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Old 05-08-2016, 07:52 PM   #21
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Decided to drain the hot water heater today. Little FYI for those(me) who don't do their homework first. Release the pressure first before you remove the drain plug/anode. Holy crap
You now have RV experience. The definition of experience is not making the same mistake twice.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:38 PM   #22
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This thread is an excellent example of why you need to CLOSE the winterizing valves when draining the hot water heater.

It will keep all that crap out of your cold water pipes!
Very nice rig you have there. Mine on the other hand is your basic southern California travel trailer with no need to winterize. Don't think there are winterizing vales my problem I think was not relieving the pressure prior to opening old faithful - Bing video
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:42 PM   #23
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Yes I gave done the water in the face once because I didn't turn the water off.


I am about to drain the water heater and fresh water tank and then add 8 gallons of vinegar and 8 gallons of water to the fresh water tank and then run the pump to fill the water heater and then run each faucet until the vinegar smells. The sit for a couple of days and drain and flush. Arizona water can make a mess and I do flush the tank as posted above. This time after the work is done I will remove the relief valve and soak it in vinegar for 3 days and it will look new again. Now all of the story of what I do without knowing if it is a good or not so good of an idea .


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Old 05-09-2016, 06:50 AM   #24
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Mike,,, sounds like it had been a while since you drained the WH ???
And that you are using a Toilet Wand to flush the WH ???
Not a bad idea !!!
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:20 AM   #25
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I took a NPT thread/slip joint adapter and added about afoot of PVC to the slip joint. I thread that into the anode rod hole and insert a spray wand thru it. The PVC section keeps the crud from running down the side of the rv.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:36 AM   #26
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I found last year that when I drained the WH the water was leaking into the storage compartment below,,, hopefully I have fixed that !!!
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:42 AM   #27
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I felt WET and stupid.....
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:48 AM   #28
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I felt WET and stupid.....
I will add to my earlier post. You will feel worse after doing the same thing the 2nd time. Might not be the next time but it can happen. Meaning the story about ya can't fix " " is true. have a great dry camping season.

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Isn't that why we unscrew very slowly,,,
and stop @ the first sign of water pressure ???
LOL !!!
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Isn't that why we unscrew very slowly,,,
and stop @ the first sign of water pressure ???
LOL !!!


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