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Old 04-08-2016, 06:16 AM   #11
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One cutoff valve is used in the newer configurations along with a one way valve. The one way is on the output of the water heater and looks like a standard pipe nipple. The one way is prone to failure. I removed the innards of mine and installed a by-pass using the old method.

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Old 04-08-2016, 05:43 PM   #12
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My previous trailer, the hot water tank was in the storage area as well. My Premier has the single knob bypass, works fine so far.

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Old 04-18-2016, 04:35 PM   #13
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I have the Cougar 288RLS and just discovered that my water heater is also behind a panel in the storage compartment <ugh!!>. Could they have made it any harder to get to?!?! Looks like I may have to remove two panels to get to it. I'm hoping after I determine where exactly the hot water heater is I can cut a small hole in the one panel and simply reach in whenever I have to turn the bypass valve on or off. I'm hoping for the short term the valve is in the open position so that I don't have to worry about it for now, although I'm glad I discovered this now rather than after I left for a camping trip!!
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:32 PM   #14
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Many owners have to remove one panel to access the HW heater but it seems unusual to have to remove two. The only time I have to remove the single panel is during the winterizing and de-winterizing processes. I am not one of those who drain and refill the HW tank after and/or before each trip. Been doing this since Day 1 without any issues.

Since I only remove and replace the single panel twice during the season, gaining access to the bypass valve is not a big problem for me but I can see in some cases for some people it might be.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:11 PM   #15
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I don't empty my hot water tank after every trip either. Only if it will be sitting for a real long time. The one panel I need to remove is sort of underneath the middle panel (the one edge rests underneath the second panel) and also has a bunch of electrical gadgets attached to it (cable connection, electrical connection & light) not to mention a lot of screws. Once I see what I'm dealing with I'm hoping to cut a hole big enough so that I can reach in easily and turn the valve on and off. I'd rather not have to go through removing and reattaching the panel each year to winterize the trailer and risk stripping the screws. I'm just annoyed that I now need to empty out the storage area to remove the panel(s) to see what I'm dealing with. But like I said, glad I discovered this now rather than at the campground!
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:47 AM   #16
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If you do a forum search, there was a recent thread that shows an access port added to the wall to eliminate having to remove the entire panel.
BTW, NJDudette, Welcome from Central Cal - I was born and raised just a little way down 94 in Blairstown.

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Old 04-19-2016, 06:50 AM   #17
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Nice to meet you jsmith948! Grew up in the Newton area and moved back there after some years away (living in Morris County). I love the country, but not the commute back down to Morris County during the week. I'll look for the thread you mentioned.
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:09 PM   #18
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Yeah, that's crazy that the factory doesn't install these basement panels with at least an access hole already cut out. Even though you only have to access the water heater bypass valve twice a year, it is a major pain to have to remove that giant panel. I actually just completed installation of the deck plate access hatch on my 2015 28SGS today. here is a link to that thread: http://www.keystonerv.org/forums/sho...776#post204776

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