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Old 05-25-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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I had my own SPUT this weekend.

So I took the Pop up out for the first time this season. I am not new to this but this time I forgot something rather simple.

All weekend I noticed that the hot water was not very hot at all. It was actually only lukewarm. I could hear the hot water heater kicking on an running. I opened the outside access door and it had a nice strong flame. It was just not getting very hot. I search all over for a thermostat setting. Could not find anything. It worked fine last year over Columbus day. I was mystified.

I was using the free CG internet and only had one hour a day. On the second day , I finally decided to do a search here to help out. And sure enough our good friends here had helped out another poster previously.

I forgot to shut off the by pass valve!!!!! It was mixing the cold with warm! I felt so stupid. When I de-winterized it, I opened up all the valves. I forgot that one must open the warm and cold valves but shut off the by pass valve.

I do not think I will make that mistake again. LOL.

So beware of the valve.

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Old 05-25-2015, 09:38 PM   #2
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Hey at least you had water in the hot water tank!
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It happens....... well, actually it happens frequently....well, Ok, it happens a heckuva lot.

You can always tell when camping season is getting kicked off in earnest each year by the #1 post subject here in the forums....... bypass valves (aka why isn't my water getting hot?)

We all get in the routine and forget things. I drove home from my last camping trip a few weeks ago...and forgot to plug the trailer umbilical cord to my TV. You would think that having no lights on the brake controller would have alerted a seasoned camping vet like myself to this omission....but I didn't even give it a glance either....so that's two SPUT's.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:59 PM   #4
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Confused about what a SPUT is so this is what I found

Wiktionary

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Noun[edit]
sput (plural sputs)

An annular reinforcement in a steam boiler, to strengthen a place where a hole is made.

Water heater????
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It happens....... well, actually it happens frequently....well, Ok, it happens a heckuva lot.

You can always tell when camping season is getting kicked off in earnest each year by the #1 post subject here in the forums....... bypass valves (aka why isn't my water getting hot?)

We all get in the routine and forget things. I drove home from my last camping trip a few weeks ago...and forgot to plug the trailer umbilical cord to my TV. You would think that having no lights on the brake controller would have alerted a seasoned camping vet like myself to this omission....but I didn't even give it a glance either....so that's two SPUT's.
Now Bobby you need to check your bare lights before pulling out every time. I don't think I want to admit to my stupid mistakes because that would mean I made a mistake and as all men know, we women are never wrong.... now on the other hand I could blame several on my DH.
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SPUT... stupid pop up trick.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:36 PM   #7
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My Brother in Law who owns a Fifth Wheel called the dealer out to move the bypass valve on his HW Heater last week. I have no idea why he doesn't know about this. This is third 5th wheel (same brand) and has had trailers for 25 years.

Takes all types even the Brother in Law with CRS ....
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All weekend I noticed that the hot water was not very hot at all. It was actually only lukewarm. I could hear the hot water heater kicking on an running. I opened the outside access door and it had a nice strong flame. It was just not getting very hot.

I forgot to shut off the by pass valve!!!!! It was mixing the cold with warm! I felt so stupid. When I de-winterized it, I opened up all the valves. I forgot that one must open the warm and cold valves but shut off the by pass valve.

I do not think I will make that mistake again. LOL.

So beware of the valve.

Vin.

Gee, I don't feel so bad now.

Same thing happened our first trip out this season too. Forgot to close the bypass valve due to the fact the heater duct sits atop it and I didn't see it at first glance. We had lukewarm water all weekend. My first thought was the Hot Water heater decided to kick the bucket. And Yep, just as you did, I went to the internet for help as well....and walah we have HOT WATER. ( sigh of relief ) YAY!
Yep, we won't try forgetting that again. It was definitely a head scratching moment.

It happens! LOL
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Hahahaha. Thanks guys. You all made me chuckle that I am no alone in these senior moments.
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