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When I hooked the water line to the camper for the first time this year, water came pouring out from under the water heater. Any ideas what happened?

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With any water heater that's a sign that the water heater is shot because the glass shelled interior tank broke. It usually happens around the year on the water heater, say its a 7 year water heater, it would break after the 7 year point. There are other factors such as water pipes leaking, but they are on top or the side and would not be leaking from underneath.

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