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Old 04-04-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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Questions about Hot Water Tank

I'm planning on taking my 98 Burro out for the first time this year on Wednesday. So I'm getting it all set up.

I have a question about the hot water tank... I'm brand new to trailers with plumbing and so I'm wondering, is there a separate tank that fills up that gets heated for the hot water? How does this fill up? Can I see it (I looked, not sure where it is), and see how much water is in it? I am not sure how much it holds, either.

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Old 04-04-2016, 10:22 AM   #2
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Yes- There is a seperate hot water tank
No - There is no level Guage to visually see the level in the tank.
Most RV water heaters have a capacity of 6 gallons
The water heater is filled from your on board water tank or from the campground water supply if hooked up .
The water heater is just a minature version of your homes water heater.
The system is no more complicated than the hot water system in you residence
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:23 AM   #3
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Ok thanks!
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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Are you sure you even have a hot water tank. not all campers do
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Are you sure you even have a hot water tank. not all campers do
Nor a fresh water tank, nor a gray water tank or any combination thereof. Look under the benches in the dinette.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:39 AM   #6
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It does.. has grey and black... since I had to replace them last fall. When I bought it they were somehow gone, which was weird. I bought it from a good friend so I trust her. Also has fresh as I just filled it.

And I played around with the water heater last fall, got it running, to make sure I knew how.
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Good Cynthia, do you have a manual for the hot water heater? If not, have you checked the Document Center? http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/downloads.php
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So you just need to be sure the hot water tank is full before lighting it, or turning it on if electric. We have not used our fresh water tank as we have always been connected to campground water. After connecting the water hose I open the hot water faucet to bleed out the air and allow the tank to fill. I have "heard" ( can't verify) that if the water level is low in the hot water tank and it gets too hot it will destroy the high temp sensor and it is not replaceable. I converted our hot water tank to electric, can still use gas too
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Good Cynthia, do you have a manual for the hot water heater? If not, have you checked the Document Center? http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/downloads.php
I don't, and I haven't, thanks! I'll do that.
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So you just need to be sure the hot water tank is full before lighting it, or turning it on if electric. We have not used our fresh water tank as we have always been connected to campground water. After connecting the water hose I open the hot water faucet to bleed out the air and allow the tank to fill. I have "heard" ( can't verify) that if the water level is low in the hot water tank and it gets too hot it will destroy the high temp sensor and it is not replaceable. I converted our hot water tank to electric, can still use gas too
Okay thanks for the information! I believe the hot water tank is only propane heated, not electric. That'd be nice if it were electric too. I'll have to look into that.
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Our water heater is propane only. We turn it on for about a half hour in the morning and then turn it on again to do the evening dishes. Also turn it on prior to taking a shower. Water stays hot/warm.
If you connect to city water and then open the relief valve ( pix ) and let water flow for a few minutes, you will ensure that the tank is full.
Your heater may vary from the pics, but valve is top centre in pix. You can see water coming out in second picture.
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Ah excellent thank you! That does look just like mine. I am planning on using the hot water for showers a few times in the next couple of weeks. How long does it take for the water to heat up?
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I have one like Glenn's, depending on how cold the water is going into the tank it can take 15 to 30 minutes to be hot enough for a shower. Less time for doing dishes or washing hands.
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I have one like Glenn's, depending on how cold the water is going into the tank it can take 15 to 30 minutes to be hot enough for a shower. Less time for doing dishes or washing hands.
Great, that doesn't seem like very long.
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