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Old 12-23-2010, 12:03 PM   #11
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Got her done without any issue. My only gripe is with draining the water heater... since Jayco/Atwood know that draining the water heater is an integral part of winterizing for EVERY trailer, why can't they put a valve on there? It's not easy to get a wrench or pliers in there. And what's the deal with the plastic plug? Is there a reason that they use plastic?

Otherwise, easy peasy. Took just two gallons, so now I'll know for next time. It will be much easier to do before we put it up from a trip, rather than having to go out to the storage lot and root around under the cover.
I use a 1/2" socket wrench with a 15/16" socket and an extension to reach the plug. I agree a valve would be nice because you also have to drain the water heater after you use it even in warm weather if it will sit up awhile. I used my TT in April, let it sit a couple months without draining the WH. When we used it again DW told me in no uncertain terms "the hot water stinks". She did not use the hot water the rest of the trip, it had got punky from sitting up. I sanitized the whole system when I got home. Now I drain the WH after each use unless I will be using it real soon again. -Lee
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #12
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You can purchase a drain c-o-c-k for the water heater, but we never recommend it. First off it doesn't allow the sediment to fully escape the WH. Secondly, if you leave it in during the winter the drain can freeze and make your tank burst like a watermellon.
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All good info. I haven't used my water heater in two months and I definitely noticed an odor when I drained it today. I'll probably be draining it each time after I use it now.

Is there a brass fitting or something that would work better than a plastic plug? That thing sure seems like it'd be easy to cross thread. Maybe that's why it's plastic - so that if you cross thread it, it tears up the plug and not the fitting in the water heater???
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Is there a brass fitting or something that would work better than a plastic plug? That thing sure seems like it'd be easy to cross thread. Maybe that's why it's plastic - so that if you cross thread it, it tears up the plug and not the fitting in the water heater???
Plastic? Mine appears to be nylon. It's the original plug and I've never had any difficulty installing it or fear of cross threading. I use a six point regular size 1/2" drive socket with a short extension. The only problem I encounter is that I can't unscrew it all the way out using the socket. I have to loosen it with the socket, then remove the socket and finish removing the plug by hand.
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