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Old 01-10-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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Is there a real need to leave the Hot Water Drain Plug out for the winter?

Happy New Year to all you Happy Campers !!!
For winterizing discussion, I have a 325 Crusader 5th wheel.
My question is after properly winterizing the RV, is there a reason to leave the Hot Water Tank Drain Plug "OUT" for the winter during outside storage in Michigan ?
I've been told the Drain Plug MUST BE LEFT OUT during winter storage.
Not sure why we should, I used compressed air to chase all the water out.
But if it's suggested to do so, would simply popping the pressure relief valve serve the same purpose?
One of my concerns is that in the spring, some little creature is going to make that his new home.
Thank you much, and Happy Camping,
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Old 01-10-2016, 06:31 PM   #2
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I always put my plug back in after draining. That way nothing can get inside and I won't lose the plug.
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I always put my plug back in after draining. That way nothing can get inside and I won't lose the plug.
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Not tight but enough to stay put, In the spring I wrap it with tape and install with a wrench.
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Thanks Ken, I like the way you think !!!
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Hey Ford Idaho,
I like your suggestion of using tape on that plug, rather than plumbers putty !!!
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Not tight but enough to stay put, In the spring I wrap it with tape and install with a wrench.

This is also my process.


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Thanks Mr. Dan,

Winterize even in TEXAS ???

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Texas gets mighty cold at times. Here in S KY a guy told me he never winterizes his boat. 14 degrees here this morning. He is either lying or has an outboard motor.
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Not tight but enough to stay put, In the spring I wrap it with tape and install with a wrench.
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Winterize even in TEXAS ???

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Yes, it was 23 degrees here at 8 a.m. yesterday morning... and it's not really winter yet. I lost a toilet water valve on a TT I had once. I had winterized (I thought) but hadn't held the toilet valve open when I was blowing out the lines. Here's a weather screen shot from 2 years ago last week.

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