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Old 01-22-2017, 02:18 PM   #1037
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:31 AM   #1038
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I need that exact table if anyone has one.
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:26 PM   #1039
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A '63 Overlander Followed us Home

I was out camping last week and over a 5 day period, I had to relight the old original Bowen water heater 4 days. It's easy to tell when it's lit, the flaky high temp valve dribbles water out of the floor drain...
So it's finally time to upgrade the 54 year old water heater.
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:30 PM   #1040
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Of course as soon as drain it (and create a swamp to work in) it starts raining. The new 6 gallon is much smaller, I'm going to need a 'hole shrinker'.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-12-2017, 04:35 PM   #1041
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The plan is to keep the Bowen cover so I removed the sheet metal from the old tank and fit the new surburban into it.
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:39 PM   #1042
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The WH was bolted in at an angle so the cover fit the slant on the side of the trailer. Then I modified the old cover to clear the new intake and exhaust
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:43 PM   #1043
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Once all of the old parts were cleaned up, I stuffed it back into the hole, attached the water lines, turned on the pump and 'squirt'...I had pinched a line during the replacement.

All in, it was a nice weekend project.
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:20 PM   #1044
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Looks great! We did that too on our 63 safari and love that I can flip a switch and have hot water!
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:59 PM   #1045
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Good job saving the original outside water heater cover! Looks great!!
54 years has to be close to record for a working Bowen original round water heater.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:23 PM   #1046
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Nice job, Vernon. I did the same to my Bambi II & I still think it's one of my favorite "morphs". Nothing like flipping a switch for hot water!
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:18 AM   #1047
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Vernon, it looks great! You are one the most creative people I know about when it comes to blending the old with the new. Your ability to shrink the hole and keep the same exterior appearance is brilliant!
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