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Old 02-27-2010, 11:45 PM   #11
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ok i kind of thought that but seeing it somehow makes me feel better.. this year it snowed again for the first time since i can remember two years back to back.. it was pretty cold so i will probably still be leery {sp}. especially since i read that if the tank is not full when power is thrown to the anode rod it could "cause damage..

so to prevent damage do i hook up the water and "bleed" the lines before i hook up the power? and will i hear the heater filling up?

sorry these may seem like basic questions but i have never done this before
No worries Bente, better to ask the questions before you cost yourself a lot of money

What I do is connect a water hose to the city water and open the cold faucets one at a time till water flows. Then open the hot water faucets until water flows. If you arent bypassing the tank it will fill with water and it will take a few minutes to do so before you get water out of the hot faucets. Turn on your shower and flush your toilet until you get water too. This is pretty much the same thing you did with the compressed air, just refilling the system with water now.

It's the electric element in the tank you will burn up if you don't have water in there and you turn on the electric element (if you have one), not the annode.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:47 PM   #12
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You probably won't hear water filling the tank in the water heater, but when you open the hot water on your sink while the water is connected, you will hear it sputter a bit, when it flows without air flutter and sputter, your tank will be full
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:57 PM   #13
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so basically what you are both saying is i need to turn on the water first thing.. before i hook up the "shore power".. i have a tt so am i wrong? when i think there is a seprate {sp} breaker switch that i have to throw on before the electricty will burn the element up. because i would hate to think that the electricty that flowed to the tt during the trip would burn up the element..

once again proabably dumb question to seasoned campers.. but the only experience in camping has been provided to me by trial and error. and errors cost money. i don't mind looking stupid but when it costs me money it feels worse
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:33 AM   #14
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Bente, look at your breaker box, you should have a breaker for the water heater, also, when you open the cover for the water heater, looking to the left side of the plug and up a bit, usually hidden by a bunch of stuff there is a switch located there, most often it is in the off position, there is also a little cotter key type pin that locks this switch open. Chances are, the electric is shut off at this switch. Either way, if either of the switch or the breaker is off, you shouldn't have to worry about burning up the element.

For the most part, I plan to keep the electric element turned off, there may be a time that I choose to use this, but for now, I plan on using the gas to heat the water.

There are some here who use both and claim it has a faster recovery rate. I too am new to having an electric element in the water heater, so maybe sometime in the future I will use it. My previous trailer, a pop-up had only the gas heat in the water heater.

ps, no dumb questions, just listen to the advice when given, some people occasionally argue good advice without sound reasoning behind their argument
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ok thanks for all the info...
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:36 PM   #16
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I followed NWJeepers advice and blew out the lines, cfoistman also has made an adapter for quickconnect to the aircompressor and fit it to the city water line, obviously low pressure, (40psi max).

Two weeks ago I went camping for the weekend, came home and re-winterized in less than 10 minutes. Less than 1/2 gallon antifreeze into toilet and traps,

I will never again hesitate to "Filler up and go". Thanks guys...

Get out there and enjoy the spring weather and blow the lines out when you get done.
Here's the adapter I made: Bought everything at HD.

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Air adapter

Here's mine, little different, but similar, notice I wrote 40 PSI on the side as a reminder to reduce the hose pressure before I connect
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that is cool i will have to make something like that. i bought a adapter from campig world that i used
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:29 AM   #19
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We're in Jemison just south of Birmingham. We'll be dewinterizing in about 10 days!
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