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Old 03-23-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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anode tap rusted out... replace with?

I just bought a used 2007 Cherokee camper knowing that the water heater needed repaired or replaced, it's an sw6de. The anode rod tap is completely rusted out (previous owner said it was leaking) My questions 1. Is there any way to repair this? 2. If not, would it be wise to replace with the much cheaper (electric only) 6 gallon water heater found at lowes? And lastly, if I replace it with the oem water heater, is this a tough job? I'm somewhat mechanically incline and it looks easy enough... thanks for any help!
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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Are you saying the fitting the anode screws into is gone or that the anode is rusted thru and needs removing? How about a picture?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #3
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Sorry.. it's the fitting that the anode screws into. Still trying to figure out how to post pics from my cell phone.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #5
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I think you could drill it out and re-tap with a 3/4"NPT tap. I'd try to get the anode out first with a 1-1/16' 6pt socket, 6" extension and a breaker bar.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #6
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thats scary ... new water heater time .. if you need it ..

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I would soak that thing with Navy Jell or something for like a month and then I would heat it up before trying to move it with a LOOONNNGG bar.
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I'll take the anode out to see what I'm dealing with. Thanks. I'm thinking new water heater also. Just wanted to get opinions before I shell out $350
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Do you know if there is an RV salvage outfit in your area?
Might get a good deal and save a few bucks while you are at it.
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I would soak that thing with Navy Jell or something for like a month and then I would heat it up before trying to move it with a LOOONNNGG bar.
Don't think I'd use a torch around there for fear of setting something on fire behind the sheet metal housing.
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