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Old 06-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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We had our motorhome winterized last winter by a rv dealership. We are on a trip, first one of the year and we have no water on the hot water side. Does anyone have any suggestions where we should look.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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What brand and age of RV?

Usually, there is a water heater bypass system. Some are pretty simple but some have 3 valves that have to be positioned correctly. And often, in older RVs, hidden.
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We had our motorhome winterized last winter by a rv dealership. We are on a trip, first one of the year and we have no water on the hot water side. Does anyone have any suggestions where we should look.
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need a little more info. What rig? what make is the Hot Water heater? If you have turned the by-pass valves on and have water flowing through the heater, does the heater lite? Is it gas/electric or just gas? Spiders have a habit of making their web inside the flame tube that runs to the heater off the gas jet. blow out the web. Could be a plugged gas jet. Can you hear the solenoid click when you turn the heater on?
Not enough information to be of service. Sorry
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Refer to pdf page 81 (page 7-11) of your Owners Manual (http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...Suncruiser.pdf)

For winterizing it states:
There is also a water heater bypass valve to avoid filling the water heater with antifreeze. This feature is located near the water pump in the water center or utility compartment.

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Old 06-17-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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We had our motorhome winterized last winter by a rv dealership. We are on a trip, first one of the year and we have no water on the hot water side. Does anyone have any suggestions where we should look.
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Your hot water heater is most likely in the by-pass mode. Check the valves (there are usually 3-5) and make sure they are in the correct position. A quick check of the heater, if it's propane (you'll hear it running will confirm that it is your by-pass valves. Hope you didn't hurt the heater by running it while the tank was empty/
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Your hot water heater is most likely in the by-pass mode. Check the valves (there are usually 3-5) and make sure they are in the correct position. A quick check of the heater, if it's propane (you'll hear it running will confirm that it is your by-pass valves. Hope you didn't hurt the heater by running it while the tank was empty/
A simple check...unscrew the drain plug from the water heater. No water...by-pass valve is in the by-pass position.
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Hopefully they haven't turned the electric wh element on to heat the water that isn't apparently there.
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We had our motorhome winterized last winter by a rv dealership. We are on a trip, first one of the year and we have no water on the hot water side. Does anyone have any suggestions where we should look.
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Draining and bypassing the water heater is standard protocol for winterizing where the temperature may dip below freezing. As other posters have mentioned, there is usually a bypass valve in your water bay that should be marked. It diverts water past the heater so the heater can be drained. Find it, flip it, and you should have water again.

If your water heater is electric, and you turned it on while the tank was dry, that's officially a "Bad Thing". Electric elements in water heaters will burn out quickly if they are not submerged in water.
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