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Old 11-14-2012, 10:18 AM   #11
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About the water heater; first make sure it is full of water. Assuming it is a manually lit heater, make sure you turn the knob to "Pilot" and then hold the knob in while you light the pilot. If you can light the pilot, you have to continue to hold the knob in for about 30 seconds or the pilot will go out again. You might have air in the line so you could repeat this procedure several times.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #12
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ok I will try it out.
Yes there is water in the lines- made sure of that first. Maybe it just needs to get prepped for a bit.
The cover on the hot water tank says SW6p When i researched it says gas only pilot.
Inside the rv on the wall it has a Water heater switch that says heat with a rest light. However the rv was a salvage so i am thinking they maybe replaced the original with this one and so the light/switch is not connected?? There is three wires capped off but not sure what for.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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There is three wires capped off but not sure what for.
The 3, capped lines are for an electric element for the water heater (white/black/green) which as you say, must have been for a previous WH.

Hope you tried to light the pilot? The instructions to light it are there on the front panel.

If you have access to compressed air, it would be good to gently blow out the burner tube/orifice before lighting the pilot.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:45 AM   #14
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Trying right now says to turn to off and wait 5 min so i have had a couple rounds. Not smelling/hearing anything through the lines yet. and noot catching a light. last time I had a faint smell so maybe it will slowly get there. I'll check back in a few. No canned air.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:58 AM   #15
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I had a wildwood LE, If I remember right they did not have a switch at the hot water heater like now. If you got your propane you still could have air in your line even if the stove lights. Keep cycling the hot water heater switch on and off with a couple mins. in between on the panel, it should clear the air after about 6x's if you do not have a standing pilot. If your water is not heating up on electric you might have burned up the electrical element, but that will not come into play on propane. Also check your resets as was mentioned above. If I remember right I did have a standing pilot that I had to lite by hand with a standard valve that says pilot push it down and try to lite it once it lites turn the red knob to on.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:09 PM   #16
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My name is Kimberly and i am a true moron!!! All this time and saw a utube video to light it! We were trying to light the wrong area. We now have hot water!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you to everyone!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #17
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Glad you have hot water!

None of us are morons - we all learn a lot from each other. You will find that many of us, in all levels of experience and expertise, will follow your posts hoping to learn something. Hot water is just grand, and I am glad you have it! Also, follow-up is important, so thanks for letting us know.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #18
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Kimberly, congratulations on your success! We new Rvers all learn by our mistakes. In this forum we also learn from the problems others are having. You will never forget now how to light the WH.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #19
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Woo-hoo!!!

You're not a moron, and actually are very capable. I am impressed with your eagerness to learn. I bet you have learned all kind of new things (even if you didn't want to) about your camper. I'm sure your husband appreciates it.

Knowledge is always key, and you are now more knowledgeable. I've always thought it was best to know "why" things are designed to do a function...which helps in figuring out to fix it.

Hopefully, I didn't bore or confuse you, which is why I was trying to take it step by step in the pm's.

These forums are a great place and full of friendly people who sincerely try to help others. Always feel free to ask any/all questions.

The only dumb question, is the one not asked.

You have my email, so feel free to ask me anything if you need. Can't promise I will have the answer, but I'll try to figure it out with you.

Once again, welcome to the Forest River family.

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If you are running the furnace on propane the 30# tank will last between 5 and 7 days. It is more economical to heat the trailer with electric heaters. Living in a TT is a learning experience that some of us have conquered and some of us are still learning through our own mistakes. Glad to hear you have the water heater problem solved. Now you know how to light it you will not have the same problem again.
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