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Old 10-22-2013, 05:12 PM   #21
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OldCoot has a good idea or you can also just buy a water tank rinser at Camping World for $6. Water Heater Tank Rinser - Camco 11691 - Water Heaters - Camping World
I replace the anode every year. They're not that expensive. Suppose I could change it every couple years, but that's just me.
I made one of those, but it still left some junk in the bottom, so I used both, one to stir it up and the other to suck the junk/water out. Couldn't feel anything or see anything left in the tank. Should be good until we get back from FL this winter and I'll do it again for the summer.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #22
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You may also have heard the phrase "sacrificial anode." That's what this is. There's usually one in your home water heater, too, but they usually last longer.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #23
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You may also have heard the phrase "sacrificial anode." That's what this is. There's usually one in your home water heater, too, but they usually last longer.
That's cause there 4' long or better
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #24
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Also when you reinstall the Anode and using pipe tape. Only put the pipe tape on the outside threads. The reason for that is the threads need to have metal to metal contact for the Anode to work.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #25
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Also when you reinstall the Anode and using pipe tape. Only put the pipe tape on the outside threads. The reason for that is the threads need to have metal to metal contact for the Anode to work.
Thanks for that tid bit. I covered all the threads. I'll fix it before using it. (-:
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Thanks for that tid bit. I covered all the threads. I'll fix it before using it. (-:
Don't worry about it. It is virtually impossible to tighten it up without getting some metal to metal contact. The threads will cit through the tape.

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You can always use an ohmeter to check for circuit from head of annode to the tank or nearby structure. Its a positive check for too much sealant.
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Other than the misunderstanding about what the "Auto" function does on the thermostat, I think the function,purpose,when to replace it and how to remove and reinstall an anode rod ranks up there with the most asked and discussed item on this forum.

Just saying.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:14 PM   #29
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Good thing I didn't ask any of those questions! (as in that wasn't the point of this thread)

Iv owned my camper for about 3 weeks so its history is unknown to me. I have a well so my water is soft water. It should help prolong my anode rods life! Not to mention none of that garbage they add to city water...
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Good thing I didn't ask any of those questions! (as in that wasn't the point of this thread)

Iv owned my camper for about 3 weeks so its history is unknown to me. I have a well so my water is soft water. It should help prolong my anode rods life! Not to mention none of that garbage they add to city water...
That's fine if you only use your well water,but you probably will pick up the garbage at the various CG's you hook up at.
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