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Old 03-10-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Water heater replacement

ANYONE REPLACED THE ORIGINAL PROPANE WATER HEATER IN THEIR 65 CARAVEL ?
MINE HAS A SLOOWW WATER LEAK, PLUS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFICULT TO LIGHT - SO PERHAPS NOW IT THE TIME NOW TO REPLACE IT...ANY MAKE/MODEL ADVICE THAT WILL FIT IN THE ORIGINAL LOCATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED !

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Old 03-13-2014, 09:34 AM   #2
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The direct replacement would be the Atwood 6 gallon. Atwood bought out Bowen (the original brand) and their current model fits almost perfectly in the hole (may have to trim 1/4" off the top of the hole?). You will receive a white hinged door though. It can be painted silver and you may be able to order a stainless steel door, I am not sure. I chose to drill out the original cover and reinstall the original, so it looks like nothing has changed. All new 6 gallon gas only model inside, but nobody can see the difference outside. Here is your best source and they explain the different models well…

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If you have a Bowen now the Atwood will be a direct replacement, as noted by Jewel65. The only other thing is that the new Atwood heaters have a slightly different gas input location, and either a new hole will need to be bored in the new heater and the old one plugged and the inlet pipe fitting turned, or your gas line will need to be re routed (and replaced) to fit the location on the new water heater.
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I put a note in the "Plumbing - Water Heaters" board about one on sale. You might check that out.
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