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Old 07-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Check your anode rod in your hot water heater

I had had my camper since March of 2011 and decided to check the anode rod this weekend in my hot water heater - good thing I bought a replacement cause it needed to be replaced.
I have to get a nozzle of some sort to clean the tank before I fill the tank with water.

I had to get a 1 1/16 socket from the auto parts place cause I didn't have one - well I do now.

Also make sure you relieve the pressure off the tank prior to pulling the anode rod - if not you will have this white stuff and water all over you - rookie mistake and luckily I was wearing glasses too or the white stuff would have been in my eyes.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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I had had my camper since March of 2011 and decided to check the anode rod this weekend in my hot water heater - good thing I bought a replacement cause it needed to be replaced.
I have to get a nozzle of some sort to clean the tank before I fill the tank with water.

I had to get a 1 1/16 socket from the auto parts place cause I didn't have one - well I do now.

Also make sure you relieve the pressure off the tank prior to pulling the anode rod - if not you will have this white stuff and water all over you - rookie mistake and luckily I was wearing glasses too or the white stuff would have been in my eyes.
Hard to believe you cant get a year out of yours and mine still looked great after 6 years.

Course I drain my tank after each use and I wonder if that helps?
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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Hard to believe you cant get a year out of yours and mine still looked great after 6 years.

Course I drain my tank after each use and I wonder if that helps?
It could because I can tell you that I do not drain mine after each trip - the only time I have ever drained it is when I knew we were getting a cold snap and didnt want it to freeze
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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looks like there was still some left, but they're cheap so I would have replaced it too.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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I had to get a 1 1/16 socket from the auto parts place cause I didn't have one - well I do now.
I found that the lug wrench from my Ford SuperDuty was the exact size for a Suburban water heater anode rod.

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I usually change mine after 2 or 3 years. I don't drian the hot water tank until I winterize it.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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I found that the lug wrench from my Ford SuperDuty was the exact size for a Suburban water heater anode rod.

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unfortinatly I do not own a Ford so I had to do the next best thing - buy the socket

Good to know so if any one has a Ford Super Duty they can use the Lug Wrench to remove your anode rod
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:40 AM   #8
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With about 50% of the anode rod used, normally I would say re-install that anode rod and get some more use out of it. But if that is what it looks like in just 1 year, then definitely replace that puppy. You must really have some hard water in your area.

I am another camper that only drains his water heater during winterization, and here is what mine looks like after 4 camping seasons:
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:57 AM   #9
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If you ever replace the rubber washing machine hoses in your house,
save the hoses!!
You can cut a washing machine hose in half and get two hoses.
We use them all the time around the house and garden for filling buckets.
I use one to fill my fresh water tank on my trailer AND you can stick it
in the anode/drain hole in your water heater to flush the junk out of it.
No special nozzle required.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #10
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Great idea using the old washer hose for rinsing.

I usually drain my hot water heater between trips. I found if the water sits idle (longer then 2-3 weeks) in the tank, it has a terrible smell coming out the sink. It smells so bad I would't want to wash my hands in it. I suppose if you had a water source and didn't have to worry about filling your gray tank you could run fresh water through the heater tank for several minutes. Or until the smell is gone.
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