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Old 05-01-2015, 03:41 PM   #11
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Opening a panel is not a problem, I just figure if I need into it each time, it is going to get a hinge. Getting to this one by the slide is not straight on access.

My tank is enclosed and do not see any way to look into it.

Also, I see a cord was left unplugged, I assume this is for electric heat and should have been plugged in.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:43 PM   #12
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I removed my panel and promptly deposited in the circular file.

They've been known not to plug it in from the factory.


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Old 05-01-2015, 03:55 PM   #13
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Make sure the bypass is turned to direct water to the HW heater. I flip the presser relief valve first. Make sure your Anode is in also! Then turn on the water and then the pump. Once the heater fills up I close it. Then open the faucets slowly starting with the ones closest to the pump or outside water hook up.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:08 PM   #14
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Wow, doesn't any dealer provide a decent walk-through anymore?
This is basic stuff that they should be providing new owners with.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:44 PM   #15
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I actually leave my hot water low point drain open until the tank is full. I use the pump and water in the tank to de winterize
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:31 PM   #16
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Wow, doesn't any dealer provide a decent walk-through anymore?
This is basic stuff that they should be providing new owners with.
Well, I have to say no, but I also think part of my questioning is I started reading too much here and then start second guessing because the dealer made it seem so simple. Hook up the water and turn on the faucet. Models vary so much that not everyone's application is the same.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:50 PM   #17
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Opening a panel is not a problem, I just figure if I need into it each time, it is going to get a hinge. Getting to this one by the slide is not straight on access.

My tank is enclosed and do not see any way to look into it.

Also, I see a cord was left unplugged, I assume this is for electric heat and should have been plugged in.
You usually access the pressure relief valve from the RV outside cover. The by pass valves from the inside panel (Usually only open & close for winterizing & dewinterizing ) Confusing the first few times.

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Old 05-02-2015, 10:45 AM   #18
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one more thing, when I am hooked to shore water and have not filled the fresh water tank, does the fresh tank just stay empty?

My manual mentions nothing of a HW bypass valve.

Water is working, but I am not sure about the heater yet. I do not see anyplace 'convenient' to just get to the to hot water tank and look. Presuming it is behind a panel somewhere but surely one wouldn't have to take a panel off to look each time out. Am I missing something, or just go ahead and turn the heater on?
Bowhnter, in my trailer, I can crawl in from the "passenger side" front storage and access my water heater (which is behind a panel that doesn't need to be removed). I can access the valves that way. You might check that on your unit.
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Couple of other things to keep in mind:

1. I'm a bit paranoid about germs, so I carry a spray bottle of bleach water and give all the connections a quick spritz before hooking up.

2. While stored, I hook both ends of the water hose together to keep things out of it.

3. Always connect the hose to the spigot first and run the water for a second. It not only clears the air from the hose, it lets any rust, etc in the campground water system clear.

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I guess I am in line for some "BAD DAMAGE". For 4 years I have hooked up the water hose, gone inside, turned on the water faucets to purge the air. Having been in the plumbing business for more than a few years.....the quickest way to start a leak from a TP valve is to "play" with it. After all of the air is purged from ALL of the faucets.....Kitchen sink, bath lav, shower, and toilet flush valve.....then I open the gas bottle valves and turn on the water heater, and wait to make sure that the water heater has fired off. To winterize I remove the anode from the water heater, remove the low water drains and blow air thru each valve.....1 at a time to get all of the water out of each separate lines, put rv anti freeze in each trap, and park it.
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