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Old 12-21-2015, 01:25 PM   #31
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They use mag. anode because it goes away rather than the alum. tank! Not for your health. An anode gets used up to prevent corrosion of the WH tank.
If you have an anode you most likely have a steel tank.
My Atwood wh is aluminium and has no anode.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:46 PM   #32
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Aquaman - the sulfur smell is from anaerobic bacteria that flourish in the presence of iron in the water. You can precipitate the iron before it goes into the tank with fresh air/oxygen and a simple filter, or you can flush/sterilize about every 2 weeks, or you can chlorinate constantly.

Magnesium anodes are best for fresh water systems. They are eaten away by galvanic action which is driven by electrically charged ions. This usually caused by the water impurities but can also be driven by stray electrical currents.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:17 AM   #33
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Yes I do, which does help to extend the life of the water heater.
We bought a Spa a few years back,,,
I was really surprised to find that you are not to fill with soft water !!!
They told us that soft water was hard on the plumbing ???
Must be the PH & Hardness is off ???
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:37 AM   #34
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I seem to get around 2 or so years until I need a new one.

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Old 12-22-2015, 09:13 AM   #35
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It's all about the water we put in our units !!!
We had a TT for about 7 years,,, anode was still @ 3/4 size !!!
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:26 AM   #36
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After reading this thread, it reminded me that I hadn't checked/changed since I bought unit new 2 years ago. Ordered one from Amazon with a rinse out wand and WOW! Just a stick! White garbage flowed out for about 3 minutes while rinsing. Glad I checked -we leave tomorrow to avoid the full moon!


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Old 12-23-2015, 09:32 AM   #37
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Oh where did it go?

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We own a 15 34rl. We full time and took delivery in early February.
I pulled the anode and found it spent in 10 months of use. It may be in everybody's interest to check and flush your water heater while it's out. We have been full timing since 07 and never had a anode wear down that fast. I pull them every 12 months and usually have 1/4 left. FYI
Since it was a factory rod it will go pretty fast, it is designed to save the tank, and with the water getting harder and harder every year this problem will not get better.

It should not really bother you that the rod is worn out that is it's job, and yes if you fulltime you should check you rod and flush your tank at least once per year if not a better idea do it twice.

Hope this helps and Happy Camping and Merry Christmas
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:20 PM   #38
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Got My anode yesterday, bought an extra to have just in case I get surprised.
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Funny, I've not ever had a bad or worn out anode rod in 2 units over 13 years.


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