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Old 10-27-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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36DSX13 Water Heater Access

Trying to winterize my '19 36DSX13 for the first time and I can't find any access for the water heater to put it into bypass so I can flush the lines. The water heater is basically under the shower with no possible way to access the back of it, except removing the entire rear panel of the pass through. There is no other access panel that I can find.



On another note: Anybody know what is in the picture? Its turns like a valve but I have no idea what it is connected to.
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Old 10-27-2019, 06:53 PM   #2
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Jeeper44, if that is located under your ramp door Id say it is your spare tire release.
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:00 PM   #3
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Trying to winterize my '19 36DSX13 for the first time and I can't find any access for the water heater to put it into bypass so I can flush the lines. The water heater is basically under the shower with no possible way to access the back of it, except removing the entire rear panel of the pass through. There is no other access panel that I can find.



On another note: Anybody know what is in the picture? Its turns like a valve but I have no idea what it is connected to.
I suspect that T-shaft is how you open the opposite side slide-out manually - as in using a crank-like tool generally supplied with trailers.
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:09 AM   #4
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I suspect that T-shaft is how you open the opposite side slide-out manually - as in using a crank-like tool generally supplied with trailers.

Ah, I bet that's it. It is directly across from the slide and has the same type shaft as the manual crank for the landing gear.
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:25 AM   #5
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Agree w/ Mr. Dan. I was in the wrong spot.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:03 PM   #6
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Every trailer I’ve owned, I accessed the water heater and bypass valves by removing one of the front panels in the cabinets below the kitchen sink or next to it. Usually only held in place by two screws. And I had to crank that T-shaft before to bring in the slide out when the battery went dead and I couldn’t start the generator. It’s no fun.
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Did you figure this out? I have not pulled the pass-through wall. That was the only thing I could find as a possible way to access the heater. Not sure if there will be bypass on the tank once I get to it.
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Did you figure this out? I have not pulled the pass-through wall. That was the only thing I could find as a possible way to access the heater. Not sure if there will be bypass on the tank once I get to it.

No. I called Forest River on a Friday to ask their warranty/support person. He didn't know but assured me he would contact the factory and have an answer for my on the following Monday. After a week of still not hearing from him, I sent him an email reminding him. This was a couple weeks ago, and have yet to hear anything.
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:04 PM   #9
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Here is what we have behind the passthrough wallClick image for larger version

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Here is what we have behind the passthrough wall

That's what I've been looking for and what I was afraid of. Poor design by Forest River. I'll have to modify my pass-thru wall to add some type of access door. Actually looking at the photos it appears there's a lot of wasted space under there, so I might redsign the whole pass-thru to reclaim some of that.
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