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Old 11-12-2015, 01:24 AM   #11
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Scott, doubt your sellers were using water with algae or they would have used some bleach. They probably used bleach before and didn't lately knowing they were selling. Trailer might have sat lately, too. No doubt they took deposits out of the hot water tank also. Bleaching the tank is needed periodically so you will have to do it again. At least once a year is probably common.

The anode in the photo above is new. If your anode is pencil thin, good time to replace.

Many of us take gallons of water for drinking so less worry about the water put into the tank or what is in any city water.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:27 AM   #12
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Here's my anode after 6/7 years. Original to the trailer.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:43 AM   #13
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Kinda looks about due. That'll probably set you back $10.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:46 AM   #14
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Took it to the RV shop and they said it's good.
It has a long way to go.
Pic is from Camping World site. New and old.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:59 AM   #15
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I'm not the kind who would wait that long (and have read "pencil thin".) They're cheap. In fact, we mistakenly bought what we think are two wrong anodes, wrong one sent to us. Just waiting for a swap meet with people with the other water heater.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:23 AM   #16
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I only put city water into my fresh tank. I think because the city water has already been treated and there is a little something left in the water.
Our community has a well that we test every week and about every month we have to open the valves at the farthest ends of the system to flush stale water out. Or about after two or three months we get bad weekly readings.
It should be noted that public water supply systems (municipalities or privately operated systems) are regulated and typically use chlorine or chloramine in small concentrations to sanitize water. Both dissipate readily when exposed to open air (even faster when boiled), such as open space in the water tank, and even when sitting in low flowing water mains, especially dead-ended mains. Ideally, water mains are looped to prevent "stale water" problems. Even so, most municipalities periodically flush mains to retain chlorine residuals. When you see a utility worker standing beside a fire hydrant which is flowing water, that is what he/she is doing. As such, using "city water" rather than well water is not going to make a huge difference in inhibiting algal growth in the fresh water holding tank.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:32 AM   #17
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Here's my anode after 6/7 years. Original to the trailer.
You must have good water there. That anode looks to have lots of wear left. Sure it is cheap to replace, but there is really no reason to do so. I like to save where I can, so I can spend on important (to me) things.

I replaced the one in the 19 after 5 years. I think not only does it have to do with the good water, but possibly how much flows through the tank activating it.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:50 AM   #18
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We replaced our anode a couple years ago. When I removed it last week it looked about like the picture baglo posted. We flush the tank well in the fall and leave the anode out for the winter. In the spring, scale that had been stuck to the tank wall will be loose because it had dried out, and another flushing will get most of it. From a health standpoint it might not be that big a deal however my concern is that it could plug the aerator or pump screen. Haven't had that problem, going to keep doing what I do. Always use new Teflon tape, wrapped in the right direction.
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. Always use new Teflon tape, wrapped in the right direction.
I wrap in the left direction, opposite to the direction the plug turns in.
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I didn't know how to say that, I just know that it should " want" to feed in, not get all wadded up and peel back. Not that left, your other left. Went to school with a boy named Roy Wright. For presentations in shop class the teacher always introduced him as. " here's the man who is never wrong, he's always right, Mr. Roy Wright"
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