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Old 11-06-2017, 06:37 AM   #1
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Just wondering. The white button on our 2016 shower head, when pressed, just increases the water flow.

Is this the way is suppose to work?

Our other trailers had a button to shut the water off. Much more convent than turning the knob off.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:51 AM   #2
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There should be another push button on the shower head, there was on our 2015 FC and there is on our 2017 Classic. It's actually a small fitting on the hose prior to the shower head. Some I've heard do not have such a switch. If not you can pick one up at Home Depot or Lowes for about $6.00.

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Old 11-06-2017, 09:07 AM   #3
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Some valves shut the water flow off entirely and some leave a small flow or dribble going. Those have the intent to keep a small amount of flow so you don't get hot or cold spots when you go back to full flow.
If you're boondocking, you use the valve to save water. Get wet, turn off the flow, wash up, and turn it on again for rinse.
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Thanks all. No extra buttons at the outet to shut the flow off.

We usually change the heads out for the "Oxygenics" heads in our other units, but they don't make them in the color and finish of the Classics. So we kept this one.

Just wondering if ours is suppose to work that way. We would really like to shut it off with out turning the main handle on and off.
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Our 2017 Classic came with a shut off valve right where the hose connects to the head itself. As I stated easy fix from Home Depot or Lowes, very inexpensive. We had to add one to a 40' Newmar Motorhome, they don't put one on their units. We were surprised.

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Old 11-10-2017, 09:33 PM   #6
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We added a switch (from a hardware store) to our 2016 Classic. It is the type that reduces to a dribble so that you don't forget to turn off the water. It did not work as well as in our previous Airstream. The culprit is the stock water heater that is 6-gallon, but works like a 9-gallon by super heating the water and then mixing it with cold. When water flow was reduced to a trickle the mixing valve still tried to adjust the temperature. When you went back to full flow, you got a slug of inappropriate (way too hot) temperature water. The longer you were on trickle, the longer the potentially scalding temperature lasted, but it would occur a few seconds after going back to full flow.

Basically, the water heater ruled out the use of the trickle button, so we are stuck doing on-off at the main handle. I wish we just had a normal 6-gallon water heater so the trickle button would work. We have never needed more that 6 gallons in any of our prior Airstreams.

It took a while to diagnose the cause of this issue, but you can simulate the effect at the kitchen sink by getting a good flow of warm to hot water going, then reduce it to a trickle for maybe 30 seconds, and the go back to full flow and wait for the too hot temperature shift that will occur several seconds later.

I can only assume that this scald issue is why Airstream did not include the trickle button on 2015 and 2016 Classics. Apparently this is a non-issue on the 2017 Classics with the Alde system.
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