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Old 05-08-2017, 04:54 PM   #1
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Parkliner hot water heater Help

We picked up our new ParkLiner and received a demo, but don't remember anymore how to start the hot water heater. It runs on propane only. There does not seem to be an electric ignition, and I don't want to start playing with matches until I hear from someone experienced here about what to do. I'm posting a photo of what it looks like.
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:15 PM   #2
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Can't help, because my water heater isn't the same, but didn't Parkliner give you the instruction manuals for all the appliances?
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I didn't get a manual for the hot water heater. There are printed instructions on the metal housing but I can't follow them. They seem to be instructions for more than just one type of unit.
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:28 PM   #4
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Looks like it has a pilot light that has to be lit, but I can't say for sure.
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I found this video, and it looks just like mine. I don't remember having to light it manually.


https://youtu.be/rfJHEHlTsXI
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Be sure it's full of water before lighting it
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On mine, there is a switch on the column by the stove. Assuming the valves are open to fill the tank, you just turn the switch on. Hot water in just a few minutes.
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Well, I definitely remember having to do all the lighting up from the outside. There is no switch inside. Based on this video I just found and comparing the models, it looks like I'll have to light it manually with a torch. There's plenty of water in it, and everything works, I'm just on this huge learning curve right now.

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From the picture you posted it looks like a manual pilot system.

Look at the knobs and see if the top one says OFF, PILOT and ON.

If so, it lights just like a home water heater. Make sure the gas is on at the tank. Depress the pilot button and hold it down while lighting the pilot. You may have to depress the red button to get the pilot gas to flow. This may take a while to get the gas to the pilot. After it lights, hold the button for 15 seconds or so and then let it up. If the pilot stays on, set the knob to ON. If it goes out, repeat the light and 15 second step.

That knob on the front is the thermostat. Start with medium. Lower will use less gas, higher will give longer showers.

It will heat the "cold" water, not the "hot" water. It's a cold water heater, or just a water heater.
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Thank you John (Raspy)! It sure looks like I'll have to light it manually. I've verified with several sources now, so I feel better about approaching it with a torch, LOL. Oooo, you have an Oliver! I was telling my son that in the long term he may want to get one of those since he likes going on winter adventures. I hear they are well protected for winter conditions. What kind of mileage do you get towing it?
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...It will heat the "cold" water, not the "hot" water. It's a cold water heater, or just a water heater.
Is that really a hill you want to die on...?

Scamp, Escape, and even the lofty Oliver call it a hot water heater in their product descriptions. Casita and Parkliner call it simply (and correctly) a water heater.

Is it a heater that heats cold water or a heater that makes hot water?

My (cold-to-hot) water heater is manual, very manual- a tea kettle on the stove!

Apologizing for the diversion... couldn't resist!
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Thank you John (Raspy)! It sure looks like I'll have to light it manually. I've verified with several sources now, so I feel better about approaching it with a torch, LOL. Oooo, you have an Oliver! I was telling my son that in the long term he may want to get one of those since he likes going on winter adventures. I hear they are well protected for winter conditions. What kind of mileage do you get towing it?

Mary,

The best mileage comparison was when I delivered our old toy hauler. Similar overall weight and length of trailer as our Ollie. Both with tandem axles. Toy hauler was taller, wider and square edged.

I delivered it from 5000' elevation in the Sierra Mountains to sea level and about 200 miles. Had to go up over the top at 8,500' on the way. Then I pulled the Oliver up from nearly the same location, same roads over the mountains, sea level to 5000' to come home. On the way DOWN with the Toy hauler I got 9 mpg. On the way UP with Ollie I got 12 mpg! Those number have been re-verified with other trips too. The streamlined shape, relatively narrow and low, really makes a difference. It's one of the things I really like about fiberglass trailers in general. I think mine would do better if I didn't have a 1 ton 4WD truck.
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Is that really a hill you want to die on...?

Scamp, Escape, and even the lofty Oliver call it a hot water heater in their product descriptions. Casita and Parkliner call it simply (and correctly) a water heater.

Is it a heater that heats cold water or a heater that makes hot water?

My (cold-to-hot) water heater is manual, very manual- a tea kettle on the stove!

Apologizing for the diversion... couldn't resist!
It's fun to touch that nerve. Thank you.
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Ah, the semantic purists, I haven't thought about the "hot" water heater term.

I also heated water on the stove for washing dishes. Worked out alright. I'm a pyro, love to build wooden fires but when it comes to petroleum products, I'm a big chicken. But we shall prevail.

12 MPG is very excellent. You've got a huge engine on that Ram truck. I towed with a V6 Nissan Murano and got 14 MPG average. There were some mountains to climb in Appalachia but not as big as the west coast. The Parkliner might be taller and so more drag. I had to have the height, with 6'5" inside, for my sons who are both 6'2" and the younger one still growing.
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