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Old 11-16-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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Draining the Water Heater

Can someone give me an easy explanation on how to drain the water heater. I was told it was good to do after every trip.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:42 PM   #2
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Draining the Water Heater

Take a look at this link. It should help. It is really easy.

I don't know if I would do it after every trip, but I would if it was going to sit for any length of time. Definitely emptied as part of winterization.


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Old 11-16-2015, 11:07 PM   #3
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I don't drain mine except when I winterize. I do use it a few times a month though in season, I'm always going some where. If I used it sporadically then yeah I'd drain it because it would get nasty...
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:29 AM   #4
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I do not have to winterize but the plan is to use it once a month for 2 or 3 days. Would draining still be recommended.
We are on Florida and will go north in May.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:57 AM   #5
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I would drain it if your only going to use it 1x a month. Not that hard..
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:28 AM   #6
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Just MAKE SURE you always remember to plug it back and refill it before you use it next time with electricity or you'll burn up the electric element very quickly.
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:44 AM   #7
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Thanks. I remember when I had a boat. I saw a guy put his boat in the water with a trailer. He took off and shortly did a 180. He forgot his drain plug. Funny but not funny.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:42 AM   #8
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Can someone give me an easy explanation on how to drain the water heater. I was told it was good to do after every trip.
If you're using treated city water, I don't believe it's necessary to drain after each trip. If you're on well water I would probably would drain it after each trip, unless using the rig monthly.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:38 PM   #10
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If you have a suburban WH it would be a good idea to drain it occasionally and check for anode erosion. I usually put the anode back in after draining so insects will not get into the system. By the way, it would be prudent to open the relief valve before you take the plug out or you will suffer the consequences. It also helps to open the valve to let it drain faster, make sure the water is not hot also.
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