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Old 11-12-2015, 11:43 AM   #31
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This discussion raises the question about getting the optional electrical connection on the water heater. I ordered it and do like the convenience at times with full hookups. We have found, however, that propane heats quickly, stays hot and we would eliminate some of the annual maintenance, the need for the anode and the element. If we had to do it again we would probably not order the dual heater. Just a thought for those making their build list. Comments and thoughts??
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Much appreciation to everyone for educating me. I'm relieved to learn that the white chunks are normal!

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I just winterized our new (6 months old) Escape and cleaned out a surprising amount of white sludge from the water heater. Looks like our anode is doing its job - but I better stockpile a spare or two. I'm a fan of magnesium - at an additional cost of perhaps $5.

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I'm unable to understand why magnesium would be better. If it lasts longer, then it's not doing its job ( being the sacrificial metal ).
So, presumably, it doesn't last as long?
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I think Suburban manual recommends magnesium, unless it lasts for less than a year, then aluminum. It is dependent on the water conditions in the area you are mostly in.
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I used a wet vac to suck out the water heater and then a small tube to really clean the bottom of the water heater. With the trailer being only 6 weeks old, it was pretty clean anyway. Loren
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I'm unable to understand why magnesium would be better. If it lasts longer, then it's not doing its job ( being the sacrificial metal ).
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When immersed in water, magnesium gives of a larger negative current than aluminum. It will therefore disintegrate faster and theoretically will be more aggressive than aluminum at protecting the tank. Most home water heaters come with aluminum anodes installed by the manufacturers. The guesses why......the second two don't count$
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Oops, that was supposed to be three guesses why.....
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This discussion raises the question about getting the optional electrical connection on the water heater. I ordered it and do like the convenience at times with full hookups. We have found, however, that propane heats quickly, stays hot and we would eliminate some of the annual maintenance, the need for the anode and the element.
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I don't follow this - how would getting a water heater without the electric heating element eliminate the need for the anode? It is a cathodic protection device, not a heat source; it works by an electrochemical reaction, but has nothing to do with power feeding the electric heating element.

I have three RV water heaters. Two are Atwood units with aluminum tanks which do not use a protective anode; the other is a predecessor of the Suburban, does not have an electric heating element, and does have an anode (which I can't get out).
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I don't follow this - how would getting a water heater without the electric heating element eliminate the need for the anode? It is a cathodic protection device, not a heat source; it works by an electrochemical reaction, but has nothing to do with power feeding the electric heating element.
Absolutely correct, Brian. Water heaters that use propane or natural gas need an anode so that they can sacrifice their lives allowing the tank to go on living! The heat source is irrelevant in this discussion.
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