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Old 11-27-2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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Just got a new travel trailer, first time experience with RV camping. I have used it 3 times so far and the kids love it.

Question, what are the details of the water heater; specifically the DSI Heater. I believe i was told I must have water in the tank even though I have a water connection with the hose ...is that true?

What is the best way to dump my fresh water tank? I notice a small discharge underneath.

Am I supposed to store it with water? With a few gallons in the fresh water tank?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:25 AM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2...and congratulations on your new rig.....Don't store your rig with water in it long term....you must have water in your hot water tank before turning your heater on........you can go and look through previous threads by using the search box at the top of the page, which might be helpful....on the right side of the page.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:50 AM   #4
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how do i know if i have water in my hot water tank? i have no idea where my hot water tank is and how it is filled...


thanks a lot!!!
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Well........your hot water tank is located behind the exterior access door where the pressure relief valve, manual electrical switch and propane heater is located. Its a sheet metal panel about 6"x6". Be aware that there is also a Bypass valve for the hot water tank as well. There is a in line valve which turns water off and on to the HW tank. That is there for winterizing, so no plumbers anti freeze is pumped into the hot water tank. Which reminds me have you winterized your rig yet?
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:10 AM   #10
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Hey Thanks Fred1609! That helps alot! I noticed there is a small toggle switch inside that panel...what is that for?

I have not winterized it. I live in Santa Clarita, Ca. It was 82 yesterday.
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I noticed there is a small toggle switch inside that panel
That is your pressure relief valve.

If you were not going to be using your RV for say 2-3 weeks, you will want the drain the hot water tank by taking a socket & ratchet and taking out that white plastic cap. Once you unscrew that threaded plug, pulling up on the pressure relief valve will let the water in the tank drain faster.

That valve under your RV from the fresh water tank is the only way to drain the tank. We usually will turn that valve after we dump our gray & black tanks for a weekend or week long trip. Yes, it will take 10 -30 minutes to drain, just turn it and be on your way.
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Thanks superslif, appreciate the info!
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Nice truck and trailer "twins"... Welcome to the forums
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