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Old 07-27-2020, 03:20 PM   #1
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Probably my own issue and not able to be diagnosed on a forum, but wondering if anyone else has seen this. After my last 2 trips, I have emptied the water heater when dropping the trailer back off at storage. My spot is on a bit of a hill, so the front of the TT is slightly lower than level. I pull the plug and open the pressure relief valve and walk away. Both times I went into the trailer and saw a line of water coming out of the bathroom door jam or corner of the lower bunk (probably 1/2 pint in total). Both times I pulled the lower bunk apart to try to find where it's coming from and see the remnants coming from under the water heater around the storage area. I don't see an obvious leak while camping, although I'm level there, and I don't see any soggy spots under the bunk that would lead me to believe I have a real water heater leak. My guess is the water coming out during the emptying process is sneaking in somewhere, but I cannot find any openings where it would be able to get in.

Anyone have a history of this in there trailer and know where there is a hole I need to seal?
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Wish that I could help but I do have a question?? Why do you empty the water heater every time you camp???
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Open the wh outside panel and closely examine the seams inside and the flange on the wall. There probably some caulking loose or missing. When you drain the wh tank it will find any way inside.
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Open the wh outside panel and closely examine the seams inside and the flange on the wall. There probably some caulking loose or missing. When you drain the wh tank it will find any way inside.
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:17 PM   #5
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Quick answer - so I don't have to smell rotten eggs everytime I do camp.

I was a microbiologist and I know that any standing water will grow bacteria. So I take the 5 minutes to drain the heater to eliminate this possibility.
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Thanks, that's what I figured but didn't see anything when I was trying to figure it out. I'll have to give it a slower closer look next time out.
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Open the wh outside panel and closely examine the seams inside and the flange on the wall. There probably some caulking loose or missing. When you drain the wh tank it will find any way inside.
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Quick answer - so I don't have to smell rotten eggs everytime I do camp.

I was a microbiologist and I know that any standing water will grow bacteria. So I take the 5 minutes to drain the heater to eliminate this possibility.
You might consider the camco anode with petcock for the wh and adding 1/4 turn ball valves on your lp drains. You can drain the whole works in about 30 seconds.
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:43 PM   #8
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You might consider the camco anode with petcock for the wh and adding 1/4 turn ball valves on your lp drains. You can drain the whole works in about 30 seconds.
I decided I was definitely adding ball valves to the lp drains this weekend. This leak kind of sidetracked me. Thanks for the reminder!
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Thanks, that's what I figured but didn't see anything when I was trying to figure it out. I'll have to give it a slower closer look next time out.
Try one of these two techniques, both practiced after sundown:
  • Open the cabinet at the back of the water heater, where the bypass valves are. Place a lighted work light in the cabinet, as close to the outside as possible. Go outside and look for the places where light shines through.
  • Open the outside water heater access door and place a lighted work light in the bottom of the heater. Go inside, open the cabinet at the back of the heater and look for the light.
The first option is more likely to be successful.
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Old 07-28-2020, 08:27 PM   #10
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The Camco anode with petcock doesn't let the water heater drain completely. Too much crud for the small hole in the petcock. Just pull the anode if you are going to drain it.
If you can't find where it's leaking into the trailer make a water shoot to direct the water over the door frame of the water heater.
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