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Old 06-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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Depending on how long the previous owner had been running the tank without an anode rod the inside of that tank could be in rough shape.....

When you take that plastic plug out keep an eye on how many metal fragements come out with the water. The annodes job is to protect the inside of the hot water tank from corrodeing, without one the inside of the tank begins to corrode, eventually to the point that the wall of the tank will give way.

If not too much metal debris comes out buy a new anode rod, and after applying teflon tape, see if the it will thread into the tank, or if the threads being damaged was the reason why the previous owner went to a boat plug.

Sorry this could end on needing a new tank if it has been without an anode for long enough.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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This forum is incredible. I pulled the boat plug, seal was melted, but got half a pound (exaggerating here) of metal filings and rust chips.

One last question....

To remove the actual entire hot water tank, for this model (or probably any of these cardinal models); Is it better to pull the entire thing out the wall from the port outside where the boat plug was? Or remove the counter & walls from the inside of the vehicle by the sink?

There does not seem to be an easy way of accessing it to remove the tank.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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it will pull out of camper from the side .
do not pull it from inside.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:05 PM   #14
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Here is what is involved if you want to attempt it yourself.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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Herklou, you the man!

That video helped a ton. Non-mechanic pulled W/H with no damage to structure or wires. It was different and not as easy to access as the video but the theory was the same. Tomorrow I do part two and buy the replacement to stick in there.

Just FYI to everyone that wondered, the inside of the tank is totally rusted. There is a hole near both ends that I could pop my screwdriver thru the rust. All the tubing looks ok. I guess I won't be able to tell until I hook up the new one.

First I fix this problem, then I try and diagnose the electrical. Woot!
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #16
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Been my experience that nothing is as easy as someone else makes it look.

Oh, and it always takes exactly twice as long as it is supposed to.
Glad I was able to help SOMEONE this week. Sheesh it was a tough one.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:16 PM   #17
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Great support guys! I enjoy reading threads like these. Solutions are found and even how to videos. It doesn't get any better!
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