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Old 10-27-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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Hi everyone- I am hoping to find someone else with this model that can help us locate our water heater bypass valve. We have a 2014 Cruiser Aire 28FB, which comes equipped with the bypass and the EZ winterizing system, as far as I know! I thought the service guy said on our walk through that we just had to turn our water intake on the back of the unit to winterize, and that would automatically bypass the hot water- but apparently that's not the case, as antifreeze was very shortly pouring out of the open plug on the heater. There is nowhere inside to access the water heater, not even a screwed-in panel, due to the layout of the trailer.
Any ideas? Obviously we are doing this for the first time, and don't want to screw it up in one of our unforgiving winters up here!
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Is you're water heater located in the bedroom on the streetside? If so, then there may be an access from the underbed storage area?
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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No- it's street-side, but at the rear of the trailer. Inside at that point is the lower bunk bed, and there is no access beneath it...
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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I wonder if the check valve is stuck or faulty on the hot water heater cold water inlet side?????

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Old 10-27-2013, 10:10 PM   #5
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Ours is at the rear under the lower bunk, you need to remove the panel in the rear outside storage area to access the valves. I cut a large circular hole in it, so you can reach in to turn them without removing the panel.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #6
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Wow, are you kidding?? That sounds like our setup- it's below our lower bunk. So we will have to empty our stuff out of that storage area and see what's behind that panel. Who on earth thought THAT would be a good design?? And I love how ambiguous it is in the manual, too. Would it really have cost too much to put a unit-specific instruction page for finding this mystery valve in each RV? Jeez.
Thanks so much for the tip- let you know if I find it!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:33 AM   #7
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Just one of many reasons this forum is a valuable resource. Manufactures leave a lot for us to discover on our own. This forum has been informative and helpful for so many of us it is a great community.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:51 AM   #8
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Glad you got help. This is one reason I have always said that the designers need to spend some time camping in the trailers they design, then maybe they would make some things a little more user friendly.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:33 AM   #9
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HA HA, we found it!!
There was a panel underneath the mattress on the lower bunk bed that could be lifted out. I am quite sure this was not mentioned during the walkthrough... I would have remembered that!! So next time, we will know better, and it will be easy peasy! All we had to do was turn the two valves for the bypass, attach a small length of hose to the water intake on the back, switch it to "winterize", and then we turned on the water pump and opened all the taps one at a time until the pink came out. No problem! We got a little into our black tank flusher, too.
Thank you all so much for your help- I can't agree more- this is a great resource and great community. So glad to have somewhere to ask all my questions, and I hope I can answer some for someone else!
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I've discovered this. The owner's manual is very generic and doesn't really help with some very basic questions. This forum is great and I've had several questions answered.
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