Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How-to #29: Installing an RV Water Heater Bypass Kit

A water heater bypass is used to, well, bypass your water heater. Why? There are several reasons to mod your plumbing system with a bypass but the most popular is for winterizing. Your RV water heater typically holds 6-10 gallons of water. In order to prevent having to fill your water heater completely with antifreeze during winterization, a bypass is installed to eliminate the water tank from the plumbing circuit, and so both the hot and cold water systems are tied together. This can save you a lot of money and it makes de-winterizing much easier. Here's how to install one in your RV.