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Old 04-05-2017, 03:01 PM   #1
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Back from our first trip out .... not sure of what to do ???

Hello again,

We just returned from our first ever trip, glamping, with our '17 Classic. (By the way anyone who has not experienced the little town of Cape Charles Va should, relaxing and quite place). Back on subject, we utilized full hook-ups during our stay and now back home. We are headed back out in 10 days for a longer stay, do I empty the hot water tank over our 10 days at home or is what water that is in the tank ok until then and usable during our next outing?

Thank you ...

Jed
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Old 04-05-2017, 03:22 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:37 PM   #3
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Hello pops1814

I'm almost your neighbor, living in Swedesboro NJ. About 1 mile from Camping World.....My wife and I are planning a fall trip and just last night we're looking at Cape Charles Va, as a stop on the way back from N C.

Where did you stay? Any particular site?
We have looked online at several : including: Cherrystone / Virginia Landing and Kiptopeke State Park.

Just 2 of us retirees a 22fb Bambi and a Sheltie puppy, thanks for any info you can pass our way.. Dave
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:18 PM   #4
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I never even thought about it to be honest.....we never drained our hot water tank all last season and it was never an issue.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:25 PM   #5
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Hello Jed - thanks for the location tip!

Most of our camping is at sites with city water which one assumes is treated (bleach) - or - if I'm using onboard fresh water, I know I've sanitized the tank and there's an appropriate amount of bleach. So I never empty the WH until the end of the season for winterizing. Never had a problem with that approach.

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Old 04-06-2017, 04:37 AM   #6
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I'm almost your neighbor, living in Swedesboro NJ. About 1 mile from Camping World.....My wife and I are planning a fall trip and just last night we're looking at Cape Charles Va, as a stop on the way back from N C.



Where did you stay? Any particular site?

We have looked online at several : including: Cherrystone / Virginia Landing and Kiptopeke State Park.



Just 2 of us retirees a 22fb Bambi and a Sheltie puppy, thanks for any info you can pass our way.. Dave


Dave

Please understand we are truly first timers, this past weekend was our first experience camping in any form specially with a 30 foot Airstream. So our input could be missing many important aspects of camping.

We stayed at Sunset Beach, this location was very nice all facilities appeared to be brand new as were the electrical hookups. The showers facilities were spotless, clean and comfortable. They have a restaurant/bar on their beach deck that promotes Seafood and good beer; my wife asked for shrimp on here salad they did not have any. She asked for oysters they did not have any. My beer glasses, which I am a craft beer nut, were only 3/4 full because the lady behind the bar did not know how to pour and simply shrugged off the issue with an " I am sorry" but still charged full price.

We explored the other facilities in the area, Cherrystone and Kiptopeke State Park.

Kiptopeke State Park was nice, their facilities are situated in a nice tree lined section of the park. We will try this place at sometime in the future on our way to the OBX.

Cherrystone was very nice with sites looking directly out onto the Chesapeake. Which we have already booked for a long weekend next mouth.

FYI ... coming north from NC just this side of the Chesapeake Bridge is a large rest area which allows overnight stops.

Our favorite must stop at location for great seafood and local beers, on our way to OBX, is The Great Machipongo Clam Shack on 13 just 25 north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.


Hope this info helps

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Old 04-06-2017, 04:55 AM   #7
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An answer to your question and to all the helpers with NOT 2017 Classics.

Yes drain the hot water tank by all means. This should be done anyway about every two weeks to a month - period.

The hot water jacket in the system you have and we have is only 2.5 gallons, it's a jacket within a larger boiler which also carries the Alde fluid to provide your heat. At the top of the separate hot water jacket there must be an air bubble. This bubble dissipates over time and becomes smaller and smaller negatively impacting the ability of this small volume of water to provide sufficient hot water. Therefore, whenever we are using our trailer full time we dump whenever I am not doing anything, after two weeks as well as anytime we put the trailer away at home for any length of period. WE DO NOT dump the Alde fluid, this takes place every two years of use.

