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Old 06-06-2003, 10:55 PM   #29
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Don't forget CLR. but I don't think it likes aluminum so watch that. viniger sounds good too. the hotter the better. I guess the use-to-be-owner never cleaned out the tank.
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Old 06-07-2003, 01:23 PM   #30
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My Pharmacist buddy pointed out that it would be hard to harm myself or my tt with vinegar. Good point. I took his advise and started with the most benign of the acids I was considering.

I now have 3 gallons of vinegar and 3 gallons of water in the water heater. I have it set to HIGH …. it smells like a pickle factory.:banana I will give it several hours at temp and see what happens.

I love science experiments – especially ones that smell.
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:15 PM   #31
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I found the problem. :sporty

In the cold water intake is a little plastic valve consisting of a white plastic piston shaped like an automotive valve with an O Ring on it. There is a spring that presses the piston and O Ring into the valve body.

I believe this was designed to keep the water in the water heater if the pressure on the cold water line drops. It is hard to tell how exactly it functioned, since it came out in pieces.:censor

I believe without the return spring in place the valve was sticking and causing a slight vacuum in the hot water tank this cut off the flow on the hot water side until this pressure was equalized.

Thanks to everyone for the help!:ola

It was not a total loss. I am no longer afraid to pull my little egg apart. I have the bench removal down to about 5 minutes.

Since I had the bench out anyway I tested my battery and found the FO had not quite spoken the truth when he told me the battery had just been replaced. :splat

The Casita battery was more likely used as a replacement in another rig.

I found a small old Marine battery with several dead cells in the battery box. :reyes

I replaced it with the local battery warehouse’s best RV battery that would fit the battery box. :thumb

I am starting to be very skeptical about everything the FO told me he had recently done to the tt. I think I can use his comments as a list of things I should check right away. He seemed like such a nice guy – marriage counselor by trade – hum?.......:wak

At least the exterior and the interior including the furnishings are in really nice shape.

I will look for parts tomorrow. I am also having pilot problems. If the water heater turns out to have too many problems I will just replace it. I found an exact replacement water heater for $195. It looks fairly easy to replace, especially now that I have all the lines disconnected.

Thanks again.
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Old 06-11-2003, 06:27 AM   #32
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Pilot Problems

New, out of the box, my Casita had trouble keeping the pilot lit. There is a metal deflector on the pilot that, well, deflects the pilot flame up onto the thermocouple that keeps the gas valve open. The flame was being deflected off to the side, missing the thermocouple. I bent the deflector back with with a bent nose pin nose pliers. No problems since.

Once lit, you can usually see where the flame is directed.

While doing some plumbing work, I removed the kick plate on the back wall, at the floor wall junction. I was surprised to find a wire mesh water filter in the line between the water storage tank and the rest of the system. You might eyeball it as long as you have one of the benches out and access is easy. You're not having a problem with the cold side, but as long as you're there...
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Old 06-11-2003, 12:57 PM   #33
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Thanks Steve - good idea.

My pilot flame is too small to heat the thermocouple enough to open the gas valve. It could be my propane regulator or a clogged pilot assembly.

The folks at San Diego Trailer Supply told me if I remove the pilot assembly they will test it for free. I have been in there enough lately that they are calling me by my first name.

The malfuctioning valve turned out to be the Cold Water Intake Check Valve. You can see it in Suz pluming photos. It is the brass fitting that screws directly into the COLD connector on the water tank. The T fitting screws into it

Trailer pluming will put you in your place in the Universe. :yep

I learned a lot this week - thanks to everyone here at this forum.
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Old 06-11-2003, 03:05 PM   #34
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water heater replacement

Mark:

If you're thinking of replaceing the hot water heater, The deluxe kind with DSI ignition is really, really nice (not cheap) but you might get to like it. :)
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