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Old 12-14-2003, 05:25 PM   #1
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10 gal in a 6 gal Hole

Has anyone put a ten gallon Atwood in a 6 gallon Atwood hole...I have a 1975 Argosy 26'...
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It can be done, but you would need to cut the hole larger. Also you need to look at the space that the 6 gallon is in and determine if the space is large enough to accommodate the 10 gallon unit. This begs additional information, like why do you want a 10 gallon heater?
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Both the 6 and 10 gallon models are 16" wide, but the 6 gallon is 12.5" tall and 18" deep, while the 10 gallon is 15.5" tall and 20.8" deep. I also gotta wonder, why 10 gallons?
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3 Kids My Wife & I ......Lots of water fast I Have a 86 34' Avion with a 6 gal.....Not enough.

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Do you run LP and electric simultaneously? We haven't needed to, but you can for faster recovery.
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Moe,

You took the words right off my keyboard. If your Argosy had been an Airstream with the tub you have they would have offered a 10 gallon heater as part of the international package. The LP/120 volt models will allow for a faster recovery if you swap it, but the AMP draw could cause a problem when in a park running your AC and the hot water element.
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The unit that is in there is LP only. I have lots of space to work with just wondering if anyone has some pics of the install I would also like to upgrade if the LP/120 unit is a better one I'll go for It.
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Also what is the input on these two units Atwood vs. Surburban ?
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Atwood seems not to provide specifications on their website, but according to the Suburban site both their 6 gal. units have the same input at 12,000 btu/hr. I would be much surprised if Atwood's six gal. units don't have the same input as their 10 as well.

So, the only difference will be the initial tank of hot water.

I am thinking the reason others have asked "why" is the same reason I had wondered about it as well - a six gal. gas fired tank should provide all the hot water you can normally use. When I take a shower, the heater cuts off by the time I am toweled off and dressed. Granted, we have a rather low flow shower head, but it still provides a very good spray.

Is it possible your current unit is not performing at its best?

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The details are at http://www.atwoodmobile.com.
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It's getting old so this could also be a factor.....
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If the tank has a buildup of sediment and/or scale it would limit the capacity and increase the cycle time. You could pull the tank out and clean it, but the labor involved in a complete replacement could actually be less, depending upon how a new one fits the existing opening.

Moe, I looked at the Atwood site, but could find no specifications.

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Go to the section where you request or download a brochure.

Atwood Brochure, page 4. The 6 gallon units are 8,800 btu, with a 1400W electric element. The 10 gallon units are 10,000 btu, with the same electric element.

The 6 gallon recovery is 7.4 gallons per hour on gas, 6.2 gph on electric, and 13.6 gph on both.

The 10 gallon recovery is 8.5 gph on gas, 6.2 gph on electric, and 14.7 gph on both.

I didn't notice what the cold water temperature was for those ratings.
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My coach has a *new* 10 gallon water heater. Never having had a unit with a 6 gallon tank, I cannot say if this is good or bad. As far as electric goes, I was quoted a price of 10.5 cents a KWH for electric on a monthly site in Florida. That is the equivilent of around $2.81 a gallon for propane, and does not take into consideration that while running on propane, the heater is not 100% efficient. I have never used the electric option on ours.

After ours is up to temperature, the pilot seems to keep it hot, until someone takes a shower. Taking the kind of showers I like to take, it takes our Atwood about 5 minutes to recover before the next shower.
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