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Old 09-16-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Question Newbie here!

I just registered last night. Just wanted you all to know we own a 27BHBS
Salem we bought last year. I would like to ask any of you that own this model to let me know something. We were new to camping and rv's, so the only regret I have is we have three inside cable hookups for tvs and no outside hookup for cable, another thing I regret is we have to go outside to light the water heater which is only gas. Is there a way to add an inside thing to light the gas water heater? I really like our camper but wish I would have been alert to these issues, especially the water heater.
Even the people were we bought the rv couldn't beleive it didn't have the cable hookup outside. I guess it's our own fault for not looking into moreso.
Thanks for your input.....and nice to meet you all!

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Old 09-16-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to FRF! I am sure someone can help you with your problem.

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Old 09-24-2008, 12:15 AM   #3
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What year is your rig? I hate to say this, but...are you sure there is no cable-In on the super-slide side, near the rear? you look at the kitchen sink, what is under the info panel (tank levels/battery/etc)? Is there a water pump and/or water heater switch there?

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Old 09-24-2008, 04:56 AM   #4
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Welcome to FRF, If you have more question by all means ask away. Nice people and alot of info here.

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Old 09-24-2008, 09:37 PM   #5
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If you have cable inside...I bet there is a hookup somewhere. I suppose it's possible it was omitted for some reason? Nah. If there isn't one, it shouldn't be too hard to add one yourself.

How old is this unit??? New units usually come with the same type water heaters. DSI electric/gas are pretty much the norm these days. (6 or 10 gallon)
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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Outside, behind the water heater access panel, there is a rocker switch in there that might be switched off. Also, be sure the breaker in the converter box isn't tripped, or turned off. There should also be a rocker switch on the interior wall somewhere, usually near the holding tank indicators and thermostat controls. That switch only needs to be on for 12v (battery) operation. Hope this helps! Randy
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:16 PM   #7
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We just got our 27 BHBS model last year it is an '07 model, that is what bothers me. I checked the panel at the sink but there is no place there that would be a gas igniter all the other panel for the water panel and gallery, is there. And the water pump.
Thanks so much for all of your help. I felt like calling Forest River to ask why this model came that way. I just wish I knew others that had this same model to compare theirs with mine.
There is someone I thought on here that has about the same model, really like to ask them. IF anyone can help me there on who it is I'd appreciate it.
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:56 PM   #8
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If your hot water heater is not a DSI, it will have a pilot light control on the front of the heater. You would have to open the outside door to the hot water heater and then you should see the control with off/on/pilot knob and a thermocouple to light with a lighter. A few years back this was pretty standard and then the DSA became an option, which today is pretty well standard, even though it may be listed as an option.
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we have a 2008 LE 29bhbs. i dont see outside cable outlets, it has several inside. only outsidecable is the input source.

ours is dsi and has the igniter on/off below sink on front. it also has a breaker outside within the water heater housing.

i have a hybrid that has a manual water heater, the pilot has to be rotated and a manual lighting of the burner tube, this sounds like what you may have.

sorry , i dont know what can be modified, hopefully a dealer or FR can help.

heres one FR tele number: 5745332165--give him your VIN , year , and model

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:39 PM   #10
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Hello Welcome to the campfire!!

Last year we bought our 2007 Salem LA 272BHSS. I seen your post and then started going though my paper work, I found the 2007 Salem brochure and it list that the standard package has a 6 gal. LP Water Heater (you have to light from outside) and a TV Antenna with Booster, which is what all your TV hook-ups run off of.

It shows the 6 gal. Gas/Electric DSI Water Heater and the Cable TV hook-up as Options. Your unit must not have these options, but I think the dealer could up grade your unit for you.............and I am sure it wont be cheap.

Good luck and happy camping!!

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