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Old 04-17-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Water heater quick drain

I'm one of those guys who likes to drain the water after every use. We just took delivery on our new TT and the water heater does NOT have an Anode rod, just a plastic cap in a hard to get to location making it difficult to drain the tank after every use.

I'm sure this has been done before but I'm a new member to the forum and thought I'd contribute with a simple mod I did today. The parts consist of (2) 1/2inch connectors with a barbed end, (1) half inch ball valve (2) hose clamps, (1) short piece of half inch inside diameter hose, and some Teflon tape. As you can see from the pics it's a very easy mod and cost about $25.00. Well worth the money spent.




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Old 04-17-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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I wonder how many people drain the hot water heater after every camping trip. I personally never thought to do it. I don't drain my hot water heater at home when I go to work. I'm talking about during the season. Clearly I drain it for the winter. If I were going to drain it every week while at home, I'd also want a ball valve or similar method.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:10 PM   #3
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Same here - as long as it's the Camping season, I'm not sure it's worth it to bother draining the HWT
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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If you use your trailer infrequently then this would be a good mod to avoid having water sitting in the heater for weeks and getting stale. But it would only work on Atwood WHs since the Suburbans use an anode rod.
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Correct it would only work on the Atwood WH.
We like to drain it to prevent the water from getting stale as mentioned in another post and this mod makes it almost effortless to do.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:46 AM   #6
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I wonder how many people drain the hot water heater after every camping trip. I personally never thought to do it. I don't drain my hot water heater at home when I go to work. I'm talking about during the season. Clearly I drain it for the winter. If I were going to drain it every week while at home, I'd also want a ball valve or similar method.
I drain mine after every trip.

Unless we'll be going the very next weekend.



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Old 04-18-2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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If you use your trailer infrequently then this would be a good mod to avoid having water sitting in the heater for weeks and getting stale. But it would only work on Atwood WHs since the Suburbans use an anode rod.
REALLY important to emphasize.



While they DO make an anode with a drain cock in it; it is false economy, IMO.
1) They are expensive since they need to be changed more often
2) The anode is 1/3 the size of the correct size anode
3) The anode will need to be replaced 3 (or more) times more often
4) You may be temped to NEVER remove it when winterizing
5) The water heater could be ruined before you know it.

http://www.rvpartscountry.com/Univer...Anode-Kit.html
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #8
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I drain mine after ever trip. we don't go back to back weekends and I see no reason to let the water sit in the water heater and go stagnant. I even leave the rod out a day or two so all can dry up. I also turn the drain valves on the water lines to the camper and drain the hole system after every trip and flush the tanks out real good too. since there isn't water flowing threw them daily like a house it would only make sense to drain them afterwards.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:07 PM   #9
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nice job on the mod btw
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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To get back to the mod, are those fittings and hose rated for the temperature of the hot water? If not, I see a minor disaster in the making when they fail.

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