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Old 03-30-2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Anode Rod For Hot Water Heater

After having my camper 5 years now I thought it was time to replace the anode rod in the hot water heater, but the one that came with the camper is still in good shape. I showed it to the Mechanic after picking up my camper today and he said it's still good, but I bought another one just to have on hand. I guess the water in PA Is treated correctly, the campgroud water supply comes from wells.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:07 PM   #2
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After having my camper 5 years now I thought it was time to replace the anode rod in the hot water heater, but the one that came with the camper is still in good shape. I showed it to the Mechanic after picking up my camper today and he said it's still good, but I bought another one just to have on hand. I guess the water in PA Is treated correctly, the campgroud water supply comes from wells.
Wow, not bad. What's the cost on one of these? I've never replaced one yet (our rig is only 1.5 years old).
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They cost about $15. I replace mine every year. I'm afraid that the weak point near the nut end will break off in the heater. For the amount of money I spend on other things I feel that the cost of a new rod every year is cheap insurance. JMHO.
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Wow, mine looks about like that after a little more than a year. I don't think I will be able to get 5 years out of mine. Yours will probably still will be good to go when I am replacing mine.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #5
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They cost about $15. I replace mine every year. I'm afraid that the weak point near the nut end will break off in the heater. For the amount of money I spend on other things I feel that the cost of a new rod every year is cheap insurance. JMHO.
Very good point. I'm with you. I should probably pull mine and replace it. $15/year is nothing.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:01 PM   #6
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One word of caution, if your water heater is an Atwood model rather than a Suburban model (which is what most Forest River units have), then there is no anode rod. Atwood advises against use of an anode rod while Suburban requires it. Different material make up the tanks on each. Just a note in case your unit has an Atwood.
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That would explain why some of the trailers at our campground don't have one.
Mine is about 3 years old, but it doesn't look that bad yet. Maybe one more year.
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They cost about $15. I replace mine every year. I'm afraid that the weak point near the nut end will break off in the heater. For the amount of money I spend on other things I feel that the cost of a new rod every year is cheap insurance. JMHO.
Even though the area near the nut looks weak, there is a thin wire down the whole length of the rod that supports everything and holds it together.
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I feel pretty good getting 2 of them for $7.00 last summer, I found them in a hardware store on a clearance table. I went in there for something else, don't remember what though. Table sign "Everything $5 each or $7 for similiar 2 items". I wasn't going to complain, just wished he had more than 2. You can also find them on ebay, go for the 2 pack with shipping averages out to about $11/each.
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Are these rods all the same thread size?
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