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Old 01-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Water Heater & storage

I just finished a camping trip this January and probably won't use my travel trailer until may :( should I drain my 5 gal water heater when being stored in S.W. Florida for several months or just leave the water in it?

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:29 PM   #2
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Any chance of freezing?

Originally Posted by Kodiak_Kid View Post
I just finished a camping trip this January and probably won't use my travel trailer until may :( should I drain my 5 gal water heater when being stored in S.W. Florida for several months or just leave the water in it?
If no chance of freezing, I would just leave it go, I have never drained mine due to climate controlled storage in my garage and it is fine come spring, never has hurt anything, and in the spring I sanitize the whole system before use.

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Old 01-22-2014, 08:25 PM   #3
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I would drain it since draining is easy and will give you piece of mind. But if you decide not to drain it there will be no harm. In SW Florida even if the temp drops below freezing it is only for a few hours and only slightly drops below freezing. That is not going to freeze 5 gallons of water.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:54 AM   #4
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No brainer. I would not leave water in the wh or water tank for that matter for 4-5 months. Take a few minutes and drain it as could become very stinky in that time frame depending upon where it came from. Our tank(s) are drained if the rig will be unused for a week or more.
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If it's a Suburban, I would drain, flush, and replace the anode if needed.
If Atwood, I'd still drain and flush it, no anode needed. I would leave it empty, wouldn't hurt. Be sure and put the plug back as to keep the threads from rusting up.
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Thanks for the info guys, all good tips.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:04 AM   #7
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Mine's drained at the end of every trip...
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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If I leave water in my fresh water tank for to long it becomes stale and smells bad. Even though the water heater has anode rod it might become stale in there too if it sets for that long. I would drain it.

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