How to drain an RV water heater! A must do!

What everyone needs to know about their RV water heater! Especially for new RVers! This must know tip will keep you on the road and your water flowing nice and fresh.

We have been in business for many years and one of the main things we fix every year during the spring is water heaters. (One after another) If you don’t want to be one of the newbies that makes the huge yet simple mistake and end up spending hundreds of dollars on replacing a water heater you are going to want to read the rest of this.

Our goal is to keep you next to running water not in it. RVs are supposed to be parked by rivers not have rivers flowing in them.

I want to emphasize the importance of draining your water heater. I would recommend you draining it every time you’re done camping if you are going to let the RV sit for more than two weeks before your next trip. I would also empty your fresh water tanks as well. If you let the water sit in the hot water heater tank or the fresh water tank for too long it will start to stink real badly! The hot water heater tank will smell especially bad because of the hot water, it will start to smell like sulfur. If you have ever been to a hot spring then you will know the smell.
Also, if you get into a good habit of draining your tanks when the fall comes it will be as easy as one, two, and three to drain and get your RV winterized.

Now for the sad but true story that happened to one of our customers. This guy went out and bought an RV last year from some dealer. (Not us) He used his trailer all last summer for some fun camping trips. Sadly, he wasn’t told to drain his water tanks or even winterize his unit. This spring he decided to hook up his RV and get it ready for camping. He hooked up the water and noticed some leaks. He brought it to us so we could check it out for him. We found that almost every tank he had in his RV was leaking! Even his water lines where leaking. To make a long story short, he is now ready to go back camping this summer. Unfortunately, it all came at a price and after having to spend $8,000.00 to get it all leak free he will now forever remember to drain and winterize his RV.

I hope that you will not have to learn the same lesson and will either winterize your unit or take it into your local dealer. For some local dealers check out the link below:

So if you want to save some major headaches and money get into the habit of draining your tanks. Below is a picture of a water heater from the outside with the cover off. at the very bottom of this blog I am going to show you a video of how to drain your water heater.

Check out the picture below to see the water heater that we removed out of the RV that we had to fix.

As I already said above, you will also want to empty the fresh water tank and water lines. There is usually a valve under the RV somewhere that you will need to open. Sometimes they are on an easy valve system that you can turn. Other times it is a cap that you have to unscrew. Sometimes if you are lucky there is a sign on the outside that says low point drains as you can see in the picture below.

Other times you just have to crawl under your RV and look. Take a look at the pictures below so you can get an ideas of what you are looking for.

Remember that not all RVs are the same and sometimes the values to open will be up in a compartment and even inside under some cabinets. Typically they are near your fresh water tank or your water pump.

Now please check out the video below so you can see how to drain your water heater and never have to replace it. I hope you enjoy it and come back for more tips and tricks.

I hope this was helpful. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask on our website under the contact us page. I put the link below:

Once again, thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Camp onward…

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