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Old 03-23-2018, 09:44 AM   #1
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Water Heater Bypass Location

I'm trying to figure out where my water heater bypass is located. I have a 2011 Surveyor Sport SP-240. The water heater access is on the back side of the trailer. I've attached the floor plans in case that may help.

On a side note, does anyone have a digital copy of the owner's manual for this model? The Forest River website doesn't go back to 2011.

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Old 03-23-2018, 10:07 AM   #2
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I'm trying to figure out where my water heater bypass is located. I have a 2011 Surveyor Sport SP-240. The water heater access is on the back side of the trailer. I've attached the floor plans in case that may help.

On a side note, does anyone have a digital copy of the owner's manual for this model? The Forest River website doesn't go back to 2011.

Thanks,
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It/they is/are at the water heater. Look for a removable panel. 1, 2, or 3 valves.

Mine is old school with one valve.
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Directly behind the water heater.
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I'm not familiar with your particular model, but unless you have one of those wet-bays with a bypass switch, most likely the bypass will be directly behind the water tank. You say it's on the back, is that the 'back' back? As in the rear of the camper? If so, based on the floor plan, it puts it either in that bathroom under your sink, or under the outside kitchen. Hopefully it's the bathroom, as that seems like it would be easier to get to. Look around under the sink for any kind of false panels that can be unscrewed and you'll hopefully find the bypass behind that.
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I would look under the bathroom sink if water heater is on back of trailer....
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While standing outside at the access panel to the WH, then using your mind's eye, picture what is inside the trailer at the same location. Go inside to that cabinet and open it up and look for a removable panel.

If the access panel is in the center of the rear wall, it will be under the bathroom sink.

If on the left rear side, look under the bath closet. If there a smaller access door at the bottom of the closet, it may have 3 hinges on it, 2 on one side, one on the other.
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Found It!

It is directly under the sink in the bathroom, behind what I did not even realize is an access panel!

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On a side note, does anyone have a digital copy of the owner's manual for this model? The Forest River website doesn't go back to 2011.

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Amy, FR usually doesn't produce a make/model specific owners manual for their travel trailers.

Instead they just kind of make a generic manual that covers operations of the appliances and other things that are most likely shared amongst all their trailers.

Can I ask if this is your first travel trailer? If so, I will provide you with a list of helpful posts that explains a lot of the functions of your trailer.

EDIT: BTW, welcome to Forest River Forums. Your username caught my attention as my daughter did a mythology school thing on her back in high school.
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Can I ask if this is your first travel trailer? If so, I will provide you with a list of helpful posts that explains a lot of the functions of your trailer.
Thanks for the info. This is our first, so any help would be appreciated!
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Thanks for the info. This is our first, so any help would be appreciated!
Ok, then here you go:

The below is a copy and paste of useful information, and I usually recommend it to those just starting out. Some of it, you may already know, or may not be applicable to your particular RV. You will be able to filter out what pertains to your situation or not. I would suggest you read the electric threads and energy management first, and then the converter thread. This will help explain your different electrical systems of your RV, and how they operate...as well as what the converter does. The very first link will explain what operates off what system.

You can just peruse at your leisure as you get to know your RV:

Basic electric:

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Electric

Your very important converter:

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

Installing a dedicated 30 amp RV outlet at home (Make sure you understand it's 120 volts ONLY):

How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

12 volt DC:

12 Volt DC Circuit Breaker with Manual Reset

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

Suburban water heater (if applicable to your RV):

Suburban's electric switch and much more

Suburban Water Heater Video Guides

Water Heater bypass/crossover valves:

NO (OR LUKEWARM) HOT WATER -Please read first

And the newest additions to help understand what constitutes a true full cylinder in refilling vs exchanging propane cylinders... as well as how the automatic propane changeover regulator works:

Propane Cylinders (Refilling vs Exchanging)

Propane automatic changeover regulator

Inverters and residential refrigerators in RV's:

http://rveducation101.com/articles/rvinverters.pdf

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