Well today uncovered the PUP from it's winter parking spot in the back yard and moved it to it's normal parking spot. Took gas valve out and tested coils on valve and they tested out to be bad. Call a RV place down the street where I live and asked them if they have any coils in inventory in which they said all they have is a complete unit at a cost of around $160. Got some new ones from the local appliance distributor (1st Source Servall) which is 20 miles one way, that sells parts to all the service places around town, got home and realised that they are somewhat smaller then the original ones and one has three terminals. Not sure if they will work, but he good thing is that I can return them for full credit.
Now I think I have several options as I see it:
1. Try this one other RV parts place which is near where I got my new rig which is in the same general area where the other place is.
2. contact the RV place where I got my rig and see if they will help me even though the warranty period is expired and I don't have an extended as they are way to pricey.
3. Contact Forest River directly and see if they are of any help.
4. Same for Suburban
5. Same for the manufacturer of the gas valve.
6.Keep the valve that I have and do what I have been doing, buy a replacement locally as I don't want to get one from the internet because of various reasons.
Items 1 & 2 are 20 miles one way though.
Items 3 & 4 might be good choice as they may not of been aware of a defective product in the water heater.
Item 5 ???
As I'm writing this current post and I didn't mention in my previous post was that it struck me is that when we picked up this unit and when the cover was opened there was dust on the face of the water heater for a product that was just made even though the RV dealer had tested the water heater as there was still water from draining it. I just didn't mention it at the time.
For all the trouble with this valve I'm having and IMHO it all goes back to quality control on the part of the manufacturer of the valve.
Any other thoughts out there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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