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Old 05-22-2016, 12:26 AM   #1
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Question How to fill hot water tank - newbie needs help

I have a brand new 2016 Jayflight Travel Trailer. I think I'm just not getting it when it comes to filling the hot water heater. It seems it should be simple. Can I ask someone to give me directions on how to fill the tank? I guess I need one of those DUMMIES books. So, at this point, I have plenty of fresh water in the holding tank. The drain plug on the exterior hot water heater has been screwed in and I have some of that white tape on the threads. So, next I turned on the pump and I think it filled up. I am plugged in to A/C power at home right now.
1. I used the pump (button) to fill the tank. (The book is confusing on this, or maybe I am the confused one)
2. So, if step one is correct, then should the pump shut off automatically when the water heater has been filled?
3. If #1 and #2 are correct, then how do I heat up the water, and what does the hot water sink tap and pressure relief value have to do with this?
Yea, so you see, I don't get it...that's the part I need help with.
By the way, I have the LP tank open and LP is running through the line because I lit the stove and oven during my "pre-flight" so far.

So, I might be in some trouble here because I thought I did everything right, according to directions in the book. I noticed some water leaking near the hot water tank, and it appears that the leaking might be where the blue intake line goes into the water heater, but I can't be sure where the leak is coming from. It's hard to get into that area under the bunk.or from outside.

So next I kinda freaked out when I saw the leak, and I thought that maybe it had something to do with this pressure relief valve or the hot water faucet. I could not be sure the leak started when I filled the tank, OR, when I tried to heat up the water. So, I decided to start over and try to troubleshoot the leak. I drained the hot water tank..unscrewed the drain plug and let the water out. I did this thinking I didn't want water in the tank if something is leaking, and I want everything dry.

So, I'd like to troubleshoot this, but I think I need better understand the steps to fill the tank, and then heat the water in the tank. I was thinking that I would re-fill the hot water tank tomorrow, and as that is filling, feel back in there to see if there is a leak at that point. If there is, it seems that maybe the water intake blue line might not be tightened down. If that's the case, I'll take it in on warranty. But, my bigger worry is that if the leak is the water heater itself. Argghh. OMG, did I do something wrong maybe when I heated the water? I did release the pressure valve, but only water came out. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:54 AM   #2
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If your just using water from you fresh water tank (water hose not hooked up to city water supply), then turn water pump on (it will kick off when water pressure reaches a certain pressure). There are 2 different ways to ensure hot water tank is full . 1) with pump on, turn on hot water at facet until all air is bled out... 2) outside at the hot water tank there is a pressure relief port. With pump on open that until air is bled out. Do not turn on water heater until all air is bled out (should only take a min or two). I would fix the leak before using again. If you don't have the proper tool to crimp it tighter, you could probably just remove the clamp and use a screw type hose clamp. If tightened properly, it should fix it just fine. Or you can take it back to dealer.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:38 AM   #3
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Since you are using the fresh water tank, the water pump will run until the hot water tank is full. This could be more than a couple minutes if your hot water tank was empty. As JWS said, open the hot water faucet to let all the air out. Some of the new rigs have 10 gallon hot water heaters so it may take a while for the water pump to shut off. If you open the outside pressure relief valve on the hot water heater and water comes out, it is full.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:36 AM   #5
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Check and tighten the fittings on the back of the heater where water lines attach. I had one work its way loose and leak. Also had one leak at the pump. Make it a habit to check all of your connections at least once a season as they can work their way loose while travelling. I check the connections at each faucet, the water heater and the pump at the start of the season ad every now and then during the season. The fittings are hand tightened.
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OK. Thanks to all. I will do everything you said and report back. I hope I can get to that connection and hope that is where it leaked from. That is a super tight spot, but I'll give it a go.
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Hey thanks to everyone. Your suggestions worked, but I found that I did have a problem...I pulled the cheap panel off that protects the water heater (from under the bed). Then as my son started filling the tank, I was watching all the connections to see if there was a leak. One of the fittings that goes directly into the tank is leaking...so we found it! Whew. You folks are great and really helped me out.
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Hey thanks to everyone. Your suggestions worked, but I found that I did have a problem...I pulled the cheap panel off that protects the water heater (from under the bed). Then as my son started filling the tank, I was watching all the connections to see if there was a leak. One of the fittings that goes directly into the tank is leaking...so we found it! Whew. You folks are great and really helped me out.
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Glad you got it figured out. BTW, welcome aboard
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Glad to hear you got it figured out. Hope all else goes well, and is trouble free !!!!
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