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Old 05-27-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who drains the water lines and water heater during short or in between trip storage periods? No other reason than stagnant water concerns not weather or freezing concerns at all. Is this a bad practice? Are there any downsides to doing this?
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:53 PM   #2
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Am I the only one who drains the water lines and water heater during short or in between trip storage periods? No other reason than stagnant water concerns not weather or freezing concerns at all. Is this a bad practice? Are there any downsides to doing this?
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I also drain the WH most of the time.
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:51 PM   #3
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We always drain everything at the end of a trip, no matter how soon we're going back out.

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Water heater draining

I only my drain end of season. We do 30-40 nights per year so water typically doesn’t stay in the tank more than 30 days or so before getting used for showers or dishes.
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Am I the only one who drains the water lines and water heater during short or in between trip storage periods? No other reason than stagnant water concerns not weather or freezing concerns at all. Is this a bad practice? Are there any downsides to doing this?
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.......good idea
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Am I the only one who drains the water lines and water heater during short or in between trip storage periods? No other reason than stagnant water concerns not weather or freezing concerns at all. Is this a bad practice? Are there any downsides to doing this?
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Do you use a drain valve like this


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or remove the plug.
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Does that brass part replace the nylon plug? I would drain my WH after each trip but it too much of a hassle.
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We bought our trailer from Colonial, and they recommended that we drain the water heater if the trailer was going to sit more than a couple weeks between trips. I've since drained it and the fresh water tank after almost every trip.
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Does that brass part replace the nylon plug? I would drain my WH after each trip but it too much of a hassle.
The brass petcock replaces the nylon plug. To drain effectively you need to open the pressure relief valve at the top to let air in because the petcock is quite small diameter.
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We drain our WH at the end of each camp regardless. Just a housekeeping thing of mine. I installed a mini ball valve on ours several years ago. A simple 90 degree turn to drain.
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I installed a boiler cock on the Atwood water heater. Turn the handle 90 degrees. It is not the same as pulling the plug but better than the petcock shown above. Also open the pressure relief when draining.
I drain the water heater and fresh water tank at the end of every trip. Along with the holding tanks.
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