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Old 10-05-2015, 11:24 AM   #11
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I drain the WH at the end of the season.


Then again, I keep the whole trailer 'hot' all season.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:15 PM   #12
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I didn't drain mine for three weeks, finally was able to go camping one weekend and the stench that came from the tank was awful... I always drain it now
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I didn't drain mine for three weeks, finally was able to go camping one weekend and the stench that came from the tank was awful... I always drain it now
thats strange, been doing only when winterize for 12 years, been fine never a problem
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:44 PM   #14
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Often the water will smell after a while sitting, Taking one shower will refill the tank and flush it out.

Only time we had a smell was from the Sulphur water in a well. Flushing it took care of it.

Another consideration is where it is sitting. A colder climate or a hot climate could make a difference.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:38 PM   #15
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I drain mine down just using the low drain points and open the spigots inside the trailer.. This leaves an inch or so of water left in the hot water heater.
This is the quickest and easiest method, with the least wear and tear. I learned the hard way about not draining after every trip. Wife got sick during our first pregnancy and cut our season short. Didn't get a chance to drain the water and got the rotten egg smell.

Now after every trip we open the low point drains and the bathroom faucets. I also open the pressure relief valve on the water heater to drain the water. By the time we get home, all the water is drained out. I close the drains as part of cleaning out after a trip.
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