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Old 09-16-2014, 10:27 AM   #11
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I replaced the annode rod in May after 3 years, it still had half of the material on it but replaced anyway. I will look at the camp ground and it does have well water. On my Suburban water heater, how do you guys get all the water out? I would have to put my trailer on it's side to get all the water out, the plug/ anno rod is not at the very bottom of the tank.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #12
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Atwood=Alum. Can pit and corrode if not maintained.

Suburban=Steel will corrode and waste out if not maintained.

Maintained means follow mfg instructions.


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Old 09-16-2014, 11:12 AM   #13
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Atwood=Alum. Can pit and corrode if not maintained.

Suburban=Steel will corrode and waste out if not maintained.

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Suburban describes its' tank as porcelain coated steel. That's pretty much like your glass lined home unit.

You could have some of that porcelain cracked off allowing the steel to rust but my money is on bad looking water. Flush everything out including removing the filter and flushing the tank by forcing water in the anode rod hole until it is all clear. Then see what next summer brings.

Yes, it's hard to get the water out of the tank. I park my coach on a sloped area by my storage unit, let gravity drain as much as I can and then a bunch of twisted paper towels to get out most of the residue. A small layer of water in the bottom of the tank won't expand enough to do harm. Also, leave the anode out over the winter.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:18 AM   #14
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I park my coach on a sloped area by my storage unit, let gravity drain as much as I can and then a bunch of twisted paper towels to get out most of the residue. A small layer of water in the bottom of the tank won't expand enough to do harm. Also, leave the anode out over the winter.
I do about the same thing with paper towels, but let them hang down the side of the trailer so the water is wicked out of the water heater.

Leaving the anode rod out over the winter is an invitation for critters to check out the tank.
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I do about the same thing with paper towels, but let them hang down the side of the trailer so the water is wicked out of the water heater.

Leaving the anode rod out over the winter is an invitation for critters to check out the tank.
Cool idea on the paper towels, Chap.....and X2 on not leaving the anode rod hole open, as it's an invite for things to fly/crawl/walk/slither into it.
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I do about the same thing with paper towels, but let them hang down the side of the trailer so the water is wicked out of the water heater.

Leaving the anode rod out over the winter is an invitation for critters to check out the tank.
This is also my technique to get the last of the water out after flushing with a wand.
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