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Old 06-08-2015, 07:57 AM   #11
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It's not necessary if you camp a lot and leave water in the system. I would recommend putting it in if you drain your tank when winterizing (storing). It only takes seconds to burn up the element if you turn it on without water in the heater. Yes, I did it once. when getting ready for the new season, I flipped the switch and a moment later realized I had not flipped the bypass valves to fill the tank. Turned it off, but the damage was done. Grrrr. Now I put it in and it acts as a reminder to check before I turn it on. Use the needle nose as suggested. It makes it a lot easier.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:10 PM   #12
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I am using needle nose pliers - I've tried both straight and angled needle nose. Its just very finicky.
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I reinstall the pin after winterizing so that in the spring I remember to make sure there is water in the tank before I use it on the electric side again.
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