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Old 04-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Atwood Water Heater...newbie ?

Hi guys - Do I need to empty the water heater tank by unscrewing the plug on the tank after every trip? Do u guys do this?
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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Hi guys - Do I need to empty the water heater tank by unscrewing the plug on the tank after every trip? Do u guys do this?
I only drain the tank by removing the plug annually to clean sediment out of the tank.

You do not need to do it between trips.
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How often do you use the RV? if you are using it several times a month then NO you dont but if it sits for over a month at a time then I would...(the longest my RV ever sits is 3 weeks)...
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shadet-- I drain after every use, keeps any sediment from building up, plus gives me a visual of the tank compartment, nests etc. Larry
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I made the mistake of not draining mine and the trailer was not used for two months. When we did use it again, the DW let me know in no uncertain terms "The hot water stinks". And it did, we did not use the hot water the rest of the weekend. We have well water and that will not keep like chlorinated city water might. When I got home I drained and sanitized the system.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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Fyi: You can drain the tank safely without removing the plug. Just turn off the pump, turn on a hot water faucet, then open the high-pressure cold water drain. It will start a siphon and pull the water out. You can do it while driving home, or in your driveway while you unpack.
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Fyi: You can drain the tank safely without removing the plug. Just turn off the pump, turn on a hot water faucet, then open the high-pressure cold water drain. It will start a siphon and pull the water out. You can do it while driving home, or in your driveway while you unpack.
Did you mean low point drain, not high pressure drain?
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Low point drain should only drain the fresh tank. All of 4 of my campers have been equipped with drain valves on the high pressure side of the water pump. I'd bet they're an industry standard.

Look for two small valves, located near the pump, or possibly beneath a sink. One will be for hot, the other cold.
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Low point drain should only drain the fresh tank. All of 4 of my campers have been equipped with drain valves on the high pressure side of the water pump. I'd bet they're an industry standard.

Look for two small valves, located near the pump, or possibly beneath a sink. One will be for hot, the other cold.
It's a matter of semantics.

I know what valves you are referring to. I've always heard them referred to as low point drains, not high pressure drains.
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It's a matter of semantics.

I know what valves you are referring to. I've always heard them referred to as low point drains, not high pressure drains.
Actually, it's a matter of syntax. I'm wrong and you're right. They are in-fact low point drains. They're just on the high side of the pump. Anyways, the siphon method works.

For what it's worth, there are some easy mods that can be done to make draining externally a snap. Check out: http://www.modmyrv.com/2009/12/11/rv...er-drain-valve
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