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Old 11-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Anode Question...

Hello all,

Can anyone comment on how long the HWH anode usually lasts?

Mine is 1 1/2 years old and looking pretty swiss cheesey

I have never used the HWH (we just buy showers at the campgrounds). I'm thinking of putting a bypass in.

Also, a coworker with an airstream says I should get a plastic HWH plug but I was dubious. Anyone have any experience with those?

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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You already have a bypass installed in your Escape by the factory, located under the bed, 2 plastic valves located behind the water heater, if you close them then you will by pass your water heater. If you by pass then you will not need to worry about the anode rod. The anode rod is sacrificial in that it corrodes in lieu of your water tank. If no water, no rust. You can't use the plastic plug with the anode rod, if not in use, you can use the plastic. The rods can lasts for years, depends on your water.
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Yep, just bypass like Jim said with the factory installed valves. The anode needs to be pretty much down to the rod in the middle before it needs to be replaced. Mine has been used for 4 years and has at least another one left.

I would not use a plastic plug and lose the corrosion protection, whether I used it or not.

We very rarely use our shower too, but the hot water is nice to have for body and dish washing though, and usually turn ours on in the morning for an hour or so, and then again at suppertime.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Great! I'll switch it off now while the system is empty for winter.

Good to see another Escape 19 from PA. They were scarce in the East when I was considering buying mine.

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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Where are you in relation to York, Pa? Are you on the map, yet?
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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I am in Southwestern PA, due west of you.

I don't appear to be on the map. Do I have to do anything or does it just happen soon after joining?

BTW, does PA require inspections on the Escape 19? I was told no because it is under a weight limit but found it hard to believe.

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Glenn, click on the link at the bottom of the map to go right to the Google Maps page. There are instructions there on how to place your marker.
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Ahh, I think I got it now. I should show up after Google's confirmation.

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You must be the Myers then.
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