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Old 04-06-2016, 08:28 PM   #1
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Well, after posting that our RV guy said we could go another year on our bearings, he called back and said he wanted to look at them anyway. He came out today and did a thorough inspection and declared them nearly "perfect" (hubby said that even the grease smelled "new"). He then checked our solar panel and, after several tense minutes of shaking, pulling, looking at all the installation points, declared that it was quite sound (he did say it helped we had our satellite antenna in front so as to defect the wind a bit ... who knows). THEN he pulled the water heater anode ... yikes! It nearly fell apart in his hands! He explained that with the crappy water a lot of parks have (not to mention our own mineral-laden water), we should be checking the anode every six months. Another lesson learned ... thankfully, before it was too late.
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I was surprised by how bad our anode was after just a month or two of camping. About half gone. I guess we only camp where the water is hardest....
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Amazing. Best camp up here. I'm still using the original anode, approaching eight years. This pic was after six years.
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I've wondered about the anode, I had 8 years on my old trailer and it was no worse then Glen shows, the Escape one still looks close to new. We only turn on the hit water for maybe 20 minutes a day, for those who go through the rods, do you leave the HW on all the time?

Maybe I should have made this a new thread, sorry.
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....am wondering if turning on the water heater at all makes any difference as there is water in the tank. Checked ours at 12 mos and it still had life.
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During the first year, we would leave it on when we were at the campsite. Now we only turn it on right before we need it and then turn it off. That's a good point as that may have caused some of the corrosion.

Another thought would be that we weren't draining our hot water tank between camping trips. Maybe leaving the water sitting in there is another problem.
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I don't drain the water heater between trips. It only gets drained when winterizing.
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I changed my anode after 5 years, and could have gone at least another year. I too leave water in the water heater all the time during camping season.
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Water quality varies widely across Canada. When I monitored the filtration system for our hospital lab, there was so little conductivity in the feed water that I had to add salt to a bucket of water before I could test the efficiency of the reverse osmosis filters (also checking for leaks). City water in some areas of Canada has 10 times the conductivity we had in New Westminster, due to dissolved minerals. It helps explain the great variation in the life of RV hot water tank anodes.
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Here's what our anode looked like after two years ... yuck.
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