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Old 05-27-2013, 03:51 PM   #11
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I only drain ours when I winterize

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Old 05-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #12
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On our new TT only drain it when I winterize, although I do open the low point drains if it is going to sit for a couple weeks. Our old hybrid had a drain valve built into the anoid rod, so I would drain that WH if it was going to sit for more than 2 weeks. Once I have to replace the rod in our new TT I will try to get one with the built in drain, just because...

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Old 05-27-2013, 04:12 PM   #13
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I don't drain between trips. Too much trouble and add risk of not only cross threading but burning out the heating element because I forgot to fill and purge first. I figure I will just haul the 48 lbs.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #14
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The only time I drain ours between winterisations is if we've had to use CG/city water of dubious quality. We have some of the best quality water in the country at home so tend to be a bit picky about lower quality.

It's only 6 gallons, and we don't drink hot water, so it's more of an aromatic issue.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #15
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I always opened the low point drains on old camper at the end of every trip. It would slowly drain the water heater on the way home.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:01 PM   #16
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We don't drain our WH after every trip. If the water is well water or we cannot use the trailer for a long period of time, then we consider draining it. We have also talked about getting an external water filter to filter the water before it enters the trailer. This will help keep the minerals from building up.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #17
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We have well water so I do not want the water in the system getting funky. I drain the WH and low points (a day or two) after every trip. Takes less than 5 minutes to not wonder how old the water is.

Have a buddy with a 5th wheel he bought used. He left the water in the tanks for a month during summer. Horrible rotten egg smell when he dumped the fresh and WH tanks. He remembers to drain after every trip now.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:07 PM   #18
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I drain "occasionally" throughout the summer season, depending on how much I've been using the HW. If it's been siting unused for a while I may drain and refill on principle to make sure there's nothing too stagnant. I drain the FW tank on the way home from any trip.

Even after one year, I've found the anode rod pretty pock-marked, so replaced it on general principle. Our water is ridiculously hard.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #19
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If this will lessen my tongue weight by 40 lbs, I should drain my HW from now on. My A128S is front heavy, without the propane tanks and carrying a bike, it is at 340 lbs, my TV limit is 350 lbs. I hope this will solve my tongue weight issue. I have been draining the fresh water tank after the trip and now HW tank will be drained too.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:41 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Oakman View Post
The only time I drain is at the end of the season when I winterize the fifth wheel. I've been doing this for 10 years without any issues.
X2 Bob, also been doing this for years with no problems...

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