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Old 11-29-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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Water heater bypass location?

we have a 2008 bounder. we have only owned 2 years. I can not find a bypass for the water heater? i've seen some videos showing a bypass on the back of the tank , but i have found no way to even see the back of the tank on our motorhome?
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we have a 2008 bounder. we have only owned 2 years. I can not find a bypass for the water heater? i've seen some videos showing a bypass on the back of the tank , but i have found no way to even see the back of the tank on our motorhome?
Nevertheless, that’s where the bypass is. In order to be effective the valves will be immediately behind the water heater. On some coaches you have to remove an access panel but it certainly will be accessible and in that location. Good luck.
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My 08 35E had the by pass valves in the basement compartment next to the WH.
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My 08 Bounder has the water heater bypass valve under the bedroom sink cabinet. Took me forever to find it.
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It would help if everyone posts exactly which model they have as they’re all different.
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It would help if everyone posts exactly which model they have as they’re all different.
Many of the respondents have their model listed in their signature block...but okay.
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My Bounder 38s is a 2007 and the bypass is on the right wall in the bedroom vanity lower cabinet
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2005 34h bounder bypass valve inside the bedroom closet on the left wall.
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thanks to everyone!

It was easily found(with the help of a flashlight) under the bedroom sink, right wall of cabinet. Not sure how I had never seen it before.
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Just remember to turn off the electric water heater switch BEFORE you empty or fill an empty tank, or you will learn how to replace the heating element in the tank! In bypass mode, the tank will not fill up exposing the heater element to air. If the electric switch is turned on with the tank empty, the element will blow like an M-80 and smell bad in seconds. Speaking for experience!
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Just remember to turn off the electric water heater switch BEFORE you empty or fill an empty tank, or you will learn how to replace the heating element in the tank! In bypass mode, the tank will not fill up exposing the heater element to air. If the electric switch is turned on with the tank empty, the element will blow like an M-80 and smell bad in seconds. Speaking for experience!
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A good tip John. I will go to the breaker panel usually when I have emptied the tank and trip the WH breaker...just to be sure that no one inadvertently turns on the WH switch at the control panel.
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