Originally Posted by ventport
The Anode rod in my 3 year old Atwood water heater is very corroded right where the rod meets the threaded fitting. The rest of the rod shows some corrosion but not like by the fitting which has holes in it. Is this normal in such a short time? We are not full timers and the camper has only been used about 6 times a year for less then a week each time. Should I be draining the water heater in between camping trips in the summer? That would be a pain as the only drain is to remove the anode rod. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Are the anode rods available from Atwood at a reasonable cost?
1- remove the anode rod.
2- install a drain plug where the anode rod should not be.
3- problem solved.
If you really want to, you can get a petcock type drain plug, so all you have to do is open the petcock to drain the tank.