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Old 01-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #1
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Hot water tank drain valve.

Hey everyone, we are new to the camping world and I was wondering if there was away to install a drain valve(petcock or small ball valve) on my hot water tank drain. Maybe I'm not looking at it from the proper stand point, but wouldn't the issue be the anode? Thanks for any input and suggestions.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:36 AM   #2
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Here ya go:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...rs-4-12-/37395

Just don't forget you'll still have to remove it to check the condition of the sacrificial anode rod. Best to do this at the end of the season when you flush out and crud from the tank.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:37 AM   #3
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I believe one of the vendors (camco, atwood) have an anode with a drain built in. I remember seeing it I think at CW (but I also suffer from CRS)
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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Thought of this many times on my old TT. I don't know how you would keep the anode rod in service and add a drain. I always just pulled the rod when I needed to drain. Although the new fiver I bought has no anode rod and just a plastic plug. Now that I may be able to add a drain. Not sure why there getting away from anodes. Dealer did tell me that most people wanna change out the plastic plug for a brass one but not to because it's designed to blow out if there's a prob. Although I thought that was what the pressure/temp relief was for. Redundancy??
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:43 AM   #5
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Wouldn't using an anode with drain lead to corrosion of the device into the tank unless owners make sure they remove it annually?
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I was thinking the same thing Todouble, I'm not sure if this is even feasible. Just something my brain was thinking about trying to make life easier.
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Thanks for the link Wiscampsin, I have access to all the necessary pipe and fixtures that would be involved to make this work. But my issue is "what about the anode?" How will it allow water to drain when it is installed? This all my be just a "pipe" dream.
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gasman6674,I sometimes suffer from (trying to better someone else's product) for no apparent reason. If you could find such an animal like your talking about, please send me the link.
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The greatoutdoors the link Wiscampsin posted is what I was talking about (he beat me to it:-), It is an anode with the drain built in easy peezy. The Atwood heaters with the plastic plug only are a aluminmum tank and dont require an anode, but there has been lots of discussion on here about adding one
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The Atwood heaters with the plastic plug only are a aluminmum tank and dont require an anode, but there has been lots of discussion on here about adding one

Did not know they were aluminum vs my old TT with a anode which I'm guessing was steel.
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