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Old 07-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hot Water Tank

Just purchased a 2005 classic from a private owner. Mint condition but wasn't trained on activating the hot water tank. I seem to understand the rest of the mechanics of the fridge, dark and gray water but can't figure out the HW. Also is there an additive to put in the water tanks (potable and city)

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to RVing if this is your first rig. The most important thing with the hot water tank is to make sure it is full before you turn on either the electric element or the gas heating system. Most trailers have a 'bypass' mode for the hot water tank (so you can winterize the plumbing without getting anti-freeze into the HW tank). Just be sure it is not in bypass mode before activating the heating mechanism be it electric, gas or both. Other than that, there are usually switches inside the trailer for both the electric and the gas systems. There may also be a switch in the access compartment for your HW heater outside the trailer. You should also have a circuit breaker (110-volt) for the electric side of the heater. Make sure these switches are 'on' and it should work. Note that if you have both gas and electric, you usually use either one or the other, but you can use both if you want to heat the water extra fast.

Re additives for the potable water system, they are usually not requires.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:17 PM   #3
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.... a quick PS to the above..... if your tank was in bypass mode, fill the tank full after taking it out of bypass by running one of the 'hot' taps inside the trailer until all the air has bled out and you get water through the tap.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:16 AM   #4
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Hey Kevin! This is our first trailer! 26 and she's a beauty, well maintained! I was raised traveling with trailers and motors! Dad had us all over the country and in your neck of the woods too. Mom was born in old town, me so we spent alot of time there. We have two long w/e's scheduled before we leave for a trip up thru new england.

This is valuable information and i am slowly finding out how things operate. Filling the tank and bleeding the lines is first on the agenda prior to hitting the power. Thanks for the great detail. All systems will be getting a thorough cleaning. Thanks again!

Rick and Sherri
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
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If you are going to use your fresh water tank I'd suggest sanitizing it before filling it. We actually sanitize our tank before each outing! (We can go a month between trips.)

How to Sanitize Your RV Fresh Water System
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Thanks Kathy and Leo! Great article! Safe travels!
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