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Old 03-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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RV Newbie - 1st trip (Mirada)

Soooooo, we survived ours first trip. Picked up '07 Mirada on Friday. Taped the walk through on my smart phone. Drove about 2 hours away near our State Capitol. Stayed the night at Double J Campgrounds with electric, water, sewer hookups, pull through site, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

We did pretty well, just had 3 major hiccups: #1 - dealer winterized the fresh water tank and we did not recall [and could not find on my recorded walk through] how to drain and fill the fresh water tank. #2 - never got hot water out of the faucets. #3 - Wipers malfunctioned (hesitated, stopped, worked for 3-4 seconds intermittently).

As far as the water tank and hot water heater, the original RV books were terrible at directions for emptying/filling tank and troubleshooting hot water tank issues.

Dealership was closed so we couldn't Get anyone to talk us through it. Is there a 1-800 RV helpline 24/7? LOL

Thanks for "listening"!
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Hi and welcome.

Glad your shake down cruise went so well.
Your hot water tank is probably still set on bypass. Locate your hot water tank and remove the access panel. You should see the lines and valves. Reverse the valves. ( off to on and on to off). You should hear water being pumped into the hot water tank. Make sure the drain plug is in and open the taps to let the air out while the tank is filling. Do a search on here about how to sterilize the water tank. Your low point drains should be by your water tank.
Best of luck on your travels and when you have time post pics of your RV.
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Hi and welcome.

Glad your shake down cruise went so well.
Your hot water tank is probably still set on bypass. Locate your hot water tank and remove the access panel. You should see the lines and valves. Reverse the valves. ( off to on and on to off). You should hear water being pumped into the hot water tank. Make sure the drain plug is in and open the taps to let the air out while the tank is filling. Do a search on here about how to sterilize the water tank. Your low point drains should be by your water tank.
Best of luck on your travels and when you have time post pics of your RV.

Check that water heater throughly. If you had it turned on while it was empty you might have damaged the heating element. Follow directions above and then when you get water out of the warm water side, turn on the heater and test to be sure it is working, (providing warm water).

As for the fresh water tank, you should have low point valves, usually three, open them and let the antifreeze drain. It' is likley only a quart or two. The three low point drains are the tank, hot water line low point side, and cold water line low point. You drain the water heater by opening the door on the side of the rig and removing the plastic plug near the bottom of the unit.
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