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Old 04-25-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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How to Manually Retract Slide & Why No Water Heater Anode?

Hi, We recently purchased a 2011 Jayco Eagle Superlite 256RKS. Unfortunately, we didn't get any manual for the trailer nor for the appliances. In the process of doing maintenance and mods, getting ready for the camping season, a couple of questions have come up. I'm hoping maybe someone here can advise me.

This has a 13' deep slide, with the refrigerator in the slide. I haven't yet figured out how to manually retract the slide, should it ever fail to retract normally. Can someone please advise me?

Our last TT was a Forest River Rockwood, and it had one of those long anodes in the water heater that are designed to deteriorate due to the minerals in the water, and need to be replaced at least once a season. I thought that all RV water heaters had these anodes. So inside the exterior access to the hot water heater, I found the plug that I thought was the anode. I went to remove it and it is a plastic screw in plug, which surprised me, but there was no anode.

At first, I thought perhaps the previous owner had replaced the anode with a plastic plug, but two facts argue against that. 1) the diameter of the screw in plug is smaller than what I thought is the standard diameter of these anodes sold for RV's. And 2) even were I to find an anode with the smaller diameter threaded plug, the exterior plumbing near the plug is such that one could not really insert a long anode in there. So it appears to me that this is supposed to be a plug. So I am wondering, is there no anode? I thought all RV's had water heater anodes. Please advise.

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On my 2014, 30.5, directly across from the slide, on the other side of the TT, under the belly, there is a removable piece of plastic that exposes the crank point
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The plastic plug you describe, if it's at the bottom, may be the drain plug.

Don't know about my 2014, but I never replaced an anode on the 07 TT. Didn't even know there was one.
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Water heater, you probably have an Atwood which is aluminum and an anode is not recommended. Should have a plastic plug in place of the anode. The other popular heater is Suburban which is stainless steel and does require an anode.
Manual retract, not familiar with your model. We have the polar blah, blah which in part means a corrugated plastic cover on the belly. For the 2 back slides there are " hatches" about 2x2 that will give access to the slide motors. There is a hex drive in the same location for a socket/ratchet to retract. Don't recall the size but 3/4 would be a starting guess. Lie on my back and crank away for abt 45 min. The motor is on the side opposite the slide.
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Thanks very much for your responses! Much appreciated! Now I know I don't have to look for a water heater anode.

And tomorrow, I will crawl under the trailer and see if I can find "hatches" to access to the slide motors. My trailer does in fact have an enclosed underbelly -- the corrugated black plastic cover RedHorse1 spoke of.
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Have you looked everywhere for your assortment of appliance installed manuals. I found mine in a large package stuck in between the water heater and the trailer wall. My other trailer they were all in piled up in a kitchen drawer.

You can build up your installed appliance MANUAL PDFs pretty easy on GOOGLE. Just enter the appliance part number followed by the word MANUAL and usually one will pop-up for you to download.

Being old school I like having a manual around to thumb through...

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I would highly recommend you go to Jayco.com and at least download the owner's manual for your unit. It is under the customer service tab. Congrats on the new to you unit. I am sure you will have loads of fun. Lots of luck locating the manual slide. You never need it, until you do! lol
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Have you looked everywhere for your assortment of appliance installed manuals. I found mine in a large package stuck in between the water heater and the trailer wall. My other trailer they were all in piled up in a kitchen drawer.

You can build up your installed appliance MANUAL PDFs pretty easy on GOOGLE. Just enter the appliance part number followed by the word MANUAL and usually one will pop-up for you to download.

Being old school I like having a manual around to thumb through...

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I did go to Jayco.com and was able to download the Owner's Manual for my year and model. I'm glad that my printer has the capability to print on both sides of the sheet, so that the manual is 1/2 as bulky -- it was 91 pages.

I've been through the TT everywhere, and I did find a manual for one appliance -- I believe it is the stove, but there is nothing else. The previous owners were very hard on this unit. They bought it new, used it for a while, got everything very dirty and broke a few things (no it wasn't kids -- suprisingly, a guy in his sixties and a woman in her late 50's), then left it sit in the driveway the last year and a half, where a lawn sprinkler head pounded one side and left mineral deposits (we finally were able to remove them). But my wife has cleaned it thoroughly, I fixed everything, brought the delayed maintenance up to date, and am doing various mods. In spite of the work, it was still a very good buy, as we bought it well under market, and from a private party, which in my state meant that I paid no sales tax when I transferred the title and registered it.

I'll see if I can locate that access point to the slide motor today. I'll also put it on my to do list to make a list of make and model numbers of all appliances and find pdf manuals online and print out. Great suggestion! Thanks again to each and every one of you who responded for all your help. Very much appreciated!
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snip......Now I know I don't have to look for a water heater anode.....snip
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Just a heads-up, the plastic plugs can leak after removing/replacing a couple of times so having a few extras on hand is recommended (cheap). Also, clean out the sediment build-up inside the 'cup' of the plastic plug if you re-use it.

Note, always use plastic plugs in an Atwood WH because any type of metal plug with cause a corrosive reaction.

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