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Old 10-23-2020, 11:45 AM   #1
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Water Heater Anode Rod

2019 Jayco Eagle 319MLOK.
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RV does not have an anode water heater plug. Technician at dealership says i should NOT use an anode in this water heater. Does anyone agree/disagree?
FYI, I bought it new, so it's never had an anode. Thanks!
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Agree. We have an Atwood 10 Gal. (Dometic). Does not have an anode. When I looked it up, the manual said something about a liner they use for the tank that negates the need. I just flush mine a couple of times a year.


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We have a Pinnacle and water heater does not have anode rod.
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2019 Jayco Eagle 319MLOK.
Dometic 6 gallon.
RV does not have an anode water heater plug. Technician at dealership says i should NOT use an anode in this water heater. Does anyone agree/disagree?
FYI, I bought it new, so it's never had an anode. Thanks!
Not needed. The anode rod is used to protect a steel tank from rusting.
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Old 10-23-2020, 12:02 PM   #5
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He is probably correct but what does your manual say. Some water heaters do not need anode rods because of the metal they are made of. There is no reaction between water and metal. Others need the rod to prevent the reaction from eating up the water heater. If it came without, it does not need one.
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In my experience, Atwood (now Dometic) does not have anode rod, Suburban does.

I purchased a 1994 TT with 6 gallon Atwood, sold in 2012, no tank problem in 18 years.
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Suburban water heater has steel tank needs anode rod to provide a sacrafical metal to corrode instead of the tank itself

Atwood / Dometic uses an aluminum tank
Will not rust therefore no anode rod
Do a Google search on galvanic action.
Aluminum rims lead balancing weights and add salt
Corrodes the aluminum quickly

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Our TT is a Whitehawk. Called the water heater mfg. and they said there are no anode rods. They suggested we flush at least once a year, and if we actually see "dirty water" to empty the tank at the next site and flush it. This is fairly simple, it took me 10 minutes to do.
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Having a previous TT with a Suburban water heater that required one, I actually put one in when we bought this one in 2012. When I took it out for winterization that fall, it looked like brand new. Then I found out here it wasn't needed, so I put the nylon plug back in. I too give it a flush at the end of the season.
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