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Old 10-31-2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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States map and winterize?

Just purchased a 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express. Our 5th travel trailer. Wife and I are from Missouri.

2 Questions:

1 Want to put a states map on the slide out wall which is slightly textured. How well will that hold with the slide going in and out?

2 When I went to winterize, I undid the plug for the hot water heater and it was just a plug. Previous travel trailers had a 5 or 6 inch metal core. Should I replace the plug with a metal core or is it ok without?


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Old 10-31-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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Don't think the state map would stick to a textured surface very well, but I could be wrong. What brand is your water heater? I think it's Atwood that you don't need a anode rod.

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I expect the textured surface will not securely hold the map. There is a rubber gasket that slides along and it could remove the map.

Newer water heaters do not need an anode rod. Before making the decision check out the make and model on the manufacturers website and see what they recommend.
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If your water heater is in atwood, it doesn't need the anode rod and shouldn't be used. If it is a suburban then you need one.
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If your water heater is in atwood, it doesn't need the anode rod and shouldn't be used. If it is a suburban then you need one.
Agree though one is offered for an Atwood and has a petcock to drain it.

Why not put that map on the inside of your entry door if it's smooth? If you are like a lot of folks, you'll leave the door open much of the time. It will also be well protected
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