The dump valve is under the dinette seat closest to the front of the trailer and is a flip valve, depending on the age of your trailer the base is either blue (older) or white (newer). Easy to do, I also open all the in coach drains and let them drain as well, but outside water must be shut off.

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Thanks for the info

Good morning Jed, Thanks for taking time to respond..... newbie or not info is always helpful. Your a brave man taking a 30footer on I- 95 south on your first trip... We are only in our 2nd year so we are still learning also. Purchased from Colonial in fall 2015..We are both retired teachers... (Maple Shade and Voorhees ).
We will be traveling to visit family and friends in Virginia, North and South Carolina in September... based on your experience we will book into Sunset Beach... planning to take the Cape May Lewis Ferry back to SJ...another new experience...anything to avoid I-95... Thanks again... Dave
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An answer to your question and to all the helpers with NOT 2017 Classics.

Yes drain the hot water tank by all means. This should be done anyway about every two weeks to a month - period.

The hot water jacket in the system you have and we have is only 2.5 gallons, it's a jacket within a larger boiler which also carries the Alde fluid to provide your heat. At the top of the separate hot water jacket there must be an air bubble. This bubble dissipates over time and becomes smaller and smaller negatively impacting the ability of this small volume of water to provide sufficient hot water. Therefore, whenever we are using our trailer full time we dump whenever I am not doing anything, after two weeks as well as anytime we put the trailer away at home for any length of period. WE DO NOT dump the Alde fluid, this takes place every two years of use.

The dump valve is under the dinette seat closest to the front of the trailer and is a flip valve, depending on the age of your trailer the base is either blue (older) or white (newer). Easy to do, I also open all the in coach drains and let them drain as well, but outside water must be shut off.

Good luck

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Excellent point! My bad - I didn't realize there's a different WH system in the OP's trailer! Ignore my advice earlier! Most do that anyway, but since the OP is new....
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I learned from having several boats that sometimes we would get a horrible smell which turned out to be Hydrogen gas (explosive) from the Hot Water tanks. I am not a chemist so I do not know why this would occur. I had three different boats that did this. Because of that I got into the habit of draining them after each trip. I do this with the AS also. I think the fresh water tank would be fine to leave water in though.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:23 AM   #11
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I have been RVing for over FOURTY YEARS in AIRSTREAM and SOBs
I have never drained a hot water tank other than to winterise the unit.

What could the purpose be??
Unless of course you want to drink hot water !!!

Am I missing something ???
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All info is great but, you need to make sure that you check the lugs nuts, must be check first 100 miles then 500 to 1000 miles to the specified lbs.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:27 PM   #13
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draing hot water tank

I drain the hot water tank if we don't intend to go camping for a couple of weeks. Because:
1. The inside of the tank is aluminum and if you have chlorine in the water it will react with the aluminum.
2. We have been trailering since the mid 70's and in all those years I had to replace the hot water tank just once. We have a well and therefore no chlorine is in the water but many campgrounds supply you with chlorinated water.
3. I also feed a wick into the outlet and drain all the water out. You would be surprised how much water remains in the bottom of the tank after you've drained it.
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Hello again,

We just returned from our first ever trip, glamping, with our '17 Classic. (By the way anyone who has not experienced the little town of Cape Charles Va should, relaxing and quite place). Back on subject, we utilized full hook-ups during our stay and now back home. We are headed back out in 10 days for a longer stay, do I empty the hot water tank over our 10 days at home or is what water that is in the tank ok until then and usable during our next outing?

Thank you ...

Jed
Jed,

Glad to hear you enjoyed your first camping trip with your Classic.

To respond to your question: I have never emptied the water tank on any of the Campers I have owned between trips. If you are concerned about bacteria in the water, the heat from the water tank, once reignited and reaches shut off temp, will kill off any bacteria remaining in the tank.

hmm come to think about it, I never have drunk any hot water from the water heater tank.

Another thought. I believe I have read that in home emergency situations where gas, water supply is cut off, a safe supply of water is from you hot water tank.
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