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Old 09-04-2012, 01:07 AM   #21
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This maybe a silly question, but after u drain the water heater how do you fill it back up? Do you put water in fresh water tank then it pumps from there? Thanks
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:17 AM   #22
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Here's my routine to winterize. Turn the three valves to isolate the water heater from the rest of the water supply system. Open up the water heater from the outside, let it drain out by unscrewing the anode holder, check the anode, replace if necessary, screw the anode back in, leave it empty for the winter. Then drain the rest of the water supply. Then put in pink water supply anti-freeze for the winter. Then in the spring, drain the pink stuff, turn the three valves back, fill the water supply part way, flush it out til it's no longer pink, then put in another batch of water with some Chlorox to sanitize, then drain again, then fill and you're in business. The key tidbit is that you NEVER want to get the pink liquid in your water heater.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:21 AM   #23
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This maybe a silly question, but after u drain the water heater how do you fill it back up? Do you put water in fresh water tank then it pumps from there? Thanks
Replace the plug, make sure the bypass valves are set correctly, then either turn on your water pump or have water to the city water connection, and open a hot water faucet somewhere in the camper. The water heater takes a little while to fill.

Before turning on the electric element or gas burner, double check that the water heater is full by flipping out the pressure relief valve on the top outside part of the water heater.....you should get water out of that. The reason for doing that is just in case you haven't set the bypass valves correctly, you may have gotten water to your faucets and the water heater is still empty.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #24
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My WH is right at the very front of the TT (extra tounge weight) and I'm also close to the GVW of the TT,6 gl of water weighing about 90lbs, so I drain the WH before I leave the campground every time. I have a universal anode rod that is fitted with a pet-cock in the end so it's just a matter of opening the pet-cock to drain the WH.
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My WH is right at the very front of the TT (extra tounge weight) and I'm also close to the GVW of the TT,6 gl of water weighing about 90lbs, so I drain the WH before I leave the campground every time. I have a universal anode rod that is fitted with a pet-cock in the end so it's just a matter of opening the pet-cock to drain the WH.
The danger of these units is that you will get in the habit of using the petcock to drain the tank when winterizing and not checking the anode for remaining life.

They are expensive; and they have far less anode material than a solid one.
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6 gl of water weighing about 90lbs
6 gallons of water is about 50 lbs.
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6 gallons of water is about 50 lbs.
Yep,
8.35 pounds per gallon at standard conditions of temperature and pressure.
6x8.35 = 50.1 pounds
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6 gallons of water is about 50 lbs.
Canada must have "heavy water" as ours weighs 10 lbs/gallon!
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Canada must have "heavy water" as ours weighs 10 lbs/gallon!
It's all that lead ! Lol !
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Everyone is right as 1 gallon UK = 1.2 gallon US!! So 8.35 lbs (US gal) X 1.2 = 10 lbs (UK gal) The hot water tank is 6 US gallon so 50 lbs
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