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Old 02-27-2015, 03:20 PM   #11
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How often is everyone draining the tank? Since we live in the RV for months at a time, I only drain it when we come home. So it's not a big deal to use a socket and ratchet.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:33 AM   #12
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How often is everyone draining the tank? Since we live in the RV for months at a time, I only drain it when we come home. So it's not a big deal to use a socket and ratchet.
I drain ALL the water every time we put it in storage. We typically go out once a month, but I rarely know when will be our next trip. This time of year (our busy season) it will sit for 3 months and the best I can do is get in a storage visit every 3-4 weeks.

We had a bad experience with some water that had been left in our rig for a long time. With the hot Texas sun, bad things happen to water sitting in plastic containers. So since then, I take a few extra minutes to drain all the water out before it goes back to storage. So far it has worked well for us.

This year I'm planning to blow the lines dry every time I put it back in storage, and sanitize once at the beginning of the season. We don't drink the on-board water or the filtered city water so it's not THAT big a deal, but still, I'd rather not leave any water in the trailer.
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I drain ALL the water every time we put it in storage. We typically go out once a month, but I rarely know when will be our next trip. This time of year (our busy season) it will sit for 3 months and the best I can do is get in a storage visit every 3-4 weeks.

We had a bad experience with some water that had been left in our rig for a long time. With the hot Texas sun, bad things happen to water sitting in plastic containers. So since then, I take a few extra minutes to drain all the water out before it goes back to storage. So far it has worked well for us.

This year I'm planning to blow the lines dry every time I put it back in storage, and sanitize once at the beginning of the season. We don't drink the on-board water or the filtered city water so it's not THAT big a deal, but still, I'd rather not leave any water in the trailer.
Yuck! I think I would rather deal with frozen lines and snow!

Ours comes out once a year when we winterize. Other than that the hot water tank is always full.

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I saw a light weight wrench at CampingWorld this weekend. Like a box-end wrench it had 2 sizes and even came with a new plug in each size. Was $10 as I recall. Not 100% convinced it would be easy to use tho.
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You can also use a thin wall plumbers deep socket, They are inexpensive.
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Yuck! I think I would rather deal with frozen lines and snow!

Ours comes out once a year when we winterize. Other than that the hot water tank is always full.

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It's a small price to pay for a year-round camping season. If this time of year wasn't freakin' crazy at work, we'd be out twice a month, and I would rarely have to winterize my trailer at all. As it is, I "winterize" it not because I'm afraid of it freezing, but because I don't want water stored in it during tax season when it sits for 3-4 months.

Well, there's all that, and I'm VERY spoiled when it comes to my water. The least little smell or taste and I'm an unhappy camper. That's why we only drink filtered RO treated water.
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I use this. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...plug-kit/70661
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Yeah, that's the one I saw. It works well then?
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[QUOTE=Camper_bob;275096]It's a small price to pay for a year-round camping season. QUOTE]

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I use a cheap ratchet w/ extension and a 1 1/16 socket. Keep it in my water box.
This is what I do. Couldn't get any easier and it breaks down. Something with a T handle probably wouldn't. Not sure why a special tool would be better?
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