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Old 11-11-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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Metal hot water tank plug?

Discovered today that my hot water plug is metal. Bought trailer brand new in
April. (Wildwood 27RKSS)Can not get it to budge. Going to have to get a socket
to try and get it off. Why in the world would Forest River put a metal plug there.
I will get a plastic one to replace it. Has anyone else run into this?
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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What were you trying to take it off with? You really want to trust city water pressure to a cheap plastic plug? Maybe its a anode rod and not a plug in there now.
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #3
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If it's a Suberban water heater then it is an anode rod. Need 1 1/16 inch six point socket to remove...good luck
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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As said that is probably an Anode not just a plug.

PB Blaster around the outside will help once you have the correct size socket. (Recommend 1/2" drive)

For the winter I actually use a plastic plug with some Fluid Film sprayed on it to keep it from rusting up. Then put a new anode in with plumbers dope/tape in the spring.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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As others have stated, it's most likely the sacrificial anode rod, which you do remove to drain the Suburban water heater. You will need to keep an anode rod in this type of water heater as it helps preserve it.

You will also need to replace the anode rod as part of routine maintenance.

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Old 11-11-2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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Discovered today that my hot water plug is metal. Bought trailer brand new in
April. (Wildwood 27RKSS)Can not get it to budge. Going to have to get a socket
to try and get it off. Why in the world would Forest River put a metal plug there.
I will get a plastic one to replace it. Has anyone else run into this?
It is suppose to be metal with a anode rod behind it. If you are going to take it out for a reason (other than to replace it with plastic) use a 1/2" drive with a 1 1/16 socket. Before you take it out make sure there is no pressure behind it. (turn on facets to relieve pressure).
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:27 PM   #7
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there is a relief valve right above it
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there is a relief valve right above it
You can use this too. don"t get wet.
Also make sure the water in the tank is not hot.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:56 PM   #9
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I had to use a Impact wrench to get my Anode Rod out the first time. The rachet motion loosened the plug.

I have a Atwood in my Park Model and it is a plastic plug and doesn't leak or has blown out in 7 years.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:23 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your help. I will tackle this project real soon.
Just have to get the proper tools.
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