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Old 11-17-2015, 12:45 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:51 PM   #12
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doesn't the Water heater drain if you open the low point drains? That's how I drain mine if its gonna be longer than two weeks..
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #13
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doesn't the Water heater drain if you open the low point drains? That's how I drain mine if its gonna be longer than two weeks..
I've been wrong before but I believe they do not. The only way to drain the WH is removing the plug/anode rod.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:02 PM   #14
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I am not positive either, but i know that the hot water drains for a considerable longer time
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:27 PM   #15
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We have a 2014 Georgetown XL have had it a yr. Its been in the shop more than out. Everytime we take her out seemed the toilet wasn't able to receive water to flush. One time we flooded out. Take her to the shop and it was the screen that was full of gunk. Was told it was the lines to be flushed out. Factory had pushed lines with strofoam, etc. so they repair it. Nov 2015 she goes out of warranty. Just take her in. This time they tell us its our fault. Sand in the lines. Must be where were camping. Funny story change in there theory. Tell us to use outside filter system. Were camping with 10 others and there NOT having the same problem. Long story short. We use this forum and see it could be the water tank and anoid rod. So we call and tell them. OH NO they tell us. So I call FOREST RIVER. Still fighting it. Bought camper at Berryland in Hammond LA, Refuse to pay for there labor. Update. There fixing it or a one time courtesy. After a whole year of toilet flushing issues and sediment in screens don't you think they would had checked the hot water tank. Not leave it up to the owner researching the forum??
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:43 PM   #16
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Turn water on in the spring turn off in fall and winterize the empty water tank. To much thought and doing things that don't need to be done. That's my official answer to your good question the rest is just me venting take no offense. People in general cause their own problems, IE: Empting water heater all the time, results burnt out elements. Scrubbing the bottom of their tires, Duh tires are supposed to be dirty, Scurbing the bottom of their boat every time they take it out of the water, Duh it's supposed to have some water borne dirt on it, covering their A/Cs in the winter causing condensate to build up and rot it away, it's supposed to be outside. Many more but other things to do. Got to go uncover my car again got to go to the store, dam I just covered it this morning when I came home from picking up the paper. OH Well. Go ahead I'm ready to accept the baloney coming from all the OCD people.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:50 PM   #17
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pick up a petcock drain plug at your RV dealer. It replaces the plug on atwood water heaters. (Plastic) It is all brass. Then just open the petcock to drain it when you need to. No wrench needed. If you have a Suburban WH then you will not be able to do it because of the rod.
needed to save the tank.
If you are going to do this on a Suburban WH, you will need a reducing bushing 1/2 x 3/4 NPT for the install. Camco makes a sacrificial anode rod with the petcock on it. You'll need the bushing here as well. Makes it very easy to drain
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:23 PM   #18
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doesn't the Water heater drain if you open the low point drains? That's how I drain mine if its gonna be longer than two weeks..
My current 5th wheel will drain about 85% of the water from the WH if I open the low point drains. It really depends on how they routed the plumbing from the factory. I have to remove the anode rod to get the last 15% out. Even then, about 5% stays in the tank with the anode rod removed. To totally drain, I have to insert a small hose and siphon the last little bit out.

If you are just wanting to drain the majority out just for the down time between uses, I would open the low point drains, open a hot & cold tap, let the system empty, remove the anode rod/plug and see how much remains in the tank. If you are satisfied it empties 75-85% of the WH capacity, I wouldn't be taking the anode rod/plug out each trip after that. Just my 2.

Winterizing... different story.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:03 PM   #19
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Draining water heater

No need to drain water heater unless you are winterizing or just storing for more than a couple of months just a waste of your time no benefit at all
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:27 PM   #20
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If you have an Atwood, you can replace the plug with an adapter with a drain valve on it ( easy to make yourself or buy one). Makes draining WH as easy as opening valve ( also keeps water and WH gunk off side of RV).
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