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Old 04-26-2014, 12:33 PM   #11
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Just a heads-up, the plastic plugs can leak after removing/replacing a couple of times so having a few extras on hand is recommended (cheap). Also, clean out the sediment build-up inside the 'cup' of the plastic plug if you re-use it.

Note, always use plastic plugs in an Atwood WH because any type of metal plug with cause a corrosive reaction.

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Thanks, Bob.
Question, do you just buy the plastic plugs from big box home improvement stores? Or do you need to get them from an RV supply?
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:28 PM   #12
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Just a heads-up, the plastic plugs can leak after removing/replacing a couple of times so having a few extras on hand is recommended (cheap). Also, clean out the sediment build-up inside the 'cup' of the plastic plug if you re-use it.

Note, always use plastic plugs in an Atwood WH because any type of metal plug with cause a corrosive reaction.

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Good idea about the extra hot water heater plugs. Never have had to replace one, but you never know! Do any of you go to the extra trouble of blowing out your hot water heater. I have flushed from the top but have never put a jet stream inside from the bottom to flush it out. Any recommendations???
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:12 PM   #13
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Thanks to some of the replies here, I did find the access panel for the slide on our 256RKS, and it is where suggested, about a 2' x 2' panel in the covering of the underbelly, opposite side from the slide out. And FYI, mine takes a 5/8" socket.

And also, FYI, my spare tire access requires a 3/4" socket. My spare is underneath the trailer, in the center, and about 25% of the way back from the tongue. Mine can be taken down or up with the 3/4" socket from just under the forwardmost door on the TT.

Thanks again for all your help! Now I need to stop by HD and pick up a couple of the correct plastic plugs to keep on hand for the water heater.
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Congratulations on your new trailer, and welcome to the JOF! As you have seen, the folks on this forum are super helpful - always willing to share their wealth of information, experience and wisdom. Glad they were able to help you find the info you needed.

I have a 2013 Eagle 266RKS; same basic floor plan, but about 1-1/2' longer. Don't you just love the open feeling and the extra countertop space you get with a rear kitchen layout? I just spent my first week camping in it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope yours brings you as much pleasure as mine has already!
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Camco makes a inexpensive wand that you can use to flush out the wh thru the bottom hole.
You will be surprises at the deposits that will wash out. I try to do mine when I drain the wh and have pressurized water.
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Congratulations on your new trailer, and welcome to the JOF! As you have seen, the folks on this forum are super helpful - always willing to share their wealth of information, experience and wisdom. Glad they were able to help you find the info you needed.

I have a 2013 Eagle 266RKS; same basic floor plan, but about 1-1/2' longer. Don't you just love the open feeling and the extra countertop space you get with a rear kitchen layout? I just spent my first week camping in it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope yours brings you as much pleasure as mine has already!
Thanks. You are right -- everyone on this forum has been so very helpful since I asked a few questions.

I looked up your 266RKS -- very nice! -- a slightly stretched version of our 256RKS. I researched floor plans and specs very intensely for several months. Like you, we liked the rear kitchen layouts for the counter space, we wanted to stay a little over 28', wanted a large deep slide, and a lot of storage for the size. I found several models somewhat similar, but they all had considerably less storage than the 256RKS. We were fortunate to find a good buy on one from a private party, which also means in our state, no sales tax. I've been tinkering, doing a lot of mods, and so on, getting ready for the summer camping season, which for us starts May 19. We're really looking forward to it!

Thanks again, and enjoy your trailer this summer!
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Camco makes a inexpensive wand that you can use to flush out the wh thru the bottom hole.
You will be surprises at the deposits that will wash out. I try to do mine when I drain the wh and have pressurized water.
Thanks for the tip! That should do a much better job than just a garden hose. I just ordered one from Amazon.
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