Anode rod from a camper "used 3-4 times"

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  1. teksavy

    teksavy New Member

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    So as I was winterizing my 2014 Rockwood 2560G tent trailer, I removed the anode rod from the hot water heater. Needless to say I was surprised...

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    The seller said that it was only used 3-4 times. Hmm.. not so sure about that.

    Your thoughts? Does the anode rod deteriorate over time regardless of use?

    Replacement already ordered.
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Anodes decay at different rates depending on the water.. this one has dine its job and should be replaced.. Before replacing it, use a garden hose and back flush the tank to remove as much sediment as possible..
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Could also be the prior owner never emptied the hot water tank between those uses. Let's hope they at least winterized.
     
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    May be still good for a season or two. [LOL]
     
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    If there is water in the heater, the anode is being used. Doesn't matter if the water heater is turned on or not.
     
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    Ahh, that explains it. I don't think they drained the unit as it was from the valley in California and it doesn't freeze there. I didn't know if the rod continued to get consumed or not just sitting there in the water. Thanks for the info.

     
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    Be sure to sanitize the water system before using. I always sanitized each trailer I bought as the second owner, beginning of each season. I also add a small capful of bleach when filling my tank. I change my anode Rod before each camping season. And drained the WH & fresh water tank after each trip. It helps prevent the water inside your tanks from building up bacteria, from smelling, the insides from rusting (steel WH) and keeps up the maintenance of your water system. Check your anode rod mid season to monitor if you need to change it again.

    We do everything to keep up the health and maintenance of our water system on KODI. KODI has an aluminum WH and no anode rod to change out. We have to maintain our WH, fresh water, grey and black tanks. It’s a whole new ball game.

    Happy Camping…[put&hy]
     
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    This is the anode rod's job...it corrodes instead of the tank itself. Working 24/7.
     

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