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Old 04-10-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Problem with de-winterizing

We grabbed the trailer and left for our first trip of the season. 5 hours later stopped at CG and hooked up to flush out the pink stuff. Problem. Cold water runs fine, hot water not coming thru. 2014 FC. Can't find the clog? Any suggestions?
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:17 PM   #2
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Is your hot water bypass in winter mode still? Did you turn a valve -(yellow color) to align with the flow of a water pipe?
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Thank you

Yes. We did all that.
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Do you have hot water switch on, the one where light comes on when it lights then goes out. Mine is next to sink in the 16ft
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:40 AM   #5
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Yes. We did all that.
Are you saying that hot water does not come out of ANY of your faucets? Are you on pump or city water? ALL the cold faucets work fine?

Do you see any leaks in or under the trailer, or in any storage areas which have pipes running through them?

Leave water heater switches OFF (both propane and electric) until your problem is diagnosed.

Which length 2014 FC are you in?

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No hot water

The cold water comes thru fine but the hot water starts as a trickle then stops. There must be a clog somewhere in the line. We can't locate a filter that might be blocked. Having two OLD trailers that have easy lines to trace we need help from someone with a NEW trailer that can help us where to trouble shoot.
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The cold water comes thru fine but the hot water starts as a trickle then stops. There must be a clog somewhere in the line. We can't locate a filter that might be blocked. Having two OLD trailers that have easy lines to trace we need help from someone with a NEW trailer that can help us where to trouble shoot.
ALL the hot faucets are this way? What length FC?
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:07 AM   #8
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If you drained your hot water tank when winterizing, it will take a little time to fill it before you are getting hot water.
Low flow can be caused by a plugged tap filter screener. Unscrew it and clean out any debris.
Check the position of your hot water tank bypass valves. Try to bypass your hot water tank and see if you get flow out of sink or shower on hot water setting. If you get regular flow on bypass but none going through the tank, try flushing the tank by unscrewing the drain plug in the bottom of the tank when the tank is under pressure.
Water system is very simple, there are only a few possible solutions to your problems.
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Ughhhhhh!

We did all of the above with no luck so took it to Camping World cause we were camped next door at Enchanted Trails in Albuq. Ends up its the mixing valve in the hot water heater. Bad luck would have it they don't have the part so we are headed to Mesa Airstream dealer to pick up the part but they don't have time to install!!!

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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. . . Ends up its the mixing valve in the hot water heater.
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Sorry for this turn of events. Do you mean the bypass valve which permits winterizing without putting antifreeze in the water heater, as user handn suggested recently? If so, did you try turning it on and off before you went to Camping World?

I am not familiar with a "mixing valve in the hot water heater" so if anyone else can explain that would be great. Maybe something new to learn? Thanks.

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I think (not sure) the mixing valve literally mixes some cold with the hot so you don't get boiling water out of the full open hot faucet. It's not the same as the bypass.
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The only 'mixing' valve on our Classic is in the shower...are the new units different?

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Reminder to myself......do the google dumby.

If located as pictured it may be a quick/easy R&R


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News to me. Good to learn, thanks guys. Will read my manual tonight! The old 1985 AS did not have one.

http://airstreamsupply.com/90029-atw...ge=21&limit=50

One more thing to break -- just to protect someone dumb enough to turn on the hot water too much?



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PS -- The manual for the Atwood water heater in our FC20 has a brief note about the mixing valve, which is not adjustable or serviceable. A malfunctioning mixing valve must be replaced.
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Pearl54FC -- could you ask the installer if an incomplete winterization might have left water in the mixing valve, which then froze and messed up the valve?

This may be a learning experience for all of us.

The Atwood manual does recommend using air to winterize, but it is not clear to these eyes if using the winterization bypass valve (to avoid AF in the water heater) ALSO means that air pressure to clear the mixing valve MUST be introduced at the pressure relief valve opening at the top of the water heater.

If so, the mixing valve certainly complicates the winterization process.

TBD for now . . . put on the to-do list for Fall . . .
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