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Old 07-14-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hot Water Tank Rockwood Mini Lite 1905

I am a first time camper owner. I know that I have to drain the fresh water tank when I break down, but do I have to do anything special to drain the hot water tank? We are the proud new owners of a 2013 Rockwood Mini Lite 1905. What an awesome little camper!!!

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:41 PM   #2
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The thing you have to be SURE of, when draining the hot water tank is to ALWAYS turn off the electric heating element switch (if applicable to your model of water heater). Not all water heaters are propane and electric.....but some are both.

Failure to do this, will burn up the electric heating element.

If you have a Suburban brand water heater, you drain it by removing the anode rod on the front of the heater.

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If you have the Atwood brand, it usually has a plastic drain plug on the front:

It's usually a good idea to only drain when the water is cool, as having hot water hit you (as happens a lot when you try to drain it), will ruin your day.

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, as a new (first time) owner of a TT I am still learning from the more experienced members, but so far in the 3 trips we have taken with our 2504S we havent drained the hot water heater between trips. We plan to do that when we winterize at the end of the season. Maybe this thread will enlighten me to whether we are doing it right or wrong

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Old 07-14-2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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Do I have to drain it after every trip, or just at the end of the year when we winterize it?
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by roxie1824 View Post
Do I have to drain it after every trip, or just at the end of the year when we winterize it?
I drain mine just to winterize, once a year.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:44 PM   #6
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My experience has been that the anode really rakes a hit if you leave the wh full of water.
If you don't mind replacing the anode once a year or more not really an issue IMO.

Even though we do not consume any water from the trailer hot or cold I prefer to drain it just to not have stale water sitting for 30-60 says in between trips.

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