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Old 01-17-2009, 07:00 PM   #15
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Tim I missed the last post this week, the one with the hinge. That is a great idea, nice way to blend the old and new. I think I can do something like this on ours. I hope to do that very same on our water heater when we get to that stage, but will also have to either find or replicate the door/chimney bit. One thing I can't see from the photo is how they hold the door shut.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:19 AM   #16
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Tim I missed the last post this week, the one with the hinge. That is a great idea, nice way to blend the old and new. I think I can do something like this on ours. I hope to do that very same on our water heater when we get to that stage, but will also have to either find or replicate the door/chimney bit. One thing I can't see from the photo is how they hold the door shut.
It looks like a single push/turn knob holds it all closed. Look at the photo with the door closed and the knob is half way down on the far right. You can also just make out the knob in the open door picture, same location, only an inside view of the "male" side.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:00 PM   #17
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It looks like a suburban 6 gallon, but I could be wrong. I think this is going to be our plan. I got a bowen unit this week, tried taking it apart today, tank looks decent, but has so much sediment in it I don't think Id ever get it clean, plus gas valve and burner are toast, there is another 140 or so in parts on a 40 year old tank. I too need to confirm brand on this. The reason I was thinking Suburban is that I thought the atwood had the exhaust on the left, not the right.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:38 PM   #18
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Hinged water heater cover

I'm 99% sure the picture of the hinged water heater cover utilizing the original Bowen shroud is my 1963 Tradewind. I had Dan Piper of Vintage Campers in Peru, Indiana engineer this for me, and it was correctly described in a previous post. When closed it is secured by a stainless knobbed screw. The water heater is a 6 gal. Suburban. It fit perfectly under the gaucho bed.

I have since polished the trailer and the shroud. Without close inspection you would never notice it is not completely original.

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Old 01-31-2009, 09:41 PM   #19
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Thanks Mike, well I'm gonna copy you!!! The water heater sits in a closet in ours. Have you found the 6 gallon big enough for your needs? Our 69 has a 10 gallon suburban.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:11 AM   #20
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The 6 gal. water heater has been adequate for us. However, I would have installed a 10 gal if it would have fit under the gaucho.

It was about 1" too tall and would have required rebuilding the gaucho.

I'd go with a 10 gal. if you have room.

Also, I intalled the standard Suburban that requires manual lighting of the pilot light. That is the way the original Bowen worked. Basic!!!
If I had it to do over, I would install a self-lighting model.

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Old 02-01-2009, 09:53 AM   #21
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That hinged cover is slick. Now all I need is a vintage WH cover and I'll be all set. Keep posting your progress and great innovations. They're inspirational.

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Old 02-01-2009, 12:22 PM   #22
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add pictureBTW......... I have an old International furnace exterior shroud as pictured in post #3 that I did not re-install on my '63 Tradewind.

Anybody intersted?

I chose to just use the new Atwood furnace shroud, and let the water heater retrofitted vintage shroud make the original look.

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Old 02-01-2009, 12:34 PM   #23
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Here's a picture of the Tradewind before restoration showing the original shrouds.
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LPG venting.

Modifying the intake air or exhaust air on an new furnace or water heater, is asking for trouble.

Are you ristricting the flow of air, in any way, that will not allow the flame to burn correctly?

If so, carbon monoxide, will be more than plentiful.

If a dealer did made that change, they would forever be liable.

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Old 02-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #25
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I agree a shop takes a risk anytime a mod is made to a product that otherwise the risk would be entirely the manufacturer. I think this mod can be done safely with a large opening since the "flew"is nothing more than a open box. The opening made in the sample photo certainly could be enlarged to allow for more air flow.
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I think I will plagiarize the idea of the hinge. Great idea! I have a 1966 26' Overlander with the Bowen water heater. I am missing the bottom "u" shaped piece of the flue which covers the pilot and burner area. Anyone with one to sell? Anyone who can take a couple of photos of an original so I can maybe fabricate one? Thx!
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:58 PM   #27
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Thanks for your quick reply and photo. It looks like a mesh from the photo. Is it aluminum or stainless? Would it be possible to get a photo of it off so I can see how it is attached? Thx in advance!
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