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Old 01-02-2019, 07:33 PM   #1
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Need Urgent Help Please (hot water)

We just purchased our Flagstaff 5th wheel and canít figure out how to get hot water. Weíre thinking there may be a hot water shut off valve that was turned off when the trailer was winterized. Please help!!!
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:40 PM   #2
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If you look behind your water heater there may be 2 or 3 valves. They are used to seal off the tank from when you winterize. If the tank is full of water and the HW heater is on this might be your issue.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:44 PM   #3
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Hot water bypass valves are usually behind the water heater. Look for an access panel near where you see the outside acess to the water heater. There are several set ups, including 1 (maybe), 2 and 3 valves, but once you find it:
1. Be sure water flows into the water heater
2. Water flows out of the water heater
3. No water bypasses the water heater

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Old 01-02-2019, 08:36 PM   #4
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You are looking for something like this. Note if you turned on the electric portion of you WH without water in it, you likely burned out the heating element as it only takes seconds.



You will want to change the position of each valve. Not the handle of the valve usually points in the direction of the water flow. Perpendicular to the PEX is off while Parallel to the PEX is on.
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Make sure the system is off and cooled down prior to opening those valves (if it's been closed and the water heater in the "on" position).

You don't want to dump a bunch of cold water into a hot water heater.
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cborn, it would help if you posted year and model of Flagstaff you have.
That way owners of the same model, can be more helpful.
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You also donít want to go turn on an empty hot water heater.
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We just purchased our Flagstaff 5th wheel and can’t figure out how to get hot water. We’re thinking there may be a hot water shut off valve that was turned off when the trailer was winterized. Please help!!!

This thread that we keep as a sticky at the top of the plumbing section may help:


NO (OR LUKEWARM) HOT WATER -Please read first


Also if you have tank type Suburban water heater, this thread may help too:


Suburban's electric switch and much more
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cborn, it would help if you posted year and model of Flagstaff you have.
That way owners of the same model, can be more helpful.


Itís a 2018 Flagstaff 526RLWS.
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Old 01-03-2019, 07:21 AM   #10
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I had the same issue when first purchased my Rockwood. Finally found the bypass and had water in the heater. However it burned up the the electric element but the dealer sent a tech to my house and repaired. The bypass should have been open when the sold.
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