To be very honest we haven't done much since arriving here on Saturday. Decided to wake up late and take it easy for a few days.
Maintenance is always important, but even more so now that our rig is our home. Yesterday I decided to check out the condition of the anode rod in our water heater. We have a Suburban water heater and these have either magnesium or aluminum rods. The purpose of an anode rod is to act as a sacrificial metal to protect the tank. Depending upon the type and quantity of minerals in your water, the anode may have a longer or shorter life. That's the main reason for removing it for inspection. Suburban states that these anodes should last approximately one year, but again that is dependent upon the water run through the unit. This is a pretty easy maintenance item, but for anyone who has not done this before here's the basic procedure: (Please note that these instructions apply to the Suburban water heater only, and all work is done at the owner's risk.)
1. Turn off the electric and propane switches to the water heater.
2. Turn off the water supply and/or water pump.
3. Allow the water in the heater to cool for a period of time before draining.
5. Use a 1 1/16" socket to remove the anode rod and drain the tank. (Stand clear of the opening as the water might still be hot and WILL exit quite forcibly.)
8. After the tank has been thoroughly rinsed, wrap the threads of the new anode rod several times with teflon tape and screw the rod back into the drain hole. Make sure the rod is tight, but DO NOT over tighten.
9. Turn on the water supply.
10. Close the pressure relief valve when water begins to exit from the valve. (This ensures that the tank is filled with water and that an air space has been created in the tank.)
11. Make sure the tank is filled again BEFORE turning on the electricity to the water heater or you run the risk of burning out the electric element inside the water heater.
12. Turn on the propane switch again to make sure that all is working properly.
13. Check the anode for leaks around the threads and tighten JUST A LITTLE if needed.
Tomorrow I take a look at LED lights and dealing with the USPS for mail delivery.
Thanks for taking a look!