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Old 05-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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water in water heater

I'm going to dewinterize today, I can handle that. Just wondering how long you can or should leave water in the water heater? Is it ok to leave it dry? (won't be used for about a month)
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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The heater has been dry all winter, so another month is not going to matter.

As far as leaving water in the heater, I leave mine there during the entire camping season with no problems.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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Ok thanks mtnguy!!
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On the other side of the coin I drain mine after each use.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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I am just wanting to get the antifreeze out of it and wondered if i should leave water in it or drain it. Thanks Turbo
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I'm trying to avoid Herk I think he's about to bust a spring on the w/h today. Lol
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If antifreeze somehow got into your water heater, you will need to fill the water heater and drain it several times. Just running water through it will not thoroughly flush the heater. The you can just leave the water in it, or drain it until your next trip.
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I am just wanting to get the antifreeze out of it and wondered if i should leave water in it or drain it. Thanks Turbo
Shouldn't put antifreeze in the water heater. If you fill it you're buying at least 6 gallons of antifreeze you don't need. Use the by-pass and drain it to winterize it. If you have an anode rod the antifreeze will effect it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:18 AM   #9
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Ok. When I went through the shakedown with the dealer he bumped the pressure relief and a little came out with the air. Leaking bypass I guess.
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I'm trying to avoid Herk I think he's about to bust a spring on the w/h today. Lol
Thanks, I really need to go down the basement and stabilize and clarify my home made Pinot Gris wine and label and seal the Petite Shiraz/Zinfandel I bottled last week today.

The day is half shot and I have not started it, yet.
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Cootr, I'm not an old hat at this but I've never put antifreeze through the water heater, I just drain it and leave the anoid sitting in the hole, unscrewed. I antifreeze the rest (by closing the bypass lines). I also leave the water heater full during the time between outings. I don't think its doing any damage.
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I'll pull the rod I have a spare. And check the bypass valve. Correct?
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I would pull the anoid and shove a hose in there and flush the dickens out of it.
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I would pull the anoid and shove a hose in there and flush the dickens out of it.
Me too.
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Thanks, I really need to go down the basement and stabilize and clarify my home made Pinot Gris wine and label and seal the Petite Shiraz/Zinfandel I bottled last week today.

The day is half shot and I have not started it, yet.
I'd grab the logbook head down to the local airport rent a Cessna for 3 hours and let that sort things out. :-)
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I'd grab the logbook head down to the local airport rent a Cessna for 3 hours and let that sort things out. :-)


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You have a point!!!! Lol I overheard a lady talking once she said her husband was a professional truck driver, guy behind me said under his breath to me "thank god he isn't an amateur!!" Lol
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Got everything squared away. Now when I fire the w/h I'm getting the exhaust smell in the camper. I have soaped and checked all gas lines no leaks no rotten egg smell. Only getting the smell when its heating. Wind kinda blowing towards the access door could that cause exhaust to blow inside?
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Got everything squared away. Now when I fire the w/h I'm getting the exhaust smell in the camper. I have soaped and checked all gas lines no leaks no rotten egg smell. Only getting the smell when its heating. Wind kinda blowing towards the access door could that cause exhaust to blow inside?
If you have the windows open you could be getting exhaust fumes into the camper. This is dangerous, if true, as you probably know. I would make sure the windows near the furnace and HW heater are closed.
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Had windows closed. Had to open them to get smell out. Getting strong smell at the back side of w/h. And yes very dangerous. Is there a vent somewhere that could be plugged?
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