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Old 09-23-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Water Heater trouble 06 Wildcat

I have a 2006 Wildcat 5th wheeler. It has the Suburban SW6 water heater. It doesn't seem to want to get hot on either gas or electric. What would be a common part to both methods of heating? If you suggest the thermostat, where is it located? The water seems to get warm but not by much. Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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I have a 2006 Wildcat 5th wheeler. It has the Suburban SW6 water heater. It doesn't seem to want to get hot on either gas or electric. What would be a common part to both methods of heating? If you suggest the thermostat, where is it located? The water seems to get warm but not by much. Thanks for your help!
Sounds like you may still have your hot water bypass valves in the winter position (this is very common).

Here are some pics and locations of the valves in this forum:

Bypass valve for water heater

Have you ever opened the relief valve on the heater to see if the water inside is hot. Be careful and don't burn yourself in checking this.
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The valves are open. As a matter of fact, it stopped working during a camping trip. Thanks for the suggestion.
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The valves are open. As a matter of fact, it stopped working during a camping trip. Thanks for the suggestion.
How many valves behind the water heater do you have?

If three valves, you want the hot and cold lines open, with the bypass line (the line that connects the hot and cold lines together) to be closed.

Another culprit can sometimes be the outdoor shower valves are turned on (but the head itself is turned off), which also lets the hot and cold lines mix together. Have you checked them?
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Excellent possibility. I will check it tomorrow. This would account for the suddeness of the problem. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Solved it

This did solve my problem. Camped this weekend and it worked perfectly!! Tahnks to all
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This did solve my problem. Camped this weekend and it worked perfectly!! Tahnks to all
Glad that got you took care of. Herk7769/Lou deserves all the credit for that solution, as that's who taught me about the outdoor shower valves..
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