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Old 12-21-2012, 05:05 AM   #15
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I imagine the Attwood doesn't need one for a range of "normal" water composition, but maybe for certain water types, some corrosion of the tank can occur so a magnesium rod will provide extra protection.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:11 AM   #16
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The Anode/Drain Plug on Your Water Heater was likely exhausted. I Replace Mine Every Year, as I'm sure Most owners of Suburban Water Heaters do! They run about $10~$15 each , available at any RV Dealer or Service Center.

For the information of Owners of Atwood Water Heaters: No Anode rod is required nor is one manufactured by Atwood. They use a Plastic Drain Plug which should be replaced each time the Tank is drained for the Season. Cheap at around $1.00 each!

The Anode Rod being sold by CW that does fit the Atwood Drain is not recommended by nor endorsed by Atwood.

It is just another one of those numerous Items that are sold to unsuspecting or naive Customers that adds to the sellers bottom line!
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:35 AM   #17
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I imagine the Attwood doesn't need one for a range of "normal" water composition, but maybe for certain water types, some corrosion of the tank can occur so a magnesium rod will provide extra protection.
You are half right, The anode rod will not protect an Attwood and may, in fact, damage it.

However yes, I can imagine water conditions that would damage the tank, the Anode rod won't help in those conditions.

And I stress "imagine" in that paragraph.
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Just a note that when the Anode rod brakes down it can create a jell on bottom of tank and will enhance the water a smell like rotten eggs.
Time to flush and clean out bottom of tank with a cleaning rod and maybe sanitize your water system.
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As I understand it magnesium anodes are for steel water heater tanks which is what suburban uses. Atwood water heater tanks are aluminum so they do not need magnesium rods.
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Thats what we have always said on irv2.
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