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Old 07-26-2017, 11:21 PM   #1
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Brand new and a bit confused!

Hello everyone. We are new to the forum and to RV'ing in general. We took the leap and purchased a 2017 22FQSW Jay Feather. After a too quick orientation, hours on YouTube, and some research in forums like this, we are mostly ready for our maiden voyage. The one very confusing part is operation of the water heater. The manuals are generic and kind of useless, referring to bypass valves, etc. I went into Camping World to ask and they said to make sure the valves were in the "use" position and not shut off for winterization. I went home, pulled the cover off the water heater and don't find any kind of bypass valves. My build sheet says the trailer has them. There is what appears to be a pressure relief valve and water does come out when I open that. We just don't want to fire the heater up on our first trip and find out the tanks are empty and the valves are closed. Are we totally missing something here and worrying too much? It's an Atwood 6 gallon heater. Any insight would be appreciated. We're looking forward to participating in this forum. There is a lot of great information here!
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:32 PM   #2
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Hello to you. Congratulations on the new Jay Feather and welcome to the forum.

The bypass valves are on the opposite side of the water heater from the pressure relief valve. The pressure relief valve (drain, etc.) is on the outside of the trailer.

You will probably need to remove a panel on the inside of the trailer to see the bypass valves. Hopefully someone with a trailer like yours will be along soon with more specific info on which panel.

Hang in there! Virtually all of us began where you are right now.
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:52 PM   #3
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Hello from the western side of the Cascades and congrats on the new rig! Looking at exterior pictures and the floor plan there should be a plumbing access panel behind the toilet underneath the linen cabinets. You should find the by-pass valves there on the back side of the hot water tank.
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:58 PM   #4
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Looking at exterior pictures and the floor plan there should be a plumbing access panel behind the toilet underneath the linen cabinets. You should find the by-pass valves there on the back side of the hot water tank.
Boy, not that easy to get to!
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:50 AM   #5
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Hope this helps
The larger pics show normal position of the valves The Red arrow is pointing to the bypass valve and should be closed the other rtwo valves should be open

The smaller picture shows the valves when the heater is winterized
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:35 AM   #6
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Smile,

Welcome and congrats on the new rig!!!

As mentioned, look for the back side of the water heater.

As for your maiden voyage, consider stay at Camp Driveway for a couple nights. That way as you think of things you want/need in the rig you can grab them out of the house. And have a pad of paper to write stuff down as you think of things to add to the tt.

Do you have a list of the basics needed for a trip: wheel chocks, leveling boards/lego blocks, fresh water/sewer hoses, etc? If needed, we can help you with the needed items. Let us know if help is needed.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions!!!
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:20 AM   #7
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Congratulations on the new rig, and welcome to the forum! Yes, the manuals are very vague, but there are so many models and variations out there, printing a model specific manual for every one would be expensive, albeit a nice thing. Put a pencil and pad on the counter, and any questions that arise or things that you forgot to pack, jot it down. You'll find a lot of helpful fellow campers, too.
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Congratulations and welcome to the group - Just about any questions you may have can be answered by the great folks here..
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Here is how the valves will be positioned, bypass and normal, as stated above the valves are on the back side of the heater and access is from inside the trailer.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:04 PM   #10
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Not to try and confuse the issue further but there have been some posts reporting a new multi position valve system seemingly added in the 2017 model year that replaces the system shown above.
.https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...3-a-45602.html
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