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May 21, 2015 – 10:17 am

can i still use my hot water heater while using my fresh water holding tank?  going away this weekend and the 1st. time not having water hookups..

also have a 2006 jayco 1206 with the bathroom/shower, so i have a grey water holding tank. does anyone know if i leave the outside cap on the sink drain if it will send the water to the holding tank.  i forgot to remove the cap when i de-winterized it but i didn’t have water anywhere in the camper?

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May 21, 2015 – 10:41 am

Yes, as long as there’s water in your water heater, you can use it.  It doesn’t matter whether that source is city water or your fresh tank.

That said, make sure to never run the water heater it when it’s empty.  If you have an electric element in it, it’ll burn out the element (thanks to my boys, I recently had to replace mine due to that).  Running the gas heat when empty is potentially even worse for other reasons.

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May 21, 2015 – 10:48 am

Yes, the fresh water holding tank will pump water into the hot water heater in the same manner as if you had water hook ups so you can use the HWH for showers and at the sink.  If you have never camped without hookups you need to conserve water.  No long showers.  Get wet, shut water off.  Soap up and then rinse off. 

I don’t understand what you are saying about the sink drain cap.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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May 21, 2015 – 10:57 am

thanks for the replies… 

lone lock – when i de-winterized my camper i was running water at the sink but forgot to unscrew the cap on the outside drain for the sink. i ran a good amount of water thru the sink but no water was leaking anywhere in the camper that i could find, after i realized i still had the cap on outside. thats why i was wondering if there was a overflow that would send the water to the grey water holding tank.  also if thats the case i wouldn’t need 2 blue totes or 1 that i would need to switch back and forth???

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