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Old 04-18-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Where is the water heater bypass valve?

I just bought a 2014 Forest River Evo T2850. I'm new to camping and trying to dewinterize to get ready for our first trip this weekend. It wasn't winterized with antifreeze, previous owner just aired the lines out. I want to sanitize the fresh water system and found steps to do it, but can't find the water heater bypass valve. I found the anode rod outside which was removed for the winter. Also found a small hot and cold water low point drains outside, and a big fresh water low point drain valve. But can't find the water heater bypass. I can't see a way to access the water heater from inside. It appears to be under the stove.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:24 PM   #2
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Are there a couple of screws holding on a panel?

If so remove the screws an see if the valves are there.

Is the fridge next to the stove?

Panel under it?
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:24 PM   #3
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If panels underneath stove can not be removed, then remove the two drawers next to stove and see if you can access valves.....
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:28 PM   #4
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Looking at one online, it looks like it's below your stove. However, it doesn't look like there's direct access from there. You may have to open/remove the drawer(s) under the sink and get to it from the side.

The other access route may be to remove the furnace's return air return under the fridge and get to it from the other side. (You're furnace is under your fridge, BTW.)
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:31 PM   #5
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Yeah it does have screws in the panel under the stove. I'll try taking that off tonight to see if I can get to it. The fridge is just to the right of the stove, so no access there.
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Suggested approach, belly crawl, with lots of lumens and long arms will be a big bonus.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:11 PM   #7
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So I was able to get to it through the acess panel under the stove. Thanks for the help there!

Attached a pic to show the 3 valves, one hot, one cold, and one in between. Which valves do I open when doing dewinterizing and cleaning the fresh water system? And after its all cleaned out, which valves do I leave open to use the hot water heater all summer? Thanks again!
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it's perfect as shown. The cold supply is open, hot is open middle bypass is closed.
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I thought to clean out the fresh tank, lines, and water heater you had to close some valves though? When would you ever open the middle bypass?
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I thought to clean out the fresh tank, lines, and water heater you had to close some valves though? When would you ever open the middle bypass?
when you winterize.
you open the middle and close the other two, to bypass the WH.
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