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Old 08-01-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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water heater backflooded...

Hey all, so today is the first day of fulltiming in our 79 C Class, and a few issues have arisen (this is a 1st RV for both of us). The main one just recently noticed was that the floor where my cab attaches to the living area the floor was all wet. I'm hooked up to city water, and i wasn't running the propane anyway so it made sense that the water was all cold. took my shoes off, wet floor. Went outside, pretty big puddle. The water heater is right behind the driver's seat under the bench for the dinette. I can fix it if someone gives me a brief rundown on it... or should i replace? Where do I find one and how much do they run for? Thanks (79 Itasca Sundancer SE)

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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If it just a fitting, you can get parts at Home Depot or Ace Hardware. If the tank has a hole in it, jsut replace the whole unit.


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Old 08-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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Did you check the T&P (temperature and pressure) valve? Sometimes they will leak, especially if it's been sitting for a long time.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #4
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When my rig was new, and I mean BRAND new, had not yet gone camping.. I was walking through the dealer's shop with my service consultant to take a look at why they had not yet installed the baseplate on my towed.. There was an insurance adjuster with us,, We stopped at a water heater.. I looked at it, turned to the service consultant and said "Forgot to drain it last fall did they?" he said "yes".

Just so you know, that is a major cause of income for RV repair places around here.

I do have to say. If I gotta learn what happens when you fail to winterize properly.. That's the way I'd rather do it (With someone else paying the "Tutition" as it were).
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:25 PM   #5
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^^ yup. Sure as schmidt that's what happened. I pulled the bench seat out, pulled off all of the insulation and whatnot... looked her over for about ten minutes and after deciding that all of the connections were dry, spent about another ten minutes, pulled the whole unit, whammo. Bout a foot of blown open tank on the underside where it was 'invisible' to the lazy person. Found a new one for 256, not too shabby. RV dealer wanted 200 more hahaha, nope. Better just to look online for eight seconds then deal with those guys it seems. Luckily we're hooked up for a few months, and we're about a minute walk from the shower house, so I just looped the in pipe to the out pipe so at least we have that rolling...
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