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Old 11-29-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Anod Rod Question

Is this how the Anod Rod is supposed to look on a camper that is a few months old?


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Old 11-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Mine did.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:53 AM   #3
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Yours looks good.

This diagram compares the wear on an anode rod in a general sense. The amount of time it takes really depends on the corrosive elements in your water supply(ies). My current rod looks pretty good even after two good years of camping.

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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Thanks! That makes it easy to understand!
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:30 PM   #5
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The amount of time it takes really depends on the corrosive elements in your water supply(ies). My current rod looks pretty good even after two good years of camping.
X2

You can also extend the life of your rod, by draining your water heater when not in use between camping trips....instead of letting the anode rod stay submerged in water during idle time.

Just looking at the pic, it seems your rod is getting weak near the threaded end. As cheap as the rods are, I would probably go ahead and replace this one since you got it out.

As the rod does it job and deteriorates, it leaves pieces and residue inside your heaters tank, that needs to be flushed/cleaned every so often.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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X2 on draining Hw heater between trips .

Got 7 years on my last anode rod and still didn't need replaced before I traded.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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I have 4 years on my anode rod, and I don't drain the water between trips.

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I don't plan on replacing that puppy anytime soon...maybe when it gets down to the about 25% anode remaining in another 10 years or so.
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I won't get a year on mine down here, if I don't drain the tank. We probably have more chemicals in our H2O.
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I have 4 years on my anode rod, and I don't drain the water between trips.

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I don't plan on replacing that puppy anytime soon...maybe when it gets down to the about 25% anode remaining in another 10 years or so.

This whole issue of how long each person gets from his/her anode rod has many variables such as the hardness of the water at the various CG's you visit, the chemicals in the various CG water supply, how often you use your RV water heater, etc.

There is no hard life limit that each of us can expect to get from their anode rod.

I guess that is why the anode rod manufacturers don't give a definite life limit.
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WMTire how do you flush out the residue inside your heaters tank
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