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Old 08-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #11
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Most major holidays are usually packed with campers. Might be worth checking to see how it looks for your trip although it might open up a day or two after Labor Day.


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Old 08-13-2012, 11:09 PM   #12
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Check the water heater !! :-) !!

One thing that I had trouble with: I got to my first campsite with our new trailer, got all set up and wanted to take a hot shower (one of the BIG reasons we got our trailer). I had turned on the water heater switch like the guy showed us at the dealership-the little "fault" light went on and then off just like he said it would, so I'm thinking I should have hot water in a little while. I checked to make sure I had water coming out of all the hot water sides of the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and the hot side of the shower. I let it run until no more air, and it was running solid water. 15-20 minutes later - no hot water
I checked the water heater, pushed the 2 reset buttons for the electric..the flame ignited, and I figured I'm good, right? 10 minutes later..still not even warm. Checked the water heater again - no flame, reset buttons won't reset. Just out of curiosity, I pull the TP (temperature/pressure) blow off lever to see if maybe there was an air pocket that was "fooling" the thermostat - all I got was a tiny 'pfffft' of air and then nothing. Huh, I'm thinking to myself "how come there's no water in the water heater? I've got water everywhere else.." Then I remembered reading stuff on this forum about 'bypassing the water heater'... so I look for all the valves I can find from the city water connection on in..they're all open..that I can see..but I haven't actually seen the water heater connections. They didn't mention that in the walk thru, but then they didn't tell me where the water filter housing was either - I found that just inside the storage compartment behind a small panel held on by 5 screws. So I start trying to figure out where the water heater is on the inside..there's a cabinet door in the kitchen lower cabinet with 3 hinges on it..Makita screw gun and it's open...and there is the back of the water heater, along with 3 valves: hot supply, cold supply, and the bypass valve in between. Hot and Cold were turned OFF, and the bypass was OPEN: My water heater was in bypass mode This explains everything. Open the supplies, close the bypass, run some faucets, go back outside and pull the T&P valve and "burp" the water heater, and voila! I'm in business
I really wish the dealer prep/walk thru guy had checked/showed me this. I did realize after unscrewing the cabinet door, that if I pulled the drawer above it all the way out and off of it's guides, that I could reach in and get to those valves w/o having to use tools, so it'll be easier next time I want to access the bypass valves. ;-)
Here's hoping you have lots of hot water and lots of fun on your trip.

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Old 08-14-2012, 04:05 AM   #13
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Definitely suggest reservations if you can get them in Yellowstone during Labor day. Most have to book 6 mos. in advance. We are heading up to Montana in Sept and plan to stay along the Hoback on the way. Fishing, golf and camping out of the heat. Maybe catch some sage chicken hunting on the way back. Keep an eye out for more Pointy noses!

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #14
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On our second trip to a Provincial Park, found out the furnace didn't work. Had to take it to Recreational world in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They had to replace the circuit, over $500 which we had to pay up front until the warranty cheque comes in. Purchased the WJ in Minnesota and being Canadian it was much closer to Thunder Bay. We love the WJ.
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