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Lynnmor

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Posted: 10/23/19 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turn off the valves that go to the water heater, turn on the other one that goes between the two pipes.





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Posted: 10/23/19 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just the control switch is enough, but let it cool if water is hot. In your large pic the relief valve is to the upper right. You will see the blue circle, with the attached relief lever. It needs to be lifted for water to exit the spout.

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Posted: 10/23/19 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 10/23/19 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turning off the control switch should do the trick.
This is your T&P valve.
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this cool thing called Google found your owners manual.......

https://starcraftrv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2016-Autumn-Ridge.pdf


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Your bypass valve is in the first picture. It is the one with the blue collar around the bottom. If the pressure were to build in your HW tank to a dangerous level this valve opens and steam/water would exit. When you are draining your tank, remove the white nylon nut and the water will glug, glug out. If you open the pressure relief valve it will flow out quickly.

As far as your bypass valves go, from your picture, the cold water enters the tank from the bottom line. The valve in this line should be turned parallel to the line to allow the water to enter. As it heats it will leave through the top line. If the valve in this line is parallel to the line it will flow out of the HW tank and on to the faucets beyond. The valve you see IN BETWEEN the cold and hot lines is the bypass valve. When operating you want this valve closed. Turn it perpendicular to the line it is in. YOu want the cold coming in and the hot leaving without the chance of them mixing in the middle somewhere.

When you winterize you need to drain the HW tank and then turn the top and bottom valves perpendicular to the lines so no water can get into or out of the tank. Make sure you turn the bypass valve to be parallel to the line it is in. So, think about it, if water gets into the cold water line it will flow toward the tank but then turn and go out the hot water line. No water in the HW tank as it is now "bypassed".


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"Is turning off the heater from the control switches (next to water pump) enough or do I have to turn off the breaker."
I would rather be extra safe and turn off the breaker, maybe 10 seconds to do.
The temp/pressure relief valve is in the upper right area of the heater.
It's the brass body fixture with the open end. It has the blue collar on it and the lever is raised to slightly more than 90 degrees. Some say don't use it, others say open and close periodically, to give the air pocket. IF it leaks after being opened, just open and close a couple of times. If it ever fails, just go to a hardware store, box store, Lowes, Home Depot etc, as opposed to an RV store. same item either place but the cost $.

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Camper8251 wrote:

this cool thing called Google found your owners manual.......

https://starcraftrv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2016-Autumn-Ridge.pdf


Since I don't have that trailer, Google obviously didn't work for you. I downloaded the manual for my trailer. However, it's written for tons of different trailers so the information isn't very specific.

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Posted: 10/25/19 09:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all for the info. I feel much more informed now about my plumbing system.

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