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Old 04-17-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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to drain or not to drain ??

Hey all I have been watching and reading from the side lines since I purchased my new jay flight 26bh. Great info and great people on here. I have used many of the hints and tips on here already. I have a question. Water heater. Does it have to be drained after each trip or can it stay full? I have found the low point drains dont drain it. And to keep taking the plug out of the heater each time is eventually going to have the plug leaking. Thanks
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:16 PM   #2
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If I'm going back out again in a few days I don't bother but if it's gonna sit a couple weeks I pull the plug. I keep a spare cause I agree, it won't last forever. I'm by no means an expert tho. Only have had my trailer a year.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:22 PM   #3
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I drain mine if we aren't going out for a few weeks. If you pull the low point drains and open your facets, the tank should drain. You can also pull the presume relief valve.

Many of us have replaced the drain plug with a short hose with a valve. Lots of ways to do it. It does reduce the drain rate, but that's OK for me.
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Welcome to JOF and congrats on the Jay Flight. How much time between trips? The drain the HW, you'd need to pull the plug on the outside of the tank. Open the outside panel and look got a 15/16" practice plug. Low point drains will evacuate the lines but not the HW tank. Ours is used weekly so no draining for us. Even if monthly, I'd run the cold for a few minutes to flush the lines and enjoy the weekend
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:25 PM   #5
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Welcome to the JOF as an active participant.

We keep our water system, and water heater, full from the spring to the fall. We don't drain it except to winterize.

I've read on this forum that low point drains will drain the water heater, but it takes a long time. I've never had a reason to try it.
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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once we sanitize the system, we don't drain it except to winterize
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We keep our water system, and water heater, full from the spring to the fall. We don't drain it except to winterize.
X 2, been doing that way since 1977.
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Thanks for the replies. Can any damage be done by towing with water heater full?
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:57 PM   #9
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If you use well water and let the unit sit a couple months without draining you could have really stinky hot water. Been there done that. So I drain the tank if it will be sitting more then a few weeks.
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Thanks for the replies. Can any damage be done by towing with water heater full?
No, It is designed to have water in it underway!
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