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Old 11-19-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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Cool Hot Water Heater Shutoff Valves

I have a '93 Class A and my hot water heater shut off valves are a pain to get to. I have to take the bottom two drawers out from under my sink and in order to get the second one out I have to mess with the oven door just to get the drawer out. Then lay on the floor and put one arm through each open hole, smash my face to cabinet wall, take a deep breath, and go!

Anyway, I am going to move them to mount in a different location that i can get to without having to move anything. I was just wondering if anyone on here has or would be willing to post pictures of where yours are at easy to get too or where you have moved them to. I don't mind adding plenty of extra hose line to get them where they are convenient for me. Anything is better than where they are!!

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Old 11-24-2010, 05:22 AM   #2
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This may not help in your situation if you have a compartment next to water heater you may put bypass valves in there.

If its installed under your kitchen sink may pose another problem like you say you can pipe any where you just need access to correct pipes to do it.

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Old 11-25-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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Mine is like yours, only it is a bedroom drawer that has to be removed and it's still a stretch to reach. Glad I live in Florida, so I don't have to winterize.

Choosing a new location will depend on your layout. Maybe you could just bring them out closer to the front and reachable through one drawer rather than two+oven?

You don't have to remove the old one if its hard to reach - just splice in a new one in a handier spot. If you have the old three valve set-up, you might consider changing to the newer one or two valve design, which uses multi-way valves plus a check valve to do the job. Many newer RVs have just one valve to turn. This article shows the Camco two-valve kit.
How to Install an RV Water Heater Bypass Kit | eHow.com

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Old 11-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #4
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HW tank shutoffs

I don't know if this will help you, but, my hot water heater is right next to the exit door and stairs, just under the sink with plenty of room. In order for me to get to the tank easier I accessed it from the stair side. I made a hole big enough in the panel for my hand to fit inside. That was when I saw that there was a double wall. That material was 1/4" panelling also. I then cut a hole out of the inside panelling that was bigger than the outside hole. (Nobody will see that underneath the sink) I used it for a cover on the outside (smaller hole) panel. It looked ok. The hole is big enough for me to reach inside and do what I have to do just by unscrewing the four screws that I used to hold the larger panel over the hole.

I hope you can understand this.

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Old 11-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #5
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yeah joe i understand ya, i do the samething everytime i go through double and nobody will see the other... lol

Gary, I have the 2 valve, one on the incoming and one on the outgoing, i like it and its simple so it works for me.

007, thanks for the link!

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