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Old 10-13-2016, 08:35 PM   #1
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I went to remove the anode plug on my 19RD with my trusty 1 1/16" socket I used on my old trailer - and the anode was a a different size than I expected. Not as big as the socket I had, but bigger than the biggest of the rest in the set. Does anyone know the size? It's an Atwood 6 gallon.

Also, are the threads stainless in the water heater where the anode enters? I was always fighting rust on the threads of my old trailer.

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Old 10-14-2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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I always broke that item loose with an adjustable wrench.


Then pliers until fingers could spin it.


Then the back-and forth through the corrosion.


Give the tank a good flush from the hose. Leave open until spring.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:17 PM   #3
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Do the Atwood heaters have an anode? I thought it was just the Suburbans...?
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As far as I understand, only the Suburbans have anodes.
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Ah. that might explain why I could not find an anode reference in the Atwood manual. Thanks for the tip.
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You still should pull the plug and ensure the water heater is drained.
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Atwood does not use an anode rod because the tank is aluminum and not needed.
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Mine has a plastic plug that took a 15/16" socket.
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You still should pull the plug and ensure the water heater is drained.
And the best thing to do is to remove the plug, discard it, and replace it with a brass valve.
Leaks from a cracked plug or cross threading can then be avoided.
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With my Atwood aluminum tank(s) I've always used the plastic plugs without incident (no potential for dissimilar metal issues) ...., I also like how the inside recessed 'cup' of the plastic plug catches loose calcium.

An adjustable crescent wrench works best for removing/replacing my plug.

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