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Old 08-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #15
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I also only drain mine annually while winterizing. Used to drain every other month but learned the opposite in this wonderful forum.

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:09 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Fred1609 View Post
On the exterior of your hot water tank is what looks like a huge head of a bolt. That is your zinc rod. When you empty your hot water tank at the end of the season you remove the zinc rod, inspect it. It will have some deterioration on it. As you've never seen one take it to a RV dealer and show it to a tech and he will tell you if it needs replacing. I leave my rod out during the winter, replacing it when I start in the speing
Thanks Fred. I had no clue that this should be done. I'm guessing it is like the anode rods in my home hot water heater right?

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Not all water hot tanks use a anode rod, I believe that Atwood water tank is made out of aluminun, which does not nessitate using a anode rod.
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Not all water hot tanks use a anode rod, I believe that Atwood water tank is made out of aluminun, which does not nessitate using a anode rod.
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Good grief! Drain the hot water and drain the fresh water after every trip? I guess I must be lazy. I have never drained the hot water (we do not winterize and do not need an anode) and have never emptied fresh water just because a trip was over. If the water turned bad while sitting, it hardly seems like a monumental task to clean and freshen.

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