES ARE SET FOR SUMMER MODE.
This is VERY important. The only real way to tell if the water heater is full of
water is to open the outside hatch on the water heater and pull the safety pop off valve handle near the top. If water comes out you should be good to go. If air or nothing comes out you need to turn some valves. Check for water at the safety valve and get back to us.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:16 AM   #4
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If you have a water heater that has an electric element you need to make absolutely sure it's full of water before turning the power on to the element.

It's easy to do. Just open the outside water heater cover and slowly lift the lever on the P&T (pop-off) valve. If water comes out, you're good, If air comes out, hold it open a little until water comes out.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:17 AM   #5
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I am a first time travel trailer owner and we have a new 2017 Cherokee. My dumb question is: we have a permanent water hookup for our trailer and I'm not certain how the water heater works by doing this? Does my fresh water tank need to constantly be full and that's where the hot water comes from or will the water be heated somehow when I am just hooked up to my permanent water supply? I don't want to damage anything and I can't find any info in my manuals or on the Forest River site. Thanks for any help!!
Like most RV's your water heater gets its supply from the RV water line after the tank/outside water supply. Unless you have a bypass system for the heater, water is always going to it from what ever supply you have.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:21 AM   #6
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we have all been the new person at one point or another. dont worry about asking questions. We would rather you enjoy and relax then get frustrated of a simple problem

as the others have said a city connection is all you need for hot water. your fresh tank is for when you dont have a city connection then you must make sure that the water pump is also on
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:40 AM   #7
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Your plumbing system looks more or less like this:
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:28 PM   #8
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asking question is good, also when you are looking for information you can also use you tube
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:34 PM   #9
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They say the only dumb questions are the ones that were never asked. This is how we learn. This forum is the greatest. Keep asking questions.??????????��
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I am a plumber, so don't open the relief valve on the water heater. If som trash gets in it the valve will leak. Open a hot water faucet to bleed the air or check if you have hot water
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