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Old 08-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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I had a CW anode rod for the Atwood, made by Camco. It's made out of magnesium, and Camco says it's specifically for Atwoods because they are aluminum. I pulled it out and it has been "eaten" away from corrosion, so I figured it's doing it's job. But everyone says don't use an anode in Atwoods - what gives?
2 things I can think of.

1. dissimilar metals with aluminum will cause the aluminum to deteriorate and corrode (electrolysis).

2. often times the threads on the anode rode will bind up in the aluminum threads stripping them out when removed if you used a regular anode rod.
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Thx for responses. I understand the rod corroding, but I was specifically referring to the opinions ppl have to not use a rod in Atwood heaters. Camco, the rod mfg., said "an anode rod isn't 'necessary' in the Atwood, but some people like to use them. If you want use one, then use the magnesium one." Atwood just said, "don't use one". And to that, Camco person glibly responded "that's between you and Atwood". I think that if it isn't necessary, why waste the money, so i'm not going to bother with one.
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....Atwood just said, "don't use one". And to that, Camco person glibly responded "that's between you and Atwood". ....
Sounds like Camco just wanting to sell their product. Even if it is not needed.
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