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Old 12-12-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy no hot water

We just purchased a 2011 38 foot Forest River Cedar Creek 5th wheel. We are new to this camper thing!!! We took it out for the 1st winter trip. We could not get hot water... The pilot light was lite... we had gas to our stovetop but when you turned on the faucet... it would only get luke warm for a few seconds then turn cold!!! We read and re-read the applicance manual..... still no hot water... does anyone have suggestions on what we are doing wrong!!!
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Perhaps its your hot water tank bypass turned on, found behind your hw tank.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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probably what rugged brown said....The by-pass valve must be closed and the inlet valve and outlet valve for the hot water heater must be open (when open the valve handles should be pointing in the same direction as the lines are running.) Hope I'm not confusing you.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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This question seems to come up quite often from "Newbies" - speaks to the quality of the walk-thru's being provided. Rugged Brown has your answer, but the only thing I would add is that you will have to find the back side of your water heater. It will likely be inside a cabinet or behind a false door access. Often there is a removable light wood panel screwed to the floor that must be removed for access to the rear of the water heater. Good Luck !

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Old 12-12-2011, 02:22 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for your help!!! As soon as we get off work today, we are going to try your suggestion..... We are big "Newbies"!!!! It is just very frustrating when you think you have thought of everything.... and you get to your destination and find something isnt doing what it is suppose to do and you have no idea what your doing wrong!!! We called the place where we bought it and their suggestion was to bring it in to them and they will look at it.......... well we live 5 hours from that place! We have put forest river forums on our favorites list!!! Wish us luck!!! We will let you know how it goes......
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:31 PM   #6
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Well I am so happy to report that we located the by-pass valve and sure enough it was on!!! After closing it, we were able to get hot water!!!!

Thank you guys so very much for your help!!!! Merry Christmas to everyone!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:37 PM   #7
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That's what this forum is all about. There are some very knowledgeable people here. I've learned so much over the past year and hope that I too can help when possible.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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Thanks to all of you! We are "newbies" to this rig but you helped us solve our hot water problem. We did have a bad converter replaced and were attributing our hot water problems to the new surge of power. Thanks again*
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