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Old 04-04-2019, 07:53 AM   #1
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Anyone ever heard of FR product that did not have anode rode in water heater? A plastice plug for draining HW tank but no A rod?
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:56 AM   #2
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Yep, you have an Atwood water heater. Perfectly normal.
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:57 AM   #3
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Anyone ever heard of FR product that did not have anode rode in water heater? A plastice plug for draining HW tank but no A rod?
Certainly... many. Atwood heaters generally donít; Suburban heaters generally do. Now that was before the names got confused!!
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:35 AM   #4
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Many Atwood owners replace the nylon plug with a valve which makes draining very simple.
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Thanks All. I was checking mine yesterday which is 2 years old and a neighboring camper came over to observe what I was doing. Had a new (used) TT and was concerned that he knew nothing about an anode rod change. Wwe noticed that plastic plug and he was conceerned that previous owner might have replaced anode with plug for some reason. I didnt know. But the plug was smaller than the anode threads in mine. Wasnt sure. But now we know! Thanks
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Thanks All. I was checking mine yesterday which is 2 years old and a neighboring camper came over to observe what I was doing. Had a new (used) TT and was concerned that he knew nothing about an anode rod change. Wwe noticed that plastic plug and he was conceerned that previous owner might have replaced anode with plug for some reason. I didnt know. But the plug was smaller than the anode threads in mine. Wasnt sure. But now we know! Thanks
I've had Atwood water heaters that had the 3/4" NPT plug (same size as Suburban port) and one with a 1/2" NPT plug.

I had to be careful and use a 6 point socket on the nylon plugs as the corners would round off easily using a 12 point socket.
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Atwood heaters are made of Aluminum. No need for an anode rod. Suburban's are steel. Anode rod needed. So I've been told.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #8
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I was fortunate with our old Jayco with the Atwood. The first trip out I found a brass or copper plug laying on the ground at the campsite. I replaced the plastic plug which already had the edges tore up and kept the plastic one as a spare in my tool box.
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There is a tool for removing the plastic plug from the water heater. It looks like a "T handle" with a tapered, barbed end. They are used on inground sprinkler systems. It works like a easy-out.


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There is a tool for removing the plastic plug from the water heater. It looks like a "T handle" with a tapered, barbed end. They are used on inground sprinkler systems. It works like a easy-out.


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I regular socket works just fine.
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