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Old 05-08-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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How to drain Water heater?

I arrived back from my first RV trip which was AWESOME! Now I would like to drain water heater since I wont use it for about another 2-3 weeks. My water heater has a rod at the bottom(Can't think of name). The one that gets eatin at by corriosn before the water heater. Do I take that out? I dont have a big enough wrench and dont want to really buy one. I also have the hot water low points which did not drain the water. Maybe just slow. Or should I just keep the water in there?
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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I arrived back from my first RV trip which was AWESOME! Now I would like to drain water heater since I wont use it for about another 2-3 weeks. My water heater has a rod at the bottom(Can't think of name). The one that gets eatin at by corriosn before the water heater. Do I take that out? I dont have a big enough wrench and dont want to really buy one. I also have the hot water low points which did not drain the water. Maybe just slow. Or should I just keep the water in there?
I beleive the anode rod is what your seeing. I can't remember the socket size, but you will need to get one to remove the rod and allow the water to drain. Be sure to open a hot water faucet inside the trailer before removing the rod.
Also using teflon tape on the rod's threads before reinstalling will help the next time you need to remove it.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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Is this done at each trip?
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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Glad to see your trip went well
I do not drain my water heater after each trip (so far has been 2 to 4 weeks apart) but I also do not live in an area where it freezes that often either.
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diconnect water, releve the pressure on the system ,open faucet. remove anode rod from warteheater 1 1/16 inch socket let water drain out then you can eather replce or laeve it out should replace though to keep the unwanted critters out
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Is this done at each trip?
I usually drain mine if it's going to be a month or more between trips.
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Thanks. I'm not worried about the cold , just the water going bad.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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in 5 years of owning my trailer, i've never had to drain my WH.

if a long period of time goes by, i just flush the system out.
never have had bad water issues.
our area water is good but i know that other areas of the country, have bad water.
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I have good water. I just don't want it full of bacteria or something else next time I use it.

Its more of going bad once in there. Not the water first water placed in there.
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