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Old 10-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #11
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The only way to drain the tank is by removing the plug on an Atwood and the anode on a Surburban. Low point drains DO NOT empty the water heater.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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The only way to drain the tank is by removing the plug on an Atwood and the anode on a Surburban. Low point drains DO NOT empty the water heater.
plus when the time comes to replace your anode you don't need a torch, sledge hammer, and breaker bar! Always drain mine by pulling the plug.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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Lesson on how to destroy your RV plumbing.

Try to drain the water heater through the low point drains.

Anode bits and calcium nodules will be sucked into the pipes as water "glugs" out of the water heater and into your pipes (both cold and hot BTW). When you pressurize the system next year, that crud will be forced into your toilet's flush valve and the faucet valves clogging them.

Replacement is your only option.

Here is the entire "enchilada" for a 5th wheel.
Helpful guide to winterizing Forest River Rockwood/Flagstaff A-Frame
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #14
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Mmmm enchiladas!!! yum yum
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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Wow, glad I live in the south and don't winterize or drain my pipes!
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:05 AM   #16
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Some people overdramatize the winterization it's not as bad as it sounds.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:42 AM   #17
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Trick,#1 Buy a (1 1/16 6point socket).When you are ready to rethread the Anode rod bach in place paper over the socket and push the hex portion in the socket,this takes up the clearance (wiggle) between the two.Now you can put a extension in the drive end and you have a (Long handle to place the rod back in the threaded hole without (Floping around)! Trick#2 Use a Washing machine fill hose cut to a 16in long piece,screw on a garden hose a place in the open anode hole,then hold on and stand to the (Side), watch and wait for the (White Junk) to stop coming out. Ps give the other half of the cutoff hse to a R/V buddy! Youroo!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #18
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Just hook up one of these and save yourself some time removing the node everytime.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:58 PM   #19
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #20
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Just hook up one of these and save yourself some time removing the node everytime.
Are you suggesting to not use an anode rod, or just use this while winterizing (or on an atwood water heater that won't require an anode rod))?
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