Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 9
How to turn water on to hot water heater

Can't figure out what forum to post this to, so guess this is good as any. We have a 2007 Forest River Surveyor 235RKS. We have only been out a couple times and finally thought we might see how the hot water heater worked. We saw a couple valves behind the panel under the sink, but try as we might, we could not turn the darned things! Didn't want to push it in case they broke off.

Do they just turn? Left to loosen? Or do you have to push in?

Heading out for 3 days next week so want to get this figured out.
jl2you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Dave_Monica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,327
The water are typically 1/4 turn valves....does it look like this...

Valves 1 and 3 or open, valve 2, the bypass valve is closed. This is set for normal operation. The valves would be set opposite to bypass the WH for winterization. They might be stiff, not they should turn...one direction only.

Dave
Attached Images
 
__________________


Nights camped in 2013 - 55, 2014 - 105, 2015 - 63
Dave_Monica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 9
This is a small 6 gallon water heater tank with red & blue tubes running in.

So I need to turn ALL of them 1/4 turn to the left to open them up?

Boy - I wish there were simple people manuals to these trailers.
jl2you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 12:13 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Dave_Monica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by jl2you View Post
So I need to turn ALL of them 1/4 turn to the left to open them up?

You need to open valve 1 and 3 and close valve 2 to operate. They are 1/4 turn but could be left or right depending how they were installed. The long portion of the valve handle should be parallel to the water line for the open position. The picture shows valve 1 and 3 open, valve 2 closed.

Dave
__________________


Nights camped in 2013 - 55, 2014 - 105, 2015 - 63
Dave_Monica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2013, 09:21 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 9
Can't turn valves

The valves are black plastic and we just can not turn them. Sure, we haven't taken a wrench to it, but afraid to push it too hard for fear we will break them.
jl2you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
Dave_Monica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,327
If the valves are in the correct position to operate the WH, leave it be until you have to winterize at the end of the camping season. If they're not in the right position to operate or when you have to winterize, empty the water system (low point and WH drains) and disconnect the valves from the lines. You may be able to free them up or worse case, replace them.

Dave
__________________


Nights camped in 2013 - 55, 2014 - 105, 2015 - 63
Dave_Monica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2013, 10:04 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Batts-toy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Ripon, California
Posts: 727
Quote:
Originally Posted by jl2you View Post
Can't figure out what forum to post this to, so guess this is good as any. We have a 2007 Forest River Surveyor 235RKS. We have only been out a couple times and finally thought we might see how the hot water heater worked. We saw a couple valves behind the panel under the sink, but try as we might, we could not turn the darned things! Didn't want to push it in case they broke off.

Do they just turn? Left to loosen? Or do you have to push in?

Heading out for 3 days next week so want to get this figured out.
Those may not be valves and this can depend on where the TT was sold. My T26TBSS has absolutely no auxilery shut off valves. I am in California, winterizing not needed just sanitizing.
__________________
Dale & Terri, Lulu & Tiki (our Chihuahua's), New rescue puppy Prince - Pom/Pug mix.
2013 Tundra, Double Cab, 5.7, TRD Off-Road, 4X4, Full Tow Package
2013 Wildwood T26TBSS - Sold
2000 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager M-8357 MH, Ford Trident V10 Gasser, 35 foot.
Batts-toy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2013, 10:21 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 9
I am in Kansas, so yes, we definitely have winter here. Appreciate the suggestion.
jl2you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #9
Anacortesians
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA
Posts: 1,166
You also need to let air out of an empty water tank when you start to fill it with water. Crack open the pressure relief valve. On my rig, the valves are white plastic with a half handle sticking out a the valve top, which is ribbed.

The aft-most valve is on the line from the potable tank or city water, the forward one goes to feed the various water-using appliances. They are easy to turn. Note that our rig is a Georgetown Class A, which could be significantly different.
__________________
Frank and Eileen
No longer RVers or FR owners
F and E Damp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #10
Denver, CO
 
garbonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 2,102
pictures are woth a thousand words... postplease.
__________________
2017 Fuse 23T
garbonz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 10:45 PM   #11
Just a member
 
kandl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Great White North
Posts: 921
Quote:
Originally Posted by jl2you View Post
We saw a couple valves behind the panel under the sink, but try as we might, we could not turn the darned things! Didn't want to push it in case they broke off.
The valves might be stiff due to water deposits, especially if they've never been used - they typically turn only 90 degrees depending on how they were installed. If they look like this, be tender working them loose. The connection between the valve cock and ball valve is not very robust. Then you get wet...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2406.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	50.5 KB
ID:	37017   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2408.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	51.6 KB
ID:	37018  
__________________
K&L + the Wild Bunch
TT: 2011 Rockwood 8293RKSS
TV: 2019 Dodge 3500 SRW Crew HO CTD

kandl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
heater, hot water, water, water heater

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19 PM.