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BarneyS

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Posted: 11/08/20 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, I drain the one in my house every few years to get any rust or other crud out of the bottom of the tank. Have done that routine for about 60 years or so. [emoticon]

After a year of use, you would be amazed at what comes out of the water heater if you blast some water around in there. It depends on where you camp and what the quality of the water is in your rig but most campgrounds have relatively hard water which leaves white deposits behind on the heating rods and other parts of the heater.

I have had as much as a whole cup or more of the crud break loose and come out of mine after camping for the summer and then spending the winter in a campground in Florida. I would always clean and drain the water heater before we returned to Michigan in the spring.

I just use the Camco wand with the J bend at the end. It provides a lot of velocity to the water which breaks up the crud inside. Mine is probably 10 or 12 years old and will definitely look at it closely next spring when our trailer is opened up again to be sure the tube is securely fastened.

I also have one of those long wire grippers as was linked. It is used a lot to get coins out of my wifes clothes dryer here at home and have used it for many other purposes also. A must have in anyone's toolbox in my opinion. [emoticon]
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Posted: 11/09/20 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I read about the problem with the Camco fill nozzle on here years ago and when I got one I used a little Plumber's Goop to make sure it wouldn't come apart.


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Posted: 11/09/20 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wanderingbob wrote:

Why do ya feel the need to rinse your water heater ? Do you rinse the one in your house ?


Yes once a year I do drain/flush my residential water heater
Also check the Anode Rod .....usually have to replace at 4th year

Scale/calcium etc build up in bottom...draining/flush helps control that build up
RV/Residential ....same/same except for tank size


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I put a small hose clamp on the Camco fresh water filler tube. It stays on real well now.

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I had the same problem about a year ago. It took me almost two weeks of trying various solutions to finally get it out of the tank. Mine is an Atwood so there is no way it was going to come out the drain hole because of the size and angle. I got one of those small cameras and inserted it into the heating element mounting hole and could see that it was lodged underneath the gas heating tube.

I tried blasting it with compressed air, didn't budge. I made up another water tube connected to the hose and tried moving it that way...didn't budge. I finally tried refilling and draining the heater and after the third try the tube moved to where I could see it laying on the bottom of the tank fairly close to the heating element hole. I had to have my wife shine a flashlight into drain hole in order to see inside the tank. I then used 2 pairs of 12 inch locking Hemostat Forceps to finally grab and remove the plastic tube. The "Mechanical Fingers" that was linked to on the previous page did not work. It was difficult to get into the hole and when I did get it in the right position it didn't grip the tube tight enough for removal.

I contacted Camco about my problem and frankly they could have cared less. All they said was they didn't think it would cause a problem. I told them it was a poor design and the grey tube was susceptible to splitting and coming off the hose adapter. If you decide to use this product be sure you use a small hose clamp to secure the grey tube to the hose adapter nipple. If you see any splits in the tube cut off the damage piece and reinstall it and use a hose clamp.

I also put a clamp on my Camco fresh water fill device to keep it from going into the fresh water tank...

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wanderingbob wrote:

Why do ya feel the need to rinse your water heater ? Do you rinse the one in your house ?


Yes, twice a year. Not really a rinse like the RV heater, more of a drain off of a couple of gallons and all the sediment on the bottom.

For the OP I would suggest flushing from above thru the temp/pressure relief valve and as the water rushes out the bottom stop and start a couple of times and see if the tube seeks the opening.


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Speaking from actual experience in removing the tube, that will not work because the tube is rigid and will not bend. The tube will be laying on the bottom of the tank in a horizontal position lengthwise.

The only possible way to remove it is to remove the heating element and try and grab the tube with a locking hemostat, move it a bit and use a second pair of hemostats to grab it a bit further down the tube, and then repeat until you can grab it close to the end, then carefully pull it out the opening. I got mine out on the 4th try. It takes a lot of patience and a few choice words, but it can be done.

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I just drain my camper water heater once a year. But, I am just a weekend camper and I carry my water to the park in my freshwater tank so I know that it is good water.

I can't drain the water heater in my home there is no drain. And, I'm not sure but, I think the tank might be made of plastic.

I hope you have good luck getting it out of the tank.

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Posted: 11/19/20 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To the OP, were you able to remove the tube?

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