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Old 09-06-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Where do I find a used water heater?

I have a 25' 72 Tradewind. It has a severely busted water heater and I need to replace it.

We are on a tight budget and are trying to get it replaced for 100 dollars if possible.

It needs to be 6 gallon gas/electric. Does anyone know a place where I can find a used water heater? Or at least a cheap new one? I'm located in Southern NH.

Thanks.
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Old 09-06-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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they show up on ebay every once in awhile . . . but you probably knew that.
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Old 09-06-2006, 02:30 PM   #3
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Usually, water heaters aren't replaced unless they are broken, so finding a used one in better shape than yours might be tough.

Another option is looking for a local RV junk yard like Colaw's RV Salvage in Missouri. These kind of places take in wrecked trailers that have some good parts left. As long as you are somewhat flexible on what you are looking for, they can probably help.

You could shop online for one, but then you have to add shipping costs which might put you over your budget. Another idea is to place a "wanted ad" here in our calssifeids section (tab at the top of the screen).

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Old 09-06-2006, 03:08 PM   #4
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I agree, haunt the local junkyards for a wrecked RV. A lot of people wouldn't think to pull a perfectly good WH from a totalled trailer. Ask around for the yards that take totalled RVs. Find a totalled one that is 5 years old or newer. Bring your drill, wrenches and a pipe cutter. Also, a sawzall, and tin snips would come in handy, I bet. While you're there, snag the converter, inverter and furnace. I bet you walk out of there with all of that for 100-200. If the AC is a Carrier and newer, get that too...Wonder why I never thought of this before?????
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:15 PM   #5
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Awesome.

Thats what I'm talking about. A list of stuff that I should be scavenging. Too bad there aren't many airstreams lying around the northeast. But I suppose a lot of this stuff is interchangeable with regular RVs.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:30 PM   #6
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There's an old A/S dealer (no longer) used to be called American Adventure RV on Rt 1 in Hampton - may be renamed by now, I know they are new owners. They used to have lots of old RV's (including a lot of old, I mean vintage Airstreams) on their lot. Might be worth checking out.
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:05 AM   #7
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An AS dealer in Hampton. That'd be sweet. According to Airstream dot com the closest dealership to me is now in Maine. We had one at the end of my street that closed a few months before I got my TradeWind.

I'll be sure to try and find it. I found a place that sold Airstreams off Rt 2 in VT and it isn't on the radar of Airstream.com.
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hi- you don't need to go to an Airstream-specific dealer or junkyard for these things- they are generic appliances used in all RVs and trailers. Common brands of water heaters are Atwood and Suburban. Any RV junkyard will do, or ebay or craigslist. Good luck in your hunt- tim
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I saw an AS water heater on eBay yesterday...type in a search and you should find it.
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Airspleen, I would be carefull getting used. Most are not replaced until the tank is rotted out. You might try Southjersey RV. 1-856-697-9600. I know they restore old airstreams and may have a used water heater. They are good people, and based on your profile, not too far from you. Good Luck
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oops

That sounds perfect. Unfortunately I just moved to NH. Thanks for the tip though.
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