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Old 10-14-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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While winterizing our 4 month old 2020 Rockwood 2506s this is the condition of the Rod from the Water Heater. How can this degrade so quickly with only a total of 12 days of use?
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:05 PM   #2
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Did you drain the water heater after each trip, it has it had water in the tank for four months
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:41 PM   #4
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Anode rod condition has more to do with the quality of water than the time used.
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:18 PM   #5
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Doesn't look that much worse than the one from my 2020 TT. Filled the water heater probably around June, and never emptied it until last week. My previous TT did not have an anode rod, so I wasn't sure what to expect. From what I understand they're inexpensive, and obviously easy to replace. And so far I've had no "rotten egg" water, like I would get on my old TT.

I guess it's a small price to pay.

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Old 10-14-2019, 03:22 PM   #6
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Looks good to me, you'll get another year outta that one.
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:29 PM   #7
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That actually looks pretty good for 4 months.

This is mine after a full season of use:

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Actually looks pretty good depending on the condition of the water it was exposed to. Some water sources will degrade the anode rod more than other sources depending on the mineral concentration of the water.
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:52 PM   #9
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The consumption of the anode rod is dependent on the quality of the water in the WH and how long it is there. If using well water drain it after each use. Not only does it prolong the life of the anode, but it reduces the amount of crud in the bottom of the tank that can eventually work its way into a faucet screen or valve and clog it.
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Old 10-14-2019, 04:04 PM   #10
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If using well water drain it after each use.

How does well water affect the decay of the anode rod? I would think the more minerals the faster the decay? Perhaps not?



Our well has been tested and the person testing it says he has never seen such a "soft" water reading before.



Is "soft" good or bad for a water heater anode?
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The anode rod is sacrificial... meaning that it is designed (and supposed) to corrode, to keep other (read: More expensive) parts from corroding instead. Corrosion is not an indication of any failure, but is an indication that it is doing its job.

I would be much more upset to see one with no corrosion.

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Old 10-14-2019, 04:37 PM   #12
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Ill bet nobody ever checks the anode rod in their home water heater. Yep it has a rod just like your RV.
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:36 PM   #13
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I thank you all for the education today!


We owned a large Regal Cabin Cruiser for many years and never looked at the Anode Rod in the Water Heater, unlike the sacrificial Zinc's mounted to the out-drives which were changed out.



Is it advisable to drain water heater after each trip? Is there additional steps to take as well to improve longevity?


Thank you again!


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I'm a newbie as well and I was wondering if all campers have this? I can't find one. Only plug I have is to drain tank. Just a plastic plug with nothing on it. What's the deal? The camper is a 2011 Coachman Freedom Express
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We owned a large Regal Cabin Cruiser for many years and never looked at the Anode Rod in the Water Heater, unlike the sacrificial Zinc's mounted to the out-drives which were changed out.



Is it advisable to drain water heater after each trip? Is there additional steps to take as well to improve longevity?


Thank you again!


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they are so inexpensive, that i would not worry about improving longevity. and they last quite awhile - my current rod has lasted 3 seasons so far.



and about draining the water heater after each trip - up to you. we do not drain ours during the camping season but we are out every 2 weeks or so - so it gets plenty of turn over. if we were not to go out for a month or so, i would empty it.
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I'm a newbie as well and I was wondering if all campers have this? I can't find one. Only plug I have is to drain tank. Just a plastic plug with nothing on it. What's the deal? The camper is a 2011 Coachman Freedom Express

Forest River uses different brands and types of water heaters. The Suburban tank type water heater has an anode rod to protect the steel tank.....whereas an Atwood/Dometic brand tank type water heater with an aluminum tank does not need an anode.


If you have an aluminum tank, then your RV doesn't use an anode.
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I'm a newbie as well and I was wondering if all campers have this? I can't find one. Only plug I have is to drain tank. Just a plastic plug with nothing on it. What's the deal? The camper is a 2011 Coachman Freedom Express

depends on the model of water heater you have. The Atwood water heaters do not need/have an anode rod, the Suburbans do.
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Forest River uses different brands and types of water heaters. The Suburban tank type water heater has an anode rod to protect the steel tank.....whereas an Atwood/Dometic brand tank type water heater with an aluminum tank does not need an anode.


If you have an aluminum tank, then your RV doesn't use an anode.
Ah Ok thanks for that's!! It's a aluminum tank. I do know that much so that explains it!
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Is it advisable to drain water heater after each trip? Is there additional steps to take as well to improve longevity?


Thank you again!


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That's entirely up to you. You'll get all sorts of responses to this question. Our camping season is all of 4 months. I only drain the water heater when I winterize. How fast the anode rod deteriorates depends on the quality of the water you're using. I can get 3 camping seasons out of a single rod. They're not that expensive, $10 at Walmart. Just remember to flush/rinse out your water heater when you pull the rod out for winterization.
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This is my anode after 5 seasons. I'd say it's only about 30-35% used. I only drain the WH at the end of the season. As others said, it's related more to the quality of the water it sees than how old it is.
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