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Old 07-23-2016, 02:23 PM   #11
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I drain water every single time. Couple years ago my wife got sick during a pregnancy and it abruptly cut our camping season short. We had left water in the lines, we got the dreaded sulphur smell in our lines and water heater. Had to use bleach and baking soda and a LOT of water flushed through the water heater to get rid of the smell.

It is so much easier to simply open my low points when we leave the campground and close them when we get home. No issues with water smell after that.
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:28 PM   #12
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I drain the hot water heater after every trip... not sure now much of the lines get drained that way, but judging from how long it takes to get the air out on the next trip, I would guess most of it.


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Old 07-23-2016, 04:53 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the replies. I like the idea of just opening the faucets and low point drains when leaving the campground then closing them when you get home. Very simple and a great way to prevent any problems.
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Old 07-23-2016, 05:06 PM   #14
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I once forgot to drain the hot water heater and the trailer sat for two months. When we used it again the hot water smelled awful and the DW was not happy. Had to drain and sanitize at a later date. This was with well water which of course has no chlorine.
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:21 AM   #15
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I always keep my fresh water tank full to allow for water line breaks at the park. It happened 11 times last summer where I volunteer. So far this summer only 1 time, but I always have water. Since it is so hot right now I switch to my fresh water tank once a month and use it for a few loads of laundry and a shower or 3. When close to empty I fill it back up for the next time. Others around me are always upset with the water is off, but I'm good to go. I got burned once with an empty tank and never again unless it should go off when I'm cycling the tank.

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Old 07-24-2016, 06:12 AM   #16
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I only travel with 9 gallons of water, and I have that water chlorinated almost like I'm sanitizing the tank. Since I only use that water for flushing the toilet or washing my hands, it works for me. I leave it in there until its time to winterize.
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I think it may also be worth mentioning that water weighs just over 8lbs a gallon so depending on your tank size this could add a fair bit of weight to your trailer. Unfortunately we have not used our new trailer yet but it has a 45 gal tank so that's an extra 375 lbs of fuel burning weight. I think when we finally get out on some long trips we will keep a small amount of water 5-10gal for stops along the way and fill up on site.then the water stays fresh and you keep the weight down.sorry 65 Gallon tank just over 500lbs
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:29 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by TCNashville View Post
I drain after every trip. Before leaving the campground, I open all the faucets first including the outside shower. Just before I pull out, I open the low point drains. By the time I get back to the storage facility everything's drained including the water heater. After I get parked, I go in and close all the faucets and prop open the fridge doors. I also let the fresh tank drain as well.
Exactly what we do. Works very well.

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