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Old 10-25-2011, 05:36 PM   #21
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I am including a picture of my anode condition. The trailer is a minilite 2011. Most of the anode is not too bad but near the plug is is quite gone. I am not draining my water heater between the camping sessions. I just drain it at the end for winterizing.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:39 PM   #22
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That doesn't look bad at all. I just reinstalled mine and it looks almost exactly like that.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #23
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I am including a picture of my anode condition. The trailer is a minilite 2011. Most of the anode is not too bad but near the plug is is quite gone. I am not draining my water heater between the camping sessions. I just drain it at the end for winterizing.
That photo is a great example. When the anode rod is in need of replacing, the entire length of it will look like the "eroded" end near the plug.

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Old 10-25-2011, 07:58 PM   #24
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Soft water (anode)

Just to clarify something. Hard water will actually extend the life of the anode. Soft water will shorten the life of the anode. We usually don't run into this issue with TT or RV's. If you have a water softerner in your home installed before the hot water tank the anode will last one to two years. Don't ask me how I know . (Replaced under warranty though)

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:07 PM   #25
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after draining ours and blowing the lines i just lay mine by the water heater and close the door leaving it open till spring when ill sanitze flush and use oh by the way i have put in one ner anode rod since my camper was new in 06 i clean it up real well before reinstalation every year
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #26
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Why is the anode rod/plug so hard to unscrew? On every camper/RV I've owned, it was tough as heck to unscrew them. I'm always afraid I'll break something because I have to torque it so hard before it starts to budge. I have one now that I have yet to get out. Why don't the heaters have their own low point drain VALVE?
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #27
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Why is the anode rod/plug so hard to unscrew? On every camper/RV I've owned, it was tough as heck to unscrew them. I'm always afraid I'll break something because I have to torque it so hard before it starts to budge. I have one now that I have yet to get out. Why don't the heaters have their own low point drain VALVE?
good question ovair ! I wonder why they don't put a low point on the hw heater if I had to guess it would have to do with safety .

a half inch breaker bar and a good socket will get that puppy out !
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:18 PM   #28
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I am including a picture of my anode condition. The trailer is a minilite 2011. Most of the anode is not too bad but near the plug is is quite gone. I am not draining my water heater between the camping sessions. I just drain it at the end for winterizing.
That anode looks exactly like the one that is in our Salem that was brand new in the spring.I thought it was in need of replacing.Is it ok to use it next year looking like that?
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That anode looks exactly like the one that is in our Salem that was brand new in the spring.I thought it was in need of replacing.Is it ok to use it next year looking like that?

malco if yours looks like that then put er back in buddy !
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Ok dumb ? Coming! What's an anode?, where do I find it? And why do I need to know about this anode thing?
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