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Old 04-14-2016, 12:25 PM   #21
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My Grey Wolf drains were much easier to reach. My Vengeance I have to crawl under to get to them. This year I need to install elbows and move those drains so I can reach them easier.

Yes I use the teflon tape on the water heater anode.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:41 PM   #22
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If I won't be using mine for more than 2 weeks I drain it. I don't want stale water in the WH with the potential for something to start growing!
X 3 however I have yet to apply teflon tape to threads. Never has leaked in any of my campers that I did this way. Later RJD
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When you remove the anode rod from your water heater to drain it, replace it with a universal anode rod with drain valve. It makes draining quick and easy. Camping World stocks them.


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I subscribe to the RV Geeks YouTube channel. They used one of those draining anode rods and it didn't seem to be very effective at doing it's job as a sacrificial anode, so they switched back to a regular magnesium anode rod.

http://youtu.be/tcxHIFKLVbc
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Draining after every trip will flush out more of the calcium and other deposits. That's the only reason I can see to do it. But it seems like more work than it's worth, IMHO. I haven't had any issues with deposits in the system (like plugging the faucets).
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Draining after every trip will flush out more of the calcium and other deposits. That's the only reason I can see to do it. But it seems like more work than it's worth, IMHO. I haven't had any issues with deposits in the system (like plugging the faucets).
As Flybob said, leave a glass of water (covered) on the counter for 2 weeks and see if you're willing to use it for whatever purpose you use your FW tank water for. Remember that the WH heats water, it doesn't boil it. For me, I worked in the municipal water supply industry for a lot of years and I'd rather use fresh (city or well) water than old water that's been sitting stagnant in my water system for over 2 weeks.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:21 AM   #26
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When you drain your water heater you ARE leaving a gallon or two in there!
Just sayin....
Also to the "glass on the counter" example.
Try leaving a glass on the counter and at the same time put a lid on a jar of water and put it in an absolutely dark closet. I believe the glass will go bad but the jar of water probably won't at least not in a short few weeks.

When we're RVing we all take short cuts. We all have to decide what we think is "worth the trouble" and what to let go. I agree in a perfect world draining the water heater each time you come home is a good thing.

Personally I'm much more inclined to open the drain valve on my fresh tank and let it slosh out on the way home. I'm always worried about THAT water going bad cause we do drink it and the tank is translucent so light can get to it. I've found it does a much better job of emptying if the drain is open on the road trip home.

Do keep in mind some police officers do not think it's a good thing when they see any liquid draining out of your rig onto the ground or roadway. Some might not even have a sense of humor when you tell them it's drinking water and of no harm. I do it anyway because I really don't want that water staying in there while the rig is in the barn!

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