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Using a water heater tank rinser is the key to maintaining your RV’s water heater

Every Wednesday (that’s today!) we meet for a livestream called Talkin’ RV Tech. We not only answer technical questions, but we also share what we like to call “cool tools.” These are tools and gadgets that we actually use! We also believe they will be helpful to you. This captures one of our latest shares, the Camco water heater tank rinser.

Utilizing a water heater tank rinser is key to maintaining your water heater. Whether you have a Suburban or Dometic water heater, sediment rests at the bottom of your tank. The only way to get it out is to disturb it at the bottom of the tank and flush it out. As Dave Solberg mentions, the drain valve is not at the very bottom of the tank. So simply draining the tank will not remove the sediment.

To use the water heater tank rinser, simply attach it to the end of a garden hose. Insert the rinser into the water heater drain, turn on the water flow and move the tank rinser back and forth to disturb and wash out all sediment from the water heater.

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Dustin owns and operates California RV Specialists, an independent RV repair shop located in Lodi, CA. He thrives on sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of RV repair and maintenance with his team, customers, and virtual friends.

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Dustin proudly operates the business alongside his wife, Ashley; but the true pair that run the show are their Boston Terriers, Arvie and Hitch.

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Larry
17 days ago

For those of you who have not watched the “Guys” 1 hr weekly show, you really should. I always learn something, such as Dave’s jokes….they are usually punny. Here’s to you all getting lots of likes and clicks!

Jim
18 days ago

Also, when draining the tank turn on the water pump or city water for a few minutes. The pressure flushes out a lot of sediment.

Leonard
18 days ago

I use the Camco rinser as well and it is of poor quality. It does work as intended, but hang on to the flush tube as it will separate under water pressure. Camco makes so many RV specific products, but be aware of quality issues. Case in point is their water filter canister which has plastic threads that will not stop leaking! lol. First world problems, I know.

Last edited 18 days ago by Leonard
Snoopy
18 days ago

Wondering if this works on our Atwood on demand water heater?
Thanks
Snoopy

Joseph Testa
18 days ago

I highly recommend a screw down clamp on the end of the grey tube on the yellow end, yep those grey tubes can pop off and then you gotta fish around the inside of the water heater to try to get it back out.

Kelley Miller
18 days ago
Reply to  Joseph Testa

I agree. I lost my grey tube last year, but I kept flushing water inside the tank, and lo and behold, the tube just floated out. I just bought a new one that appears to be more substantial than the plastic one, but I haven’t tried it yet. Really hope it works.

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