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Old 01-16-2011, 11:34 AM   #11
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Now remember, you probaly have the combination gas/electric water heater. If so you hit the switch you talked about inside, (By the way, the light on ours comes on for a while then goes off) that is the gas side.
On the outside at the water heater panel there is a small switch at the bottom left almost behind a pipe or line, push it to on. You now have gas and electric hot water!
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:42 AM   #12
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The light comes on when the gas side of the heater is trying to light. Once it lights, the light will turn off. Initially it will try to light 3 times, then you'll need to reset. It could take a few attempts to get all the air out of the line.
If you have used the electric side to heat your water and if some some reason you want to change to the gas side, the light will not come on due to the fact that the water in the tank is already hot so there is no need for the gas side to light.
Had that happen to me a couple of times. Thought I had a problem until a fellow FRF member posted what was happening.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:23 PM   #13
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Help me out here...when you have the gas side and the water side both on...doesn't both work as you use the hot water?
Is that right or wrong?
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:49 PM   #14
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Yes they both work at the sametime. It help heat the water faster. When taking a shower you might get an extra gal. of water before the water goes cold.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:59 PM   #15
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Well now I have learned few things today
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:02 PM   #16
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As far as the switch go's, when you flip it on it will light up until the ignighter lights the the tube feeding the gas to heat the tank, afterwards it go's out, it does'nt light up again unless there is a problen with the ignighter, it will contiue to to kick on automatically as you use the hot water and the tank fills with cold water,just like at home, remember to turn the swich off before you travel.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:34 PM   #17
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And always, always make sure the water heater tank is full before turning on gas or electic!
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #18
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Thanks to grhodes50, my hot water issue is solved. Everyone here is so helpfull. Your all just wonderful !!!! Bypass valve was open..
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:25 AM   #19
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Your welcome.
I've learned a lot on this forum. Sharing info and helping others is what it's all about. The sooner you understand your RV and are able to troubleshoot and make repairs on your own, the better off you'll be.
With the cost of these things you would think that everything would be in top order when you receive a new one, but in reality they're not. That's a whole other debatable subject. So we need to learn how to deal with the minor issues ourselves.
Even though things are covered under warranty, depending on your dealer, the minor issues can turn into major headaches trying to get them fixed. Also they can be time consuming. Until things change for the better, which I don't see happening, it's just easier to take care of them yourself whenever you can.
I'm glad to have been able to help you. If you have any other issues, big or small, post 'em on here. Someone will be able to help.

Good luck and happy camping!
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