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Old 04-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #31
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Forgive me, but what am I looking for? Where on the FW tank is the vent tubing? Is there an an open end to the vent tube?

Sorry, this IS my first rodeo.

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The screened hole on the left is the vent. Gary says that it makes a noise (whistling?) as the air moves out of it. The vent hole is pretty small and can't keep up if the water goes in too quickly and that is when you can get a water rush back at you.



You can see where the tubing bends and I imagine that is where backpacker3 had the kink. The ribbed hose is the water inlet, clear tubing is the vent and the cross hatch tube is the city water inlet hose. Of course the copper tubing is the gas line.



This is where the vent tube goes into/out of the holding tank.


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Old 04-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #32
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Guilty

Be safe out there!
Eh, no worries. We are all so ready to get the camping season started and also excited to answer questions from loganmartin, who is not new to camping, but is new to Aframes!

btw, Here is a pic of the drain adapter with the little cap to prevent insects from building nests in it. Gary puts our cap in the shower door for safe keeping while the drain is in use.



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Old 04-05-2012, 08:36 AM   #33
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wow! thanks Deb for pics of those lines. Pics really do help. I'm going to get to crawling here today and check it out. Thanks again

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Old 04-05-2012, 08:47 AM   #34
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yes! first you need to open the relief valve at the top of hw heater then turn pump on and let the hw heater fill while your filling fw tank .
then when water spits out the top of the hw heater then you can close it .
what I do next is go around and open faucets on the hw side and bleed out the air .
Ok thanks Ron. I will try this. My tech at the walk through said I didn't need to fool with the relief valve which didn't make sense to me at the time. I just figured the valve automatically worked on it's own. It would have been helpful to know there was a seperate process for filling the hw heater. I'm assuming that all rv fw/wh systems function the same and require this process you explained?

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:17 AM   #35
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I just figured the valve automatically worked on it's own.
Logan, using the relief valve is not a requirement. The HW heater will fill on its own provided you do not turn it on!; open the winterizing valves; close the bypass valve; and open a hot water tap.

However, using it will fill the tank faster; ensures the tank is full before you fire up the heat; checks that the valve has not corroded closed; and seats again, sealing the port.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:51 AM   #36
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Logan, using the relief valve is not a requirement. The HW heater will fill on its own provided you do not turn it on!; open the winterizing valves; close the bypass valve; and open a hot water tap.

However, using it will fill the tank faster; ensures the tank is full before you fire up the heat; checks that the valve has not corroded closed; and seats again, sealing the port.
Ok...there is that common theme popping up again of "there's more than one way to skin a cat" with these systems. Since I have no water level indicators, I am probably better off using the pressure valve when filling so that I have tangible evidence that it is filled rather than just assuming it is filled.

Thanks again everyone. I am looking forward to the day I can take the training wheels off.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #37
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Ok...there is that common theme popping up again of "there's more than one way to skin a cat" with these systems. Since I have no water level indicators, I am probably better off using the pressure valve when filling so that I have tangible evidence that it is filled rather than just assuming it is filled.

Thanks again everyone. I am looking forward to the day I can take the training wheels off.
Yes the whole skin the cat deal!
I have used the pressured relief valve method for over 10
years and it works for me so I'm happy!
have fun man that's all that counts!
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ok ... thanks for those pics .. they are great ..
But am I the only one that is noticing a flaw here? Should not the air vent be way towards the top of the tank??? that way bleeding the tank of unwanted air, instead of pushing water up the air tube?

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The perspective is a bit funny, but that port is at the top of the tank; just mounted on the side. I assume the logic is that if they mounted the vent on the top and you hit a hard bump; it could break off.
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ok .. i see that now... thx for clearing that up.

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