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Old 11-12-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Atwood Water Heater drain

I had a small leak inside the trailer on the water heater, that required draining the tank to fix. I have an Atwood heater and pulling the drain plug is somewhat difficult due the the gas line routing. I decided to make it better. I bought a 1/2" male and female CPVC fitting and a short piece of pipe. Note that the female fitting comes with a gasket, pipe dope or tape is not required for a reseal ! It is now located in a much easier to access location.
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hmmm, looks like a trip to the local "big box" is in my future.
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:30 AM   #3
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That is exactly what I need to do. It is in thew worst possible location to drain
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:32 AM   #4
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Nice little mod. I think I will do that one as well. The factory setup isn't impossible with a socket and extension but it isn't as convenient as it could be.

Since we are on the subject of water heaters. Is there a hidden switch on the unit to turn off the electric element so that it cannot be turned on from inside the RV by accident with the unit drained.

My Old RV had a switch inside to turn the electric on from the inside but also had a secondary master switch on the heater itself so that when it was winterized (drained) you could not accidentally trip the inside switch and burn it up.
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Hemi, I think you've got something there!
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I have seen a armored flexible hose also with a valve on the end that can be folded inside when not in use.

Anything that works will save some time when draining.
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Camco has a brass fitting for water heater and a peacock on the end for easy draining of water heater.
Amazon has them


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Since we are on the subject of water heaters. Is there a hidden switch on the unit to turn off the electric element so that it cannot be turned on from inside the RV by accident with the unit drained.

My Old RV had a switch inside to turn the electric on from the inside but also had a secondary master switch on the heater itself so that when it was winterized (drained) you could not accidentally trip the inside switch and burn it up.
My former motorhome's Atwood did have the secondary switch you refer to on the back of the heater, but my current Atwood XT does not. The newer Atwoods have a relay to energize the element with 120-volts, this relay is controlled by my wall panel where both the electric and gas switches use 12-volts to make things work.

Since I don't have that second switch I now turn off the water heater breaker to provide protection in case someone accidentally turns on the regular wall control.
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My former motorhome's Atwood did have the secondary switch you refer to on the back of the heater, but my current Atwood XT does not. The newer Atwoods have a relay to energize the element with 120-volts, this relay is controlled by my wall panel where both the electric and gas switches use 12-volts to make things work.

Since I don't have that second switch I now turn off the water heater breaker to provide protection in case someone accidentally turns on the regular wall control.
Excellent Idea, Did not even consider that there would be a water heater breaker in the lower panel. I will check for that and that is exactly what I will do. I did find the owners manual and see that it does reference a lockout switch near the element but that is on the back of the unit and impossible to access in it's current location.

For the most part it's a non issue, but we do have a teen who has friends over and occasionally buttons get pushed by accident or misunderstanding when deploying slides and awnings..etc.
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I bought this wrench and it works well for getting to the plug without modifications.

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