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Old 08-12-2011, 11:18 AM   #15
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Rinse the drained water off...

Remember that if any of the water from the water heater splashes onto the coach side be sure to rinse it off. Most of the time it will have minerals in it that will show on the coach if not rinsed while it is still wet.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by ajlcal View Post
Some say drain , some say don't drain. It's a matter of opinion and either has some merit. But if you drain, make sure you never turn on the electric or gas to the hot water tank without being full of water. You'll be replacing the tank if it's not full of water. Maybe you could put a tag or a piece of tape over the switch that says: TANK EMPTY.
Good idea and rinsing the splashing mineral water too!

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After 25 years and 5 different motorhomes; I never drain. (of course I live in Florida so It doesn't freeze here)
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Let's see - my first RV was a well equipped for its time, popup, in 1972 then on through our current 5er with many and varied other RV's in between. The water gets drained in the late fall - and unless I have another water related repair item, never drained between. Why drain? I don't keep the power or gas on so the heating element is never not fully immersed, hence no evaporation nor any chance for mineral deposition. I don't drink water from the HW tank. I have no sludge, I have never had a heater element fail though have replaced a thermocouple or two. Why chance turning this device on empty and the immediate failure of a heating element. There are enough other 'things' to do then to remember to fill the HW heater when we leave home

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