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Old 11-13-2018, 06:54 PM   #1
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Winterizing Surprise

So, being the good little RV person, heeding all advice about winterizing, I started by draining the fresh water tank and opening low point drains. Took about five minutes then watched it drain. Then started to drain the hot water heater. What a surprise! Took forever to get the plug out. I tried crescent wrenches and various sockets. WHO would ever imagine this nylon plug needed a 1 15/16 socket?? Certainly not me. Obviously. When I finally got the plug ot no water flowed from the tank. Any ideas on why?
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:56 PM   #2
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So, being the good little RV person, heeding all advice about winterizing, I started by draining the fresh water tank and opening low point drains. Took about five minutes then watched it drain. Then started to drain the hot water heater. What a surprise! Took forever to get the plug out. I tried crescent wrenches and various sockets. WHO would ever imagine this nylon plug needed a 1 15/16 socket?? Certainly not me. Obviously. When I finally got the plug ot no water flowed from the tank. Any ideas on why?
Did you open the temp pressure relief valve?
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:58 PM   #3
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You did not do the winterizing valves behind the heater before opening the low point drain. Only problem with doing that is calcium from inside the tank can/will,get into your lines and cause water flow troubles.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:00 PM   #4
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Because you mentioned it has a nylon plug, that pretty well guarantees you have an Atwood water heater.......Suburban units have a metal anode to drain the tank and have a 1 1/16 head.

Did you release the pressure in the water system by opening the taps?
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:02 PM   #5
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Winterizing Surprise

I did open the relief valve. I saw no way to open/close any other valves and could not find a by-pass valve. Off to the dealer to show me I guess.
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I did open all taps, shower and all sinks.
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Opening the low point drain will empty the tank.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:06 PM   #8
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Behind the heater? That means getting inside and finding access to the heater. New rig for me, so now I will find the tank access. Fortunately temps have remained in the 40/50 degree range this week.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:27 PM   #9
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Maybe you should tell,everyone what you have. Make, model, year. Then someone would be able to tell you where to look.
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A32 duece, thanks for the suggestion. I have a 2019 Prime Time Tracer, 34 ft
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