Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-11-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Can't get Atwood Water Heater pilot to light at all

Hi everyone. Iím hoping someone can help me with an issue with my Atwood Water Heater and getting it lit.

Hereís some background: A month ago we upgraded from our pop up to a new (to us) 2000 29í Fleetwood Terry travel trailer 27x. The person I bought it from owned it 6 years and only camped via hookups. Iím somewhat handy (thanks to the wonderful advice, how-toís and videos posted on the Internet by people like you) and was able to stop the A/C from dripping due to condensation and resurrect the water pump.

The model of water heater is CG6AA-8, works on gas and electric and is a pilot Ďstartí. It has the ďblueĒ pilot button, Robertshaw thermostat. I verified there is water in the tank and it works on electricity. There is plenty of gas in both propane tanks. I canít for the life of me get anything at all to come out of the pilot. Gas to the stove works ok, I even kept the stove burners on as I tried most of this. I tried both propane tanks (2 tanks going into 1 regulator) via the left or right regulator switch.

I followed the gas line all the way under the trailer and couldnít see any cut-off switches. I held the pilot switch open for 3 minutes with a BBQ lighter and there is no hint of gas coming through it, no flicker, no smell, no sound, nothing.

I removed the main burner tube and blew compressed air though it as well as com into the pilot hole (I didnít remove the pilot line from the thermostat.)

I have no issue replacing the thermostat as the next step as itís possible the gas part of this furnance hasnít been used in 10 years, but before I did I thought I would at least ask here to see if I may be missing something else, Iím at a loss.

Thank you very much!
__________________

__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-11-2016, 02:58 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
MtnTrek's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Currently; Western Washington
Posts: 1,011
Is there 12V to it, often there is a switch on the heater as well as one in the trailer.
In the event that this is a standing pilot model and not a (DSI) Direct Spark Ignition.
With you're BBQ lighter you're warming up the thermal-couple over where the pilot flame would be right?
Probably the gas valve has gone south. Not all that expensive, if you're not very comfortable with joint compound, fittings etc. leak testing. You might want to call a service person.

Be well
__________________

__________________
DRV Suites, ES-38RSSA (19,8K+9,3K=29,2K GCVW)
GM Denali, 3500HD-Max, CC, 8'-DRW

J & J & Kickr's the Vonderhund
MtnTrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2016, 05:11 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
rgvtexan's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NE WA or S TX
Posts: 2,058
There may be some help here

http://manuals.adventurerv.net/Atwoo...er-Service.pdf
__________________
04 Horizon QD, 12 Ford Flex, Excalibar, Brakemaster, Winter Texan, RVin! since 1974
Norm, Donna & Tinker Kat 74 MGB-GT, 75 MGB, 01 Z3
Life is a Timed Event, you only get One Go Around!
rgvtexan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2016, 06:36 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
gazingm42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 291
Check the gas tube and make sure it is free of spider webs. I have had this issue for 2 years.
__________________
TT: Dutchmen 2014 261BHS
TV: Ram 3500 6.4 HEMI, 3.73 6ft bed 2014.
gazingm42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2016, 07:21 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Thanks everyone for your replies, yeah it's pilot light of only to ignite, not electric ignite. I have the BBQ light pretty much on the pilot hole, not the thermal coupler, but I don't think that's it but will try, I do think it's the gas valve, which I was calling the thermostat earlier. Will try that hopefully next week. Thank you again!
__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2016, 07:16 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Budlite28's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 20
As gazingm42 said, I would try to remove the pilot fixture and see if it's clear. There should be a small opening, called the primary air opening, on the side of the fixture. See if it's clear. Also, I would remove the pilot fixture from the pilot tubing & see if the orifice on the pilot tubing is clogged.
__________________
Budlite28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2016, 04:06 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Tried to remove the pilot fixture from the gas valve with a wrench and it started to strip, is it by chance reverse threaded or do I need something stronger like vice grips. Thanks!
__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2016, 04:35 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
hydro45640's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Jackson,Ohio
Posts: 247
Don't use vicegrips, get a regular gas line wrench.
__________________
hydro45640 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2016, 05:05 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,507
Silly question,,,,, your holding down the pilot button while trying to light right? If the gas was off for a long time, it may take a min or 2 for gas to come out the small pilot hole before it will lite. Some units are a little different, you have to turn and align the button before you can push down.

L.
__________________
2008 Thor Mandalay Presidio, 400 ISL
RVing since 1974!
Lots of Motorcycles
Lloyd in S.C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2016, 06:16 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Thanks. Lloyd, this isn't a push pilot, but rather it's spring activated if that makes sense, meaning you turn to the left slightly past pilot and hold to engage, unless I am missing that completely but I don't think this is a push. I will post a pic later. Thanks!
__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2016, 08:34 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
Budlite28's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by DancingBull View Post
Tried to remove the pilot fixture from the gas valve with a wrench and it started to strip, is it by chance reverse threaded or do I need something stronger like vice grips. Thanks!

What you need is called a flarenut wrench. It's basically a boxend with a opening to slip the pilot tubing thru. And it is not a reverse thread. The brass is just soft.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	100_0884.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	344.9 KB
ID:	135791  
__________________
Budlite28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2016, 01:09 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Ok, I removed the entire gas valve, the thermocouple came off easily with a pipe wrench (thanks, I had some but had no idea that's what they were for) but the pilot connection refuses to come off, I tried pipe wrench and it still would not turn, only strip so I even tried vice grips and it refuses. I ordered a new Jafe pilot assembly as everything is pointing to the pilot.

Just wanted to update. If I can get this working for $100 in jade pilot and new gas valve I consider it a win. To be continued.
__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2016, 12:08 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 21
Wanted to close this thread. Replacing the gas valve and jade pilot fixed my issue. Thanks everyone for your help.
__________________

__________________
DancingBull is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
atwood, heat, heater, light, water, water heater



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replace old Atwood Water Heater With New Atwood Water Heater GlennLever RV Systems & Appliances 2 07-14-2015 10:41 AM
Atwood water heater pilot light will not stay on! Help. manguiano Travel Trailer Discussion 11 11-16-2014 11:25 AM
Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet mothgrey Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 11-18-2013 04:51 PM
Atwood G6A-7 Pilot but no main burner on water heater mppd20 RV Systems & Appliances 2 06-25-2013 10:03 AM
Pilot light will not light on water heater Blue74 RV Systems & Appliances 6 11-03-2010 06:53 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.