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Old 04-06-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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no hot water apex 288bhs

Took delivery of camper today. Drove to campground and everything has went well till now. Trying to locate this bypass valve on the apex 288bhs. Been through the cabinets and the outside compartments. Any one got any ideas
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:42 AM   #2
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Took delivery of camper today. Drove to campground and everything has went well till now. Trying to locate this bypass valve on the apex 288bhs. Been through the cabinets and the outside compartments. Any one got any ideas
Bryan, when you say you have no hot water, are you using propane or electric (if equipped) to heat the water first? We need to check the basic things first off, so bear with me.

Here is a link that may help you turn on your water heater if it's not already.... if you have a Suburban brand water heater with a Direct Spark Ignitor (DSI) which are very common:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tml#post327989

The water heater bypass valves 'should' be located on the backside of the water heater itself. Find your outside access panel to the water heater to see where the heater is located, then go inside the trailer and find an inside way to access the back of the water heater. The inside access on my particular trailer is thru a cabinet door beside the fridge, that you must first remove two square head screws to be able to open the hinged door. It's a pain in the you know what.

Your outside access panel will look similar to this: You'll flip out the plastic latch near the top and turn it till it lines up with the cut-out slot to be able open the panel.



If this is your trailer below, it appears your water heater is located under the rear beds. Just guessing, you may have to raise a bed/mattress, or possibly there is access to the water heater thru the outside storage compartment door next to the water heater, which I pointed out the water heater access panel with the red arrow in the attached pic.

Maybe an owner of this model of trailer will chime in.

You dealer 'should' have put the valves in the correct position before you left, but that may not be the case.

BTW: I really like those windows on your trailer
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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So ended up going to lowes to get a square type drill head to pull up 12 screws out of the base for the bottom bunk to access the back of the water heater. 3 valves just staring at me and laughing. This was one part of the PDI that didnt happen.

Now just need to get this hitch issue fixed. Swaying like crazy and high in the front on tv.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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So ended up going to lowes to get a square type drill head to pull up 12 screws out of the base for the bottom bunk to access the back of the water heater. 3 valves just staring at me and laughing. This was one part of the PDI that didnt happen.

Now just need to get this hitch issue fixed. Swaying like crazy and high in the front on tv.
Were the valves set to bypass the heater and do you have hot water flowing now?
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Two valves were open, top and bottom. When I opened the middle valve hot water started to flow
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Great, good to hear.
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had to remove 12 square headed screws from the base of the bottom bunk to access the back of the water heater, stupid that the pdi didnt cover that. Going to cut 1/4 of that plywood and bolt the front of it back down and leave an access to the water heater.
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Two valves were open, top and bottom. When I opened the middle valve hot water started to flow
In all actuality, you most likely closed the bypass valve. If it's open, it allows the cold water into the hot water line. As long as you got it working now, then it's all good.

We had another member with the same problem today:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ter-37442.html

The dealer should have had it all in working order, but they do miss things.
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well it looked pretty simple, two lines were red and one white. the valve in the middle was shut.
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We had the same problem with our Apex 22qbs we bought in Feb, something they did not do during the PDI!
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well it looked pretty simple, two lines were red and one white. the valve in the middle was shut.
I believe what wmtire is trying to point out is that the handle on the valve is oval in shape, the top water line should be open. Meaning the handle should be in-line with the water line. Same with the bottom valve. The third valve is the water heater bypass. You should notice that the top water line and the bottom line going to the water heater are joined at this valve. This valve should be shut during use and close for winterizing.
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We had the same problem with our Apex 22qbs we bought in Feb, something they did not do during the PDI!

It must be something that Apex dealers swear to. I had the same experience, had to find it myself. I'm glad I have several coworkers and friends with more RV knowledge than I possess!! The forum has also helped!
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