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Old 04-23-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Good day to check out the water system

With the weather finally above freezing for more than a few hours each day, I decided to hook up water and test the system.

Grab the hose, break out the new regulator, connect everything and apply water pressure and set the manifold knobs to NORMAL . . . Nothing inside, not a drop.

Back to the manifold knobs and try a few other knob position options, I can hear the tank beginning to fill - flow, check. Look at the WH bypass, goesinta and goesoutta lines closed, bypass open, check, should have flow. Manifold knobs back to NORMAL go inside and still dry . . . Well what the?

Call a buddy who know these things. He explains to me that I failed to translate the labeling on the panel to Amish. NORMAL means using a water tank and a pump. City Fixture means connected to a pressurized water source.

It a 37 foot rolling carpeted vacation home with AC, wide screen TV and solid surface counter tops - NORMAL should mean hot n cold running water without filling a tank.

No disrespect to these who rely on tank & pump for their water supply - it's all tongue in cheek. Would be kinda nice if Jayco would add pics and explanation in the owner manual.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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LOL!

They should just avoid using the word "normal". What is "normal" anyway?! There are 3 tons of people on this forum whose "normal" situation is boon docking... What's wrong with "pump" and "city"?

Drives me nuts when the weather people say "normal temperature for this time of year is xx". What they really mean is "statistical average for this day"; the word "normal" is very misleading and should be used sparingly.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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I de-winterized ours today as well. Sanitized the fresh water tank and started pressurizing the system and, to my great surprise, no water coming out of the hot water side, nothing, nadda, zilch. I had gone to the hot water heater tank and turned the little knobs to what I thought was the right directions, but I was afraid that I had forgotten to drain the tank last fall when winterizing and perhaps messed something up. So, went to the water heater tank again, turned one knob one way and another the other way and, lo and behold, the hot water heater tank started filling and everything worked great. Let it set for about four hours and started draining the system, taking out the plug from the hot water heater tank, and got drenched when the water spurted out the drain hole. Oh well, didn't hurt anything and we are almost now ready for our first trip this spring, about 2,500 miles out to California to see Yosemite and Sequoia with stops before in Nampa, ID, Elko, NV, Truckee, CA to see Tahoe and then afterwards to Palm Desert and on to Zion and Salt Lake and then home. Will be gone about three weeks, most time away from home for six years.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:19 PM   #4
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I always thought that the handle told the story of open or closed, when crossed (T shaped it was closed )' and when lined up, it was open.

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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I always thought that the handle told the story of open or closed, when crossed (T shaped it was closed )' and when lined up, it was open.
Yea, that's exactly what I expected and confirmed for the WH bypass. The 2 other valves on the panel are those needing improved labeling.
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:38 AM   #6
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The instructions for the Utility Center can be had @ Jayco.com > Owner Support > Owner's Manuals > 2012 Pinnacle pdf, Section 7 - Plumbing Systems
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:19 AM   #7
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Good thought Mike. Gosh it has pictures and explanations of the different valve settings. Page 48 of the 2012 Pinnacle manual should have been carried over to the 2014 Eagle Premier
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I am soooo glad I am not the only one who got a shower opening the hot water drain to drain the hot water heater! Lol.
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At least the weather wasn't freezing. I even had the pump off, but it just kept spraying. It never fails, I almost always get wet. It seems it's just part of the job. Fortunately, the sanitizing solution wasn't strong enough to bleach out my coat or clothes.
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I am soooo glad I am not the only one who got a shower opening the hot water drain to drain the hot water heater! Lol.
I don't get it. When I drain mine, I just pull the plug, it creates a vapor lock and just dribbles out. I then back up a few feet, stand aside and reach up and pull the pressure vent up top open and then it really flows out (destroys the vapor lock). But I'm out of the way so it doesn't matter. I only got a little on my shoe the first time I drained the WH, since then I've stayed dry.
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