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Old 06-02-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Girard water heater problem

I have a Girard Tankless WH.. I wish I didn't. I really wanted to like this. It seems like a good idea. I have read the manual over and over.. talked with Girard reps via email and phone. I have tried every way I can think of to use the WH. Auto, Low.. etc etc. It seems I either have cold water and freeze (in the shower).. or I its very, very hot. I like to think I am fairly intelligent.. I am an adult.. and I almost suffered 3rd degree burns from the erratic operation of the Girard HWH. I can't imagine parents letting their children shower with this HWH in the RV.

If I am missing something.. please let me know. I want to like this HWH.. I really do.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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I have a Girard Tankless WH.. I wish I didn't. I really wanted to like this. It seems like a good idea. I have read the manual over and over.. talked with Girard reps via email and phone. I have tried every way I can think of to use the WH. Auto, Low.. etc etc. It seems I either have cold water and freeze (in the shower).. or I its very, very hot. I like to think I am fairly intelligent.. I am an adult.. and I almost suffered 3rd degree burns from the erratic operation of the Girard HWH. I can't imagine parents letting their children shower with this HWH in the RV.

If I am missing something.. please let me know. I want to like this HWH.. I really do.
Do you have a factory installed unit? I have heard of issues with tankless WH if the water flow is insufficient. You might want to check that route.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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Do you have a factory installed unit? I have heard of issues with tankless WH if the water flow is insufficient. You might want to check that route.
I am not sure if its factory installed or not.. I bought the 2010 WILDWOOD early this year (2012). I think you may be right about water pressure. If thats it.. I am screwed.. Water pressure varies at so many campgrounds.. More times than not.. its low. Is there any way to make this work.. with low water pressure?

When I open the HW tap.. all the way.. its too hot. I back it off some (waiting for water to reach the faucet).. it gets a bit cooler.. then heats up again. Doesn't seem to matter whether I am running it wide open or just barely open.. water is HOT, HOT, HOT! or very cold.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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If I have to always worry about the incoming water temp/pressure.. use or not use a water restrictor, remove or re-install the adjustment dial in the oxygenics shower head. Decide which mode should the water heater be in (low or auto).. and run a bunch of water trying to adjust the temp.. and feel scalding or ice cold water on my back a few times, every shower.. it kinda cancels out the convenience of "never ending hot water".

Seems like this WH needs to be worked on or adjusted for every camping trip. Funny thing.. I have done that on 3 different trips.. and it has never worked right.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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If my friends get burned this weekend this thing is coming out. I'm done messing around with water flows, switches etc. Girard missed the boat by not letting the end user select the output temp and having it regulate the flame to maintain that set temp. Raise your hand if you like getting hit with 125 degree water temp in the shower...with the hot water valve WIDE OPEN.

Like you we cannot control the water pressure at a campground. We end up wasting a lot of water trying to get a temp set. A couple of weeks ago we ran out of water for the first time ever on a weekend trip with just DW and I. In our previous two rigs we always came back with half tank of fresh water when we had to pack it in. Not cool...

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Please note that the original poster has neither a Wildcat product or a factory installed unit. Both of these factors make it very difficult to say what is causing the problem...
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A couple of weeks ago we ran out of water for the first time ever on a weekend trip with just DW and I. In our previous two rigs we always came back with half tank of fresh water when we had to pack it in. Not cool...
Please send me a private message with your contact info and VIN# so I can have some one follow up with you.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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buy.. you WILDCAT owners.. sure are rude to travel trailer owners.. I wonder how FOREST RIVER would feel about that. They do sell a few travel trailers too.
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Have you tried using the WH with water from your fresh water holding tank? Just an idea that if water pressure is low the water from the pump might be higher. If needed you could keep filling up the fresh tank. I know this could be a PITA but is prevents burns while showering it would be worth the extra trouble.
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