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Old 07-12-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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Water heater won't fill

We just bought a brand new 2015 forest river 281qbxl. I am not Rv expert but this doesn't seem right. It is hooked to city water and the water heater doesn't fill with water. However I do get water out the hot side of the kitchen sink and and tub. The bathroom sink has a trickle from hot and cold( I'm sure this is an unrelated issue). I can't find any switch or shut off valves to fill the water heater. I know it's empty because the anode was left out by the dealer we bought it from. Any kind of help anyone can give is appropriated. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Look near the water heater (mines under the kitchen sink) for winterizing valves. Probably the fill to the heater is shut off
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:55 PM   #3
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Open the pressure relief valve.



Run the water till it flows out, this is the best way to make sure the tank is full.
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Sounds like the dealer winterized it and never returned it to service. Remove the panel behind the water heater ( inside RV) .The WH bypass valve is probably still in bypass vs service mode. Cold in and hot out should be in pass thru mode ( handle in line with pex tubing).bypass valve between H and C should be off perpendicular to pex tubing.
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My water heater is located in the rear with an external service panel. There is no other access. It is under the bottom bunk which has plywood screwed shut( with square head screws). The manual says to drain the tank for winter by removing the anode rod which seems like what they did. I have had the city water hooked up and not a drop is in the water tank. But I can't find any bypass valves. I am a automotive technician so I have a good basic mechanical base. I crawled all under the trailer and not a valve in site.
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Get a #2 square bit drive and pull the screws out.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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try turning on the hot water at a faucet see if any water comes out. if you have water coming out there has to be a connection between the cold and hot like a bypass or such.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:50 AM   #8
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somewhere you can access your valves through a panel or access plug to be able to turn the valves to "summer mode"....here is what you would normally look for....(shown in winterized position) turn all valve 1/4 turn
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Get a #2 square bit drive and pull the screws out.

Right on!!!! Next move the valves as described in the above picture.
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Right on!!!! Next move the valves as described in the above picture.
That IMG shows how the valves may be now, to fill the tank they will need to be just the opposite.
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