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Old 06-15-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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pulled the 8316 out to ready for a trip next week. Filled up the water tanks after flushing anti freeze and sanitizing over night. I wanted to check the water heater. Pluged into electric and it does not seem to be heating well. I have not tried heating with gas as we only heat with electric @ campsites. What I am getting is a burst of hot water and than it's cool. Last year we had hot water quick and ample amounts. Could the element have gone bad over the winter.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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If you are getting a burst of hot water, and then goes cold, I would have to gamble that the bypass valve is still open. You need to close the valve that goes between the inlet and outlet lines.

If that valve was left open, you may not have gotten a good flush in the water heater, either.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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Try what myn guy said first. Then open your pressure release valve when cold then make sure air is out as well. Third make sure your water heater is hot enough which it should be.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:07 AM   #4
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We bought a Forest River 2005 Grand Surveyor trailer, we bought it used and did not get an owners manual. My only question is with the water heater. It seemed to work but now does not. We had an electric hookup, and tried to get it to run on gas also, yes there was gas in the tank as the stove lights up. Any pointers on the water heater? Sort of a novice on this. We tried the switch inside that was on and off and neither worked. Any advice would be great! Can post here or to gregory.hartwig@frontier.com

Even if you have an owners manual for the water heater etc.. Thanks!!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:09 AM   #5
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We also had tripped a breaker with the toaster and coffee maker on but we just flipped the breaker, it seemed after that is when it stopped working possibly.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:14 AM   #6
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Also if you guys could help answer this, where is the bypass valve or pressure release valve? Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:33 AM   #7
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I merged these threads as they are similar in nature by the same poster.

Here are some water heater manuals.

Also I agree you have an open bypass valve.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:50 AM   #8
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if this winterizing doc made it...on the relief is at the top. located on the tank from the outside access. it has a metal lever on it. one end is screw into the tank and the other is open ended.
the bypass valve is located where the water lines attach to the tank. on mine, i have to pull the cabinet drawers to see the back of the hw heater.
it sounds like u have a bypass open.
normal operation, the bypass would be closed and the cold inlet to the hw heater open. the outlet of the hw heater has a check valve in it (it is hard to see but it is there).
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:27 AM   #9
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Excellent article Jim. I was looking for photos of the valves but I did not have them to hand. Now I do!
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Excellent article Jim. I was looking for photos of the valves but I did not have them to hand. Now I do!
i was searching trying to find that one. didn't show the relief very well. the article wasn't mine...thought u were the originator.
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