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Old 05-06-2010, 11:53 AM   #15
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thanks 2air'!!! There is an Atwood service/RV place nearby!

Question, though: IF the tank is ruptured, would some water still make it through to the toilet, kitchen sink, etc?

It takes a few minutes to get the waterfall flowing.

Wondering if we just have a loose connection?

Could DH have accidentally loosened a connection when he was using the pressure thing to blow air through the lines (assuming he did not bypass something he should have, or something?)?

So happy I may not have to go to NJ, though I don't know anything about the service dept at HiWay Campers in Plainfield, CT. Was in there once 2 years ago buying supplies and an employee/manager was dodging calls from manufacturers, others, seemed like they had money problems. Still open though. Hmmmm.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:59 AM   #16
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yeah there are a LOT of flaky rv shops, so be careful.

yes it's possible a fitting/seal/gasket was disturbed blowing out the lines...

depends on how MUCH pressure was used for the process.

yes some water might still flow, with a cracked tank.

keep in mind there is a COLD water side to the plumbing so EVEN with the water tank EMPTY and bypassed...

water can flow to the toilet, sinks and shower.

((that would be another investigative step, SHUT OFF/bypass the water heater again and TRY the plumbing))

((if it's the heat tank, there should be NO leaks once the WH is bypassed))

and if the tank is breached at the TOP, a few gallons would still pool in the tank.
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it might be useful to email a/s tech support and request a plumbing schematic...

generic shops may need this to sort out interior access to the tank connections.

typically they are directly under that interior panel, a diagram would be useful.

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OK, forgive this probably stupid question:

do I put the valves back in the winter position before testing to see if the cold system works o.k. (is that how I bypass the WH)?

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...do I put the valves back in the winter position before testing to see if the cold system works o.k. (is that how I bypass the WH)?...
yes

see the diagram in your owners manual OR the pic bob'stream posted earlier.

JUST the 3 valves related to the water heater.

then turn on the water pump or connect to shore water, and open cold water tap.

there should be good cold water flow and once the taps are CLOSED the water pump should STOP running.

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bypassed the HW heater and the cold system works!
pump only runs while running the tap, water pressure seems normal
no signs of leakage outside!

guess I need to email for the schematic and find someone qualified to repair/replace the HW heater.

any guestimates on cost, or how to know if they are ripping us off (saying needs replaced when was just a loose part)?

Yay! Thanks so much, 2air'! Now we can at least camp - our favorite place has no facilities, so we need the cold water system working :-)
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ok, good info cats...

a COLD shower can be very refreshing!

seriously, at least u can go camping and use the fresh tank/toilet, sinks and so on...

colonial SHOULD be able to provide a reasonably close estimate on price.

they may hedge without actually inspecting it first but "new WH installed" should a direct estimate.
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since the water heater is OUT of action, drain it.

there is no need to have any water IN it sloshing around or leaking.

pull the train plug and that will drain MOST of the water.

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Hey 2air',

I really appreciate all your help walking me through this,
thank you very much!
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