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Old 10-05-2016, 11:54 AM   #1
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We have a brand new 2017 Salem 27RKSS. We are thrilled with it having spent our first three nights at our first camp site. While investigating what it will take to winterize the trailer, I have discovered that the by pass valve for the water heater is deep under and behind the cabinets in the rear kitchen. I can reach the top valve from under the sink but I don't have the arms of an orangutan to reach the bottom valve. How do the "pros" do it?
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:22 AM   #2
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My valves are right at the tank
I thought they were all like that. Sorry, I can't help.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #3
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We have a 29RKSS and it sounds like the water heater is in the same place.
I can access the winterization valves by removing the panel under the oven.
There are two screws holding it in.

See if yours is the same.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #4
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We have a brand new 2017 Salem 27RKSS. We are thrilled with it having spent our first three nights at our first camp site. While investigating what it will take to winterize the trailer, I have discovered that the by pass valve for the water heater is deep under and behind the cabinets in the rear kitchen. I can reach the top valve from under the sink but I don't have the arms of an orangutan to reach the bottom valve. How do the "pros" do it?
They have the arms of a Gibbon! (Google)

Seriously... many of these places are only accessible by removing drawers, panels and doors.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:48 AM   #5
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Yup, same as yours. I can get to the valve that way if that's how it's done. Though there might have been a better option. Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:49 PM   #6
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I have the same 27RKSS units. This was going to be a project for me this weekend. When I took a picture I only saw one valve so I appreciate you posting this on the forum. I will take a look at this tonight and post a response.

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Old 10-06-2016, 01:48 PM   #7
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On my 2016 Salem 27RKSS the valves are right behind the rear panel under the sink. Loosen the outboard panel screw, remove the inboard screw and rotate the panel towards the front. All three valves are visible. They're only 1/4 turn valves, so you don't have to reach and crank and crank on them.
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I pulled the panel under the stove as mentioned in a previous post. I took this picture thru the access panel. I would guess that It could be possible to see this thru the access panel on the right hand side of the sink.

Sorry about the picture. I can't figure out why it uploads this way.



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So it looks like we turn the white valve to redirect the water away from the heater, and close the black valve to keep water from going into the heater on the hot side?
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So it looks like we turn the white valve to redirect the water away from the heater, and close the black valve to keep water from going into the heater on the hot side?
You are correct. In this two valve configuration the white valve is a re-direct to route the supply cold water through the TT hot water lines, and the black valve prevents that flow from entering the hot water heater. If you are winterizing make sure the first thing you do is drain the hot water heater. If your TT is equipped with a Suburban water heater leave the anode rod, which is attached to the 1 1/16" drain plug, out during winter storage. Plug the drain hole with a 3/4" PVC pipe plug available from Home Depot or Lowes. This is a good time to inspect the anode for severe deterioration. Minor pitting of the rod is normal, but when big chunks of the rod are missing it may be time to get a new one. They're not that expensive. If the rod is satisfactory, dry it thoroughly, place in a plastic bag and tuck it inside the water heater door so as not to forget it when you de-winterize in the spring.
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