Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri City, The Republic of Texas
Posts: 3,010
Anodes for Atwood water heaters

I see in the CW web site they have an anode specificly for an Atwood water heater (magnesium aloy). Local RV dealer/parts house also has them listed. This seems a departure from Atwood recommendations.
Anybody?
__________________

__________________
Cheers,
T_

2013 F-350 CC SB 2WD 6.7PS
2013 Eagle Premier 351 RLTS
-SOLD- 2012 X23B
-SOLD- 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4, Bilstein shocks
RedHorse1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
tnchuck100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sparta, TN
Posts: 1,174
The newer Atwood's DO NOT need them. The vendors of these things want to sell. Most (not all) of them are more interested in their profit, not your need.
__________________

__________________
Chuck - Sparta, TN
2012 Jay Flight 22FB, 2 x Honda EU2000i
2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD

EDUCATION is what you get when you read the fine print.....
EXPERIENCE is what you get when you don't.
tnchuck100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
Site Team
 
Crabman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia`s Eastern Shore
Posts: 14,654
Mine does not have one either, just the plastic drain plug. I believe the Suburban water heaters call for the anode.
__________________
2017 Coachmen Catalina 283RKS
2004 Chevy 2500 HD CC 6.0l
2010 Jayflight 28BHS (sold)
Crabman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri City, The Republic of Texas
Posts: 3,010
Yeah Crab, I've got the plastic plug too (and a couple of spares in my goody bag). I was surprised to see the anode for Atwoods, I don't recall seeing one prior so thought it must be a new product but like TnChuck points out maybe it's the older ones that need them (maybe). My owner's says no anode needed so that's what I'm going with.
Possible I never noticed the Atwood rods 'cause Atwood said I didn't need one, but they were there all along.

TnChuck, you are spot on, my NEEDS vs the dealer's WANTS usually don't line up too good.
__________________
Cheers,
T_

2013 F-350 CC SB 2WD 6.7PS
2013 Eagle Premier 351 RLTS
-SOLD- 2012 X23B
-SOLD- 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4, Bilstein shocks
RedHorse1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 03:35 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by tnchuck100 View Post
The newer Atwood's DO NOT need them. The vendors of these things want to sell. Most (not all) of them are more interested in their profit, not your need.

As you can see, I have a 2011 22 FB which I recently bought used from a Jayco dealer. It was getting down to 29 degrees last Friday night where we were camping, so I took out the (metal) plug to drain the tank before we left. There is definitely an anode rod attached to the plug and it's pretty corroded looking. Maybe the previous owner thought it should be there. Should I replace this with a plastic plug and ditch the anode. Some posts on the site say the magnesium rod is bad for the tank.
__________________
John, Terri & Robby
2008 F-150 Crew Cab (The Buffalo)
2011 Jay Flight FB 22 (Wings)
2002 Hybrid Dog Josie (The White Queen)
order191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Crabman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia`s Eastern Shore
Posts: 14,654
Quote:
Originally Posted by order191 View Post
As you can see, I have a 2011 22 FB which I recently bought used from a Jayco dealer. It was getting down to 29 degrees last Friday night where we were camping, so I took out the (metal) plug to drain the tank before we left. There is definitely an anode rod attached to the plug and it's pretty corroded looking. Maybe the previous owner thought it should be there. Should I replace this with a plastic plug and ditch the anode. Some posts on the site say the magnesium rod is bad for the tank.

Is this an Atwood water heater or Suburban? I think Jayco uses both..........
__________________
2017 Coachmen Catalina 283RKS
2004 Chevy 2500 HD CC 6.0l
2010 Jayflight 28BHS (sold)
Crabman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crabman View Post
Is this an Atwood water heater or Suburban? I think Jayco uses both..........
Pretty sure an Atwood, but the documentation is in the trailer -- both 25 miles away. I'll check next Friday when I pick it up to go camping.
__________________
John, Terri & Robby
2008 F-150 Crew Cab (The Buffalo)
2011 Jay Flight FB 22 (Wings)
2002 Hybrid Dog Josie (The White Queen)
order191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Boss Wagon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Forest
Posts: 635
I had an Atwood water heater in my motorhome. It was 9 years old when I bought it, I used it for 10 years, no anode rod ever, no problems.
__________________
2010 Jayco 17Z
99 Ford E-350 Chateau Super Duty V-10

"Roughing it Cheaply"
Albums:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?u=3163
Boss Wagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
tinlizzie23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Luray, VA (central Shenandoah Valley of VA)
Posts: 1,416
Yep, my 10 gal Atwood is 9 model years old, and has always had just the plug - no anode. Manual says nothing about replacing any anode, so I assume it doesn't need one. Have replaced the nylon plug with a nylon 1/2" X 1/4" nylon bushing, and threaded a brass T valve into the bushing, so it can be drained without removing anything.
__________________
2003 Ford F-350 V-10 Crew Cab 4WD Long Bed
2004 Jayco Designer Medallion 29 RLTS 5th wheel
Bill, Gayle, and Mindi (dachshund)
Retired at last !

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
tinlizzie23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 273
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinlizzie23 View Post
Yep, my 10 gal Atwood is 9 model years old, and has always had just the plug - no anode. Manual says nothing about replacing any anode, so I assume it doesn't need one. Have replaced the nylon plug with a nylon 1/2" X 1/4" nylon bushing, and threaded a brass T valve into the bushing, so it can be drained without removing anything.
Just curious how you flush the crud out of the tank with this mod? Thanks.
__________________

__________________
2011 Dodge 3500 DRW CC
2015 Open Range JT337RLS
rbrumfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.