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Old 09-26-2012, 05:46 AM   #21
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For those who are considering using a low point drain to empty your water heater you are missing a important maintenance element. Sediment forms in the tank and needs to be flushed out. This is done by removing the nylon plug and using a water jet wand to flush this sediment out. If you drain the tank and leave the sediment it can form a cake that can be very difficult to remove later.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #22
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Just remember brass and aluminum are not friendly to each other; throw heat into the mix and you're asking for trouble. That is why they put a nylon plug in there at the factory. I would recommend buying one or two plastic plugs and chuck 'em if the threads get buggered up and put a new one in.
This is an important point that is often overlooked. It helps to have a metallurgist amongest us. Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:12 PM   #23
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I just feel the water coming out, if its hot....well you know
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:32 AM   #24
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How often does one drain the hot water tank? After every trip? End of the season? I pull my low point drains and let everything drain after every trip. At the end of this year it looks like a good investment in the hot water tank rinser from camping world for $6. I will probably pull the plug and rinse when I winterize.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #25
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How often does one drain the hot water tank? After every trip? End of the season? I pull my low point drains and let everything drain after every trip. At the end of this year it looks like a good investment in the hot water tank rinser from camping world for $6. I will probably pull the plug and rinse when I winterize.
I only do this at the end of the season.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:54 PM   #26
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Remove drain plug

Before our last trip I went to drain the hot water tank on my Jayco. I unscrewed the nylon plug with a ratchet and the plug and socket shot into the block wall at a hundred miles an hour! Glad I wasn't standing in front of it! Obviously I needed to release the pressure inside first, can anyone tell me how?
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:29 PM   #27
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Open the fawcetts or if there is a pressure releif valve on water heater its self
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:48 PM   #28
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Easiest way is to just open the faucets in the camper. I drain my hot water tank by opening the low point drains under my lower bunk. I don't mess with that drain plug anymore.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #29
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my mod

I bought a nylon nipple (maybe censored) that would thread into tank and put a household flexible bathroom hose on it, about 18", then a quarter turn shutoff. Now I can just release the pressure and point the hose down and drain the tank. I'm always amazed at how brown it first is after a trip.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:32 PM   #30
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Keep in mind that the plastic drain plug in the aluminum tank are also designed to collect residue from the inside of the tank. When I reuse my plastic drain plug I first have to clean out the inside cavity of the plug before re-installing.

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