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Old 05-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Dumb "NewB' water heater question?

Okay so after our initial trip in our NTU Jamboree, I dutifully drained and rinsed the hot water heater to avoid that nasty smell, etc.

Now I am getting geared up for another trip next week and I think I want to fill the hot water tank before I leave (?) home....that way I can just turn on the heater upon arrival (or overnight in the rest stop) and have decent water to wash with in the morning.

Assuming it is most easy to just partially fill my fresh water tank from my home faucet, it is okay to just turn on the house batteries for a bit and open the hot water faucets in the coach until they all run and then assume that this has backfilled the hot water tank??

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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You don't need to drain and refill the water heater every time you use it. Once a season is probably sufficient. Maybe a couple times if you don't use it very much.
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You don't need to drain and refill the water heater every time you use it. Once a season is probably sufficient. Maybe a couple times if you don't use it very much.
Ditto

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X3 on the draining. I do mine once in the middle of summer and that because I don't use it enough.
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Going to throw out a little different idea here. I drain my whole system everytime I come back. Tank, pipes, and the hot water tank for two reasons.

#1 I don't get to use it as often as I would like.

#2 When I fill it at home we're coming out of a well.

I figure it's easier to drain everything than leave it in there and have to go through cleaning and sanitizing the whole system later. I also prefer not to add chemicals to the water in the tank.
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....that way I can just turn on the heater upon arrival (or overnight in the rest stop) and have decent water to wash with in the morning.

My water heater is heated by the engine cooling system while I am driving, it isn't really really hot, but it is adequate for washing while stopping at a Wallyworld overnighter. YOu might check and see if yours is also.

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