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Old 09-25-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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New 23B Owner

Well, we've picked up our new TT :
We had a very nice 2200 mile round trip with "Little Feather" happily in tow on the return. We got 17.9 mpg outbound and 8.9 mpg on the return. The TV is our '03 Ford Expedition 5.4 (she's a thirsty little truck).
1st observation is the "starter kit" sewer hose is worthless. 10' long and nothing to secure it in the dump pipe. So for you beginners (like me) show up with a REAL sewer hose. I bought a Sewer Solution and so far I love it. I did get the 10' extension and it will reach 20'.

And a question. Where is the water heater bypass?

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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Welcome Redhorse! The bypass should be near the water heater on the inside of the trailer and will include three valves.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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As Lee stated most likely you have the three valve by-pass system (some manufactures also use a two valve system). The actual piped location of the valve and type of valve may very a little, but this is the basic principle of how the three valve system works:






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Thanks guys. I've seen the diagrams but can't find the valves. The heater comprtment is screwed shut and I haven't opened it up yet. I took a quick peek under the trailer but didn't spot it. A little more searching is in order.
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Perhaps another 23FB owner will chime in as to its exact location.
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Thanks guys. I've seen the diagrams but can't find the valves. The heater comprtment is screwed shut and I haven't opened it up yet. I took a quick peek under the trailer but didn't spot it. A little more searching is in order.
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I have the X20E which it's just about the same camper but 3 feet shorter. Mine is under the plywood that is screwed down under one of the seat cushions.

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Jbwjbw, thx. That's where I thought I'd look next. I'll post an update when I've checked.
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I have an X23b. The valves are located under the port side seat in the dinette area. You'll need to unscrew the wood seat panel to access it. Three valve system.
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Congrats on the new 23B...we have an '06. My bypass valves are right next to the water heater under the bench seat on the "drivers side" of the dinette. My plywood lids, all 3 of them, were not screwed down. Makes for easy access to all the storage compartments and the drawer in case it gets stuck.

On our maiden voyage (we bought the camper used from a private individual) I noticed the water wasn't very hot. After looking all over on the outside of the water heater for a thermostat dial I looked inside and found the bypass valve opened. I closed it off and now you can cook macaroni with the water right out of the tap...just kidding but it is really hot!!

There is no temperature adjustment on my water heater, just a fixed thermostat that is schmucked onto the side of the tank. You can see it from the outside door.

Check out my threads in the mods section. I revealed some very underutilized storage and added a shore power inlet. You probably will too after your cord gets hopelessly wadded up in the inaccessable compartment that it is crammed into.

My next mods are as follows: 2 gallon captive air tank on the water system, add real drawers to the compartment next to the stove...mine has three cheesy low impact plastic totes on some aluminum channel slides, and build a mini flat panel door for the area above the radio.

If you get an opportunity, post a picture of the overhead cabinet next to the door. I'm considering building a wall cabinet to fit there but I'm afraid people might crack their coconut on it.
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Rusty, Mcfarm,
Thx mucho. Will look in under the bench. I've already started 'fussing' at the power cord. Have seen many posts re: installing the plug there.
Mc farm, the cab next to the door has the radio/CD player installed there. I think earlier versions had a cab there and tv on a shelf below. My tv is mounted below the stereo next to the door. I will be out of town this week but will try to remember to take the pic soon. Your descr of the 'cheesy' totes is interesting, ours has nothing in the cabs but the shelves. Thinking about a sliding tray of some kind. My water heater is adjustable and I agree that it will cook macaroni with tap water.
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