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Old 03-24-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage - update

Just got settled into the RV park here near Hagerman, ID on the Snake river to try our new TT out for the first time. All is great with the following exceptions:

1) hot water heater (LP gas without electric boost) will only stay lit for
about five minutes then shuts off. Have tried it repeatedly. I have to
wait over an hour before it will even try to lite again. We had strong
winds and thought this was the culprit, but stood by it and blocked the
wind and it still only heats for about 5 minutes then shuts down. I have
to push the reset button each time. Called Coach Net and talked to
the tech and he said it may have a bad sail switch, whatever that is.
I'll drop the trailer off at the dealer in Boise on our way home. I'm
hoping they have to replace the water heater. If so, I'll request for an
upgraded one to be installed with the electric booster installed (of
course at my expense) Kinda bummed as we wanted to try out the
shower and the hot water! Both the furnace and stop work perfectly,
so I know there is plenty of LP gas in the tanks.

2) Like many have posted on new trailers the water drain pipes are so
loose the water leaks. Both the kitchen and the bathroom sink were
culprits. Good thing I checked. I'm going to open up the little access
door under the tub and see what that is doing. Sheesh, so loose just a
half of a hand turn tightened them up which prevented the leaks.

Any suggestions about the hot water heater would be appreciated. We will be here until Saturday afternoon and would like to take a warm shower
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:06 AM   #2
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Gary,

Was your water heater tank filled and tested during your PDI? If you had hot water then, then some fault likely in your electrical. I can't help there....back to the dealer is best for warranty work or replacement. Before you take it in, you can check there is water in your hot water tank by briefly opening the pressure relief valve. If no water flows out your bypass/crossover valves may be in the closed position. This may have been done for winterization before you bought your trailer. Something to check if your hot water delivery was not tested during the PDI.

In any event here is a good link with photos on setting the bypass/crossover valves correctly for winterizing and normal operation.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...st-103381.html

Good luck. Let us when you find out what the culprit was.

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Water leak at outdoor shower connections -

After getting the hot water functioning I thought all was well until I went to drain the fresh water tank. I turned the pump on (never did that before except just to see if it worked after filling the fresh water tank our first day at the RV park) and the outside shower began leaking on to the ground from inside the compartment.
I opened up the compartment and saw water running behind the compartment through the gap where the shower hose goes into the trailer. I only discovered this just before the fresh water tank had emptied. I emptied the fresh water tank through the outdoor shower buy just letting the shower head drain into the sewer drain. I didn't think much of it cause I quickly turned off the pump.
After we pulled up camp, we stopped just outside the RV park (on a slant towards the passenger side) to check things and when I opened the TT door, water was running from underneath the bath sink, bath tub, kitchen sink! Not tons, but about 3 little streams.
The water was from the leak of the outdoor shower which leaked behind the bath vanity sink! Luckily we had bath towels, wash clothes and hand towels just below the leaks and it soaked up tons of the water. It also ruined all of the toilet paper we had stored there too.
So strange, because it didn't leak there when the city water was on, only when the pump operated. I looked under the bath sink vanity and tightened all the connections (they were not even hand tightened nor were the sink drains). After tightening everything, no more leaks.
Sheesh, I thought I had tightened all the connections and drains. Moped up the water and everything seems fine. I feared the water would swell up some of the trim wood next to the floor, but so far so good.
I called the dealer and told them about it. I suggested that the people that inspect these new trailers tighten all the connections and drains. I had thought they would have checked them when they winterized everything. I noticed the colored antifreeze under the kitchen sink drain, and had to tighten it to stop it from leaking.
I had heard of this many times here on the forum and I meant to check all of the hose connections and drains. The service department just said that after a trailer travels things loosen up. We had only pulled the trailer about 3 hours total! Anyway, I'm so glad this was the problem and not something worse and apparently no damage.
So, if any of you have a new unit, please check every faucet, drain, hose connection throughout the unit cause they probably are not tight and will cause a similar leak. I'm so glad that it didn't leak worse. Just wanted the forum readers to know.
Other wise wife and I are very pleased with our new unit. I have enjoyed tinkering and makin it home away from home.
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After getting the hot water functioning I thought all was well until I went to drain the fresh water tank. I turned the pump on (never did that before except just to see if it worked after filling the fresh water tank our first day at the RV park) and the outside shower began leaking on to the ground from inside the compartment.
I opened up the compartment and saw water running behind the compartment through the gap where the shower hose goes into the trailer. I only discovered this just before the fresh water tank had emptied. I emptied the fresh water tank through the outdoor shower buy just letting the shower head drain into the sewer drain. I didn't think much of it cause I quickly turned off the pump.
After we pulled up camp, we stopped just outside the RV park (on a slant towards the passenger side) to check things and when I opened the TT door, water was running from underneath the bath sink, bath tub, kitchen sink! Not tons, but about 3 little streams.
The water was from the leak of the outdoor shower which leaked behind the bath vanity sink! Luckily we had bath towels, wash clothes and hand towels just below the leaks and it soaked up tons of the water. It also ruined all of the toilet paper we had stored there too.
So strange, because it didn't leak there when the city water was on, only when the pump operated. I looked under the bath sink vanity and tightened all the connections (they were not even hand tightened nor were the sink drains). After tightening everything, no more leaks.
Sheesh, I thought I had tightened all the connections and drains. Moped up the water and everything seems fine. I feared the water would swell up some of the trim wood next to the floor, but so far so good.
I called the dealer and told them about it. I suggested that the people that inspect these new trailers tighten all the connections and drains. I had thought they would have checked them when they winterized everything. I noticed the colored antifreeze under the kitchen sink drain, and had to tighten it to stop it from leaking.
I had heard of this many times here on the forum and I meant to check all of the hose connections and drains. The service department just said that after a trailer travels things loosen up. We had only pulled the trailer about 3 hours total! Anyway, I'm so glad this was the problem and not something worse and apparently no damage.
So, if any of you have a new unit, please check every faucet, drain, hose connection throughout the unit cause they probably are not tight and will cause a similar leak. I'm so glad that it didn't leak worse. Just wanted the forum readers to know.
Other wise wife and I are very pleased with our new unit. I have enjoyed tinkering and makin it home away from home.
Wow, glad to hear you had no water damage. A short trip to an RV Park a few nights for the first trips out is a good way to test all systems before taking a longer journey.. That's what we are doing. Will for sure check all my water connections on our next trip on Monday. It will be our third 100 mile trip in our new trailer to an RV Park. We have a 2K mile trip in May and want to be sure our trailer makes it, especially with no water leaks.

How did you get your water heater working. Were you able to get a heated shower during your stay?

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Yes, the bypass valve was open! Only got warm water because it mixed with the cold. I had to call the dealer to find out where the valves were! I guess I should have know, because I knew where the hot water heater was, under our bed! It worked well and enjoyed a nice hot shower. Lots to learn with these rigs, this being my 4th!
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Here's a few pics of our 2 nite stay at 1000 Springs RV park near Hagerman, ID
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Good grief, what an experience. Glad you were able to find it and clean up quickly to avoid more damage!
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Nice pics.....and your trailer too.
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I think our first camping trips,,, should be in our own back yard !!!
LOL !!!

Nice Photos !!! Are you able to pull that TT with that car ???
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Very nice photos!

This is why we should all check every connection before hand, my experience wasn't as bad as yours but we had water leaking from the shower, unfortunately this is a very common problem and not just forest river. My friends keystone was leaking from shower and under sink in kitchen.
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