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Old 09-22-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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Yup, you're right. I guess I was in too big a hurry reading it.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:08 PM   #12
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Ok so I've never figured out a good way to completely drain RV water heaters. The drain plug/cathode is located (at least on the three that I have owned) about an inch above the bottom of the tank leaving water in the bottom that at best is difficult to get out. I have used rolled up paper towels or cloth with one end inside the tank and the other end outside the tank acting as a wick. That works pretty well except it takes several hours to get it done. I really don't like leaving the tank open to dry. Insects love dark damp places to hide and I don't relish the thought of heating them up with my shower water on the next camping trip. There's also the issue of blowing dust in the Texas panhandle.

While I've never had problems I also worry about water sitting in a tank with no antifreeze after winterizing. I did notice while looking at trailers before we purchased our new Pinnacle that every drain plug/cathode was removed and placed inside the water heater access door. I hope the dealership cleans the water heater thoroughly before delivering a new unit.

Anyway, any suggestions or comments are welcome.
I use clear plastic tubing with a brass barb fitting on the end for weight. push it in the drain outlet and syphon the water out.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #13
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Great idea Camping Couple. I never though about using my "credit card" like in the good ole days back in High School .... It won't even taste bad when the flow starts! I'll give that a try!
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:18 PM   #14
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I use clear plastic tubing with a brass barb fitting on the end for weight. push it in the drain outlet and syphon the water out.
I do the same thing only without the barb. Mine has a slight "angle" on one end. You wouldn't believe the lime crud that comes out from the bottom of the tank.
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I use the water heater flush wand (like a black tank flush wand except it's shorter and smells better). Use it as intended to flush out the "grit" that collects on the bottom of the tank and then connect to compressed air to blow out the water that remains. A blow-out plug works great.
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