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Old 02-02-2015, 10:04 PM   #11
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Great! So will the water heater drain on its own while driving without moving the anode rod?
No, the only way the water heater can drain (moving or stationary) is by pulling out the anode rod. Do that, put the rod in a safe place, and it'll be empty by the time you get home.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:28 PM   #12
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The water heater will not drain without removing the anode rod. The purpose of bypassing the HWH is to avoid having to fill it with antifreeze when winterizing. For your information, I use a heated city water hose when camping in the winter.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:31 PM   #13
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I forgot to mention you should use the pressure pop- off valve to release the pressure on the water heater to avoid getting soaked when removing the anode rod. I always turn the water off from the city hose before releasing the pressure. Once I have released the pressure I then by-pass and drain via the anode rid.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:51 AM   #14
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Yes, it's been my experience that the water heater empties on the trip home by just opening the low point drains and not having to remove the anode rod. Another advantage to blowing out the lines is that there is no need to de-winterize when you want to go somewhere. You don't have to flush lines or change bypass valves. It's ready to go. I do still blow out the lines with the air compressor when I get home just to get any residual water out of the lines, which has been very little.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:54 PM   #15
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One other question. When pressurizing what is the best way to verify there are no leak in the system? Will most leaks occur under the sinks showers and commode of are there fittings hidden in the underbelly and walls that can leak?
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Best to leave your water system on your pump. Listen for it to pump or cycle. It should be silent. If it cycles then all bets are off. You'll need to start inside room by room and visually check all that you can see. If it continuously runs and you have verified nothing is turned on, I wouldn't leave it running. Open all cargo holds, cycle it every 10-15 seconds and start with visually checking for drips and or pooling. Good Luck. Additionally, don't forget to look in all lower cabinets/sinks.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:52 PM   #17
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We went on our trip and the systems worked fine. Before leaving the warmer area and heading North I drained the water heater, blew out the lines and poured the pink down the traps. While traveling I left the low point drains open to make sure the fresh tank was empty. Thank you to all for the advice!
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