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Old 06-15-2011, 03:56 PM   #15
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... I thought that is what I paid the big bucks for? But I still love the little aluminum can, and will be patient with it. ...
Try to remember that most of the components are "off the shelf" standard items every RV maker uses. Things like the color coded water lines and access to valves is something Airstream does better than some others. On the other hand, there are some challenges due to design. Considering all the compromises, I'd rather tow the little aluminum can any day.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:29 PM   #16
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Well, after messing with the system for a better part of the day, I still don't have hot water. On my last cycle, I got more air out of the system - where was it hiding? But still nothing but tepid water. I just put in a call for the Airstream Tech people to give me a ring back.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:36 PM   #17
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You mentioned that the burner cycles, how long does it stay on?
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:41 PM   #18
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So far, it stays on as long as I leave it on. 15 to 20 minutes has been the longest I have let it stay fired.
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If you are getting a good steady flow from the hot faucets, I would leave the burner on longer.

Just for the hell of it....gonn'a fire up Cloudsplitter now. Call 'ya back when the waters HOT.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:17 PM   #20
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So far, it stays on as long as I leave it on. 15 to 20 minutes has been the longest I have let it stay fired.
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If you've opened the pressure relief valve and only water comes out, the tank is full. If I start with a tank of cold water, I personally wouldn't give it much thought if it took 45 minutes or so before it cycled off the 1st time. Is your WH both gas and 110 v? If so turning on the elec along with the gas will speed up the recovery.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:43 PM   #21
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You have have received a lot of good advice. All I have ever had to do with any brand is to leave a a hot faucet running a couple minutes until the sputtering stops, then turn on the water heater. It will take 30 minutes or more for shower hot water.

The water heater on your trailer is equipped with an over-temp sensor. If the tank is over heating for any reason the burner will shut down.

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Here are the numbers...started stone cold

15min....84*

30min....115*

45min....138* burner shut down

My take....leave it on till the burner cycles off. And take a HOT shower!!
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Thank you, all. One of the things confusing me is that last summer, as a new trailer, we could actuate the water heater and have what seemed like almost instantly hot water. As I am not seeing the same thing now, I have felt that something is wrong. I will let in run longer in the AM, and hope for better results.
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Success!
MORE air purged this morning (egads, how much air can a little trailer water heater hold?). I let the burner go for longer this morning, and I now have hot water. I doesn't seem like it should be this hard....
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