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Old 09-16-2015, 12:37 PM   #11
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I just open the bypass valves, and run the hot water until all the air is bled out and water comes. As the water comes off the top of the tank, you know it is full. Relief valves are not really meant to be regularly used.
True - that's a better method. Thanks.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:09 PM   #12
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Congratulations. Nice to know details and that all went well. I wonder if ETI would mind personal recording of the orientations. That may help some, as there are lots of details to remember.
A suggestion for those who don't see out the window easily: Another bench cushion to put on top of the existing one, or just a small personal cushion or pillow.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:55 PM   #13
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Thanks all! The ETI manual said to refer to the unit's manual, and that manual hasn't been clear to us. So, Jim Bennett and RBryan, so how do we fill the hot water tank? Does it automatically fill by way hooking into the city water and/or our trailer's water tank? This is where we are confused now. Thanks for your input!
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:01 PM   #14
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Connect to city water.
If you choose to use pressure relief valve to check if it is full, it's top, centre in this pic ( with water coming out ).
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:14 PM   #15
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Thanks all! The ETI manual said to refer to the unit's manual, and that manual hasn't been clear to us. So, Jim Bennett and RBryan, so how do we fill the hot water tank? Does it automatically fill by way hooking into the city water and/or our trailer's water tank? This is where we are confused now. Thanks for your input!
Hi: P&L... The hot water heater will fill auto., as long as the white bypass valves(->---<-) are pointing along the water lines and the hot water tap is open. Wait till all the air is purged from the tank and water starts to flow. At that point the tank is full and stays full till you drain it for winterizing or flushing.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:21 PM   #16
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Thanks all! This is what we needed to understand! Didn't want to go without hot water for the duration our trip! On to Montasano Washington for some coastal scenery!

I'll submit photos soon!
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:05 PM   #17
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Thank you so much for this post - it was very helpful!!! Had you ever pulled a trailer before your Escape? I signed up for lessons (the day after orientation as well) but wondering now whether I should take them. Did they talk about hills (braking, downshifting)? Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:31 PM   #18
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Thanks much for the post and congratulations on your new trailer. I think your idea of watching the orientation video before picking up your trailer is spot on.

Like any new thing, a travel trailer is a bit intimidating at first, but before you know it you become familiar with all the systems and it starts to make sense. And in the meantime you are having a ton of fun.
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Definitely found your notes handy as I'm starting to prepare for our pickup in a couple months. The build sheet is done and I think I'm done but no, there's so much we still need to learn now!

And Leon, thank you for the encouragement. It is intimidating but clearly based on this forum it sounds like there's a lot of fun involved too!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:29 PM   #20
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Great write up Lorna! We picked up our 5.0 TA last Tuesday and we also found watching the video a few times before orientation to be most helpful.
We stayed at Hidden Village ioin Lynden. Wish we had stayed at the KOA. Not our best choice. Glad that everything is working out for you! We have been staying either 2 or 3 nights at each campground. Makes a big difference. Helps to learn things about the trailer. We have enjoyed the State Parks in Oregon. Ft Stevens, sunset Bay in Coos Bay and today we are at Harris Beach and saw a beautiful sunset!
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