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Old 08-14-2016, 09:17 PM   #11
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As was stated earlier, the hot water valve will not prevent from getting water, but will prevent you from getting hot water. Some water will still get through to the hot water tank, but with the middle valve in the open position cold will mix with hot and thus feels like you are getting very little hot water.

I agree with RSchleder...given the dealer still had you in winterize mode i would not be surprised if the valve by the pump to suck water from tank vs RV antifreeze jug is likely in the wrong position, which is not allowing you to draw from the tank...first thing you need to do is let us know if you are getting any water at all, from any source with the pump...the water heater valve will not prevent you from getting any water.

But again...your husband is correct..., the water heater needs to be full prior to operation, or you risk burniong out the element.

BTW...there many dealers just like yours, hard to imagine but the industry is riddled with them.

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Old 08-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #12
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This is Kev now. Got it! Center valve was in the open position and it needed to be closed. The "short tube" was also in the open position. Took the cap off and could tell it was drawing air. That is how I knew to close it. Then I thought - wow this forum is awesome! Water is flowing from shower and both sinks! Thank you all so much!!

p.s. not one person at the dealership knows anything.

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Old 08-14-2016, 09:26 PM   #13
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"But again...your husband is correct..."

All is right in his world now.

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Old 08-14-2016, 10:06 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by KevandSyl View Post
the tank is almost full - he is back out there again with hopes that the winterization valve is the culprit. He is thinking that the hot water tank needs to be filled prior to operation.

How can people that sell RV's actually know so little. I don't understand that.
By the way, yes, unless the water heater is intentionally bypassed, the heater tank needs to be filled. That will take the first 6 gals. (if that's your capacity) when you hook up to city water for the first time in the year, or when you first fill your FW tank after de-winterizing or after otherwise draining the hot water tank, such as to clean it out.

If first filling the water system (such as in the spring, or after cleaning the water out) with the FW tank and pump rather than city water, you will hear the pump run for a while filling up the lines and the hot water tank.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:35 PM   #15
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Outstanding!!!!! As important as it is for us to offer suggestions, it's a "tip of the hat" to YOU for listening and being willing to try different things until "you got it" Congratulations!!

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