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Old 01-22-2014, 09:42 AM   #11
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I can't say this with 100% confidence but I believe the Atwoods are aluminmum and the Suburbans are steel. I had a Suburban on my V Cross and my current rig is an Atwood and it is a little harder to work on as the Electric element in in the back of the unit and on mine a bi--h to get too.
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Atwood = NO Anode
Suburban = Anode REQUIRED
Both = Drain at least annually, both will acquire crud and clog the faucet filters and plumbing if not done at least annually. And doing so will help keep the hot water tank from growing an algae farm and causing stinky hot water.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:34 AM   #13
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The anode rods that have the built in drain cock that I have seen are all for Atwood water heaters. Suburban water heaters typically require a 9" rod and all the drain capable rods I have seen are very short. Could be wrong.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:51 PM   #14
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LOL gasman, I found one also but my anode is longer. Does the length of the anode really matter. Thus the age old question- Does size matter?
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bubbles, you are absolutely correct. Mine requires the 9" rod. But... could I use the shorter anode? Even better, do they make such an animal as a 9" anode with a drain?
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Anode will work the same, Anode life will be shorter. Size = Life. So pull it out after a couple years or every years and visually inspect it
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #17
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bubbles, you are absolutely correct. Mine requires the 9" rod. But... could I use the shorter anode? Even better, do they make such an animal as a 9" anode with a drain?
In the end it's your unit. No one can make that call for you (shorter rod). Get in touch with Suburban and pose the question to them. I personally have not seen a longer rod with drain capability. Good luck.
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Thanks gasman, I normally drain my tank after every trip. Only due to the fact that our trips are not that frequent. I might just try it and see how it works.
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thank you bubbles, I haven't seen on either. I will definitely pose the question to them.
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