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Old 11-24-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Hot water heater anode rod

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Old 11-24-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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And the question is, or are you just stating a fact?
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:18 AM   #3
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What size rod for hot water heater
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:30 AM   #4
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They are around 9" long, can be purchased at Lowes/HD and require a 1-1/16" socket, 3" or 6" extension and a breaker bar to remove, Teflon tape to wrap the threads to re-install the new one. Make sure you release the pressure with the pop off valve at the top. Stand to one side as the water will probably be hot. Also MAKE SURE you turn the Elec switch off on the heater and the propane switch inside. Best thing to do is just unplug the shore power and turn off the water heater switch inside.
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:33 AM   #5
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Thank u Mr coot
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:12 AM   #6
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cbauch, what brand/model water heater do you have in your trailer? These park model RV's "can" have larger water heaters than a regular RV/TT.

If so, yours may be a little different than the norm. I copied this from the Forest River Spec page on the Villa Estate:

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If you have the 20 gallon water heater, I don't think that Suburban makes one that large, so you may have a different brand, that requires different parts. That's why it would help, if you can state the brand/model water heater you have.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:06 AM   #7
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Are the rods magnisum or aluminum
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Magnesium are preferred.
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Are the rods magnisum or aluminum
Cbauch, are you positive you even have an anode rod in your water heater.

As I asked earlier, it's impossible to give accurate information if we don't know EXACTLY what water heater you have.

You may even have an Atwood brand, that has an aluminum tank that doesn't require or use anode rods.

Can you let us know what make/model water heater you have currently installed in your trailer?
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Cbauch, are you positive you even have an anode rod in your water heater.

As I asked earlier, it's impossible to give accurate information if we don't know EXACTLY what water heater you have.

You may even have an Atwood brand, that has an aluminum tank that doesn't require or use anode rods.

Can you let us know what make/model water heater you have currently installed in your trailer?
Residential unit?
Is this unit a park model?

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Old 11-24-2014, 03:33 PM   #12
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Took out rod looks like magnesium, and I bought one for suburban but its aluminum will that hurt
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Took out rod looks like magnesium, and I bought one for suburban but its aluminum will that hurt
The aluminum just reacts slower, and may not offer the same faster protection as the magnesium
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:42 PM   #15
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Question, removed ours when we winterized. My father in law saw it & said we don't needs it, he cuts them off & replaces plug. He is a retired plumber up north. We store our 5th wheel at the beach in sc so I feel like it's needed. I'm a girl & have leaned to do all on my own & by reading on this site.
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Question, removed ours when we winterized. My father in law saw it & said we don't needs it, he cuts them off & replaces plug. He is a retired plumber up north. We store our 5th wheel at the beach in sc so I feel like it's needed. I'm a girl & have leaned to do all on my own & by reading on this site.

IMO, something is corroding the anode rod. If it wasn't there, what else would be corroded instead? I'd thank the FIL for the advice but continue using it if it were me.
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