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Old 11-04-2014, 10:14 PM   #11
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To my knowledge I saw Wildcat is installing the hot water heater bypass valve on the outside water hook up panel. They also put the antifreeze suction hose on the same outside panel. This is something Pete Leigl wanted to see on the Wildcat.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:22 PM   #12
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Is that a trick question.............
No!
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:28 PM   #13
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In that case they put the valves in the most inconvenient place they can with the hope that the buyer will be to old or incapacitated to do the work and will take it to a dealer who will charge three or four times the cost thus increasing the trickle down.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:29 PM   #14
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Hey elind what about that "Cold" water-heater bypass valve?
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:18 AM   #15
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I don't know if the by-pass valve piping in the unit mentioned by the OP could be modified for convenience, but many things like this can be improved. I would think in the interest of longer pipe runs; less antifreeze and simplicity they would have to be near the HWH???

My XLR 29HFS had several poorly planned or poorly executed examples including the fresh tank drain. It wasn't as difficult to get to as some mentioned here, but the factory with a piece of 1/2" PEX and a couple of fittings dropped it straight down from the drain hole; actually unnecessarily close to the ground. I replaced the pipe; routing it to the outside, which is easily reached.

I would say most if not all the poorly placed drains could be easily extended to one side or the other without running them uphill.

Getting to fix and upgrade is the fun part of RVing... don't you think?

I will say that many small things on my XLR were done right and are convenient, of course, only the things that are not, draws one's scrutiny.

If the supervisors at the factory were doing their jobs, these small problems that we bring to this forum, would all but be eliminated. Because, I doubt that the fine detail of the build are laid out exactly for the assembler.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:41 AM   #16
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It didnt seem that inconvenient when I installed them there,

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The guy who installed it into the camper when there were no walls in place...
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It is no different than any other product it's done for space savings and cost. If the engineering departments worked on any product in the field I believe they would make changes.
On our 2604WS, the WH, water pump, water filter are all located in a service bay accessible from the outside of the trailer. (Actually, it is the left side of the front pass-through storage. The storage compartment is divided into 1/3rd - 2/3rds with the plumbing in the smaller area.)
It's nice to be able to stand outside in one place and do all the winterizing procedure. Very smart design.
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