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DaveT 10-13-2016 08:35 PM

Winterization hitch
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.



mike837go 10-14-2016 11:26 AM

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.

Camper_bob 10-14-2016 01:17 PM

Do the Atwood heaters have an anode? I thought it was just the Suburbans...?

Ken&Ruth 10-14-2016 02:53 PM

As far as I understand, only the Suburbans have anodes.

DaveT 10-14-2016 02:59 PM

Ah. that might explain why I could not find an anode reference in the Atwood manual. Thanks for the tip.

Jagiven 10-14-2016 03:10 PM

You still should pull the plug and ensure the water heater is drained.

Sundancer330 10-14-2016 03:26 PM

Atwood does not use an anode rod because the tank is aluminum and not needed.

tech411 10-14-2016 03:58 PM

Mine has a plastic plug that took a 15/16" socket.

abarkl 10-14-2016 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by Jagiven (Post 458268)
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.

Rustic Eagle 10-14-2016 04:48 PM

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.

Bob :)

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