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Has anyone every used a water heater rinser? It's supposed to help wash out sediment that collects on the bottom of the tank. I always drain my tank after each trip so I'm thinking that would accomplish the same thing but looking for other opinions...thanks!

Here's one on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11691-Water-........B002XL2IBS/ref=acc_glance_auto_ai_ps_t_2


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I just use a 5' length of cheap clear vinyl hose that fits into the drain hole and start a siphon to "vacuum" the minerals out of the bottom.


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wolfe10 wrote:

I just use a 5' length of cheap clear vinyl hose that fits into the drain hole and start a siphon to "vacuum" the minerals out of the bottom.


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I have one and it forces out a surprising amount of "stuff!"

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I cut the end off an old small diameter garden hose and regularly flush it out. It is amazing what builds up from hard campground water.


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I purchased/used one last yr for my 92 Jamboree - water quality in Oregon must be great because I had almost nothing at the bottom of that tank.


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Can remove sediment and hard water scale by draining. There is at least a quart of water left in the tank after you drain it. Siphon of flushing will remove it. Flush with the drain plug removed.


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Can remove sediment and hard water scale by draining. There is at least a quart of water left in the tank after you drain it. Siphon of flushing will remove it. Flush with the drain plug removed.


Yes, being heavier than water, the minerals will be in the bottom, below the drain plug. That is why we use a siphon to "vacuum" them out.

Just move the hose around the bottom of the tank-- with a clear hose, you will see when you do/do not have minerals in the hose.

If it hasn't been done in awhile, you may have to have someone "bump" the water pump to re-fill the heater if you couldn't get the whole thing clean in the one 6/10 gallons of water in the tank.

And, though it should be obvious, be sure to bleed off water pressure before removing the drain plug (unless you really need a bath and don't mind the plug being shot at you under 30 PSI!)

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One added thought - set your levelers to tilt the rig so the effluent pours out easier. Good idea, no?


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go wild wrote:

Has anyone every used a water heater rinser? It's supposed to help wash out sediment that collects on the bottom of the tank. I always drain my tank after each trip so I'm thinking that would accomplish the same thing but looking for other opinions...thanks!

Here's one on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11691-Water-........B002XL2IBS/ref=acc_glance_auto_ai_ps_t_2


It works great for me, been using one for years.


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