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Old 08-09-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Best fit replacement water heater - 73 Tradewind

I have my restoration almost to the point that I'm going to start the plumbing. Obviously, part of that will be the water heater. I need the replacement to plumb it properly

All I have of the old one is a plate with the model number, and the outside stainless cover. I "think" I want to try to use the outer cover to preserve the classic look of the AS, but maybe that's not a big issue.

In any case, I need some advice on the best fit for a new heater.

I'm seeing on the web that Bowen heaters are now Atwood.
My old model was Bowen G6A2 (LP only)
I am thinking the best "fit will be the Atwood GC6AA-8 (which upgrades to LP and electric) I can add a 110 line to there fairly easily at the moment.

This is supposed to replace my old model. Has anyone done this, and will it fit without much fuss?


Thanks in advance for any insight into this.

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Old 08-09-2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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We replaced the 1974 Bowen 10 gallon in our Sovereign last fall, and the main difference was that the gas connected from a different spot. We bought ours on sale at Camping World ($399) and had Airstream Service in JC put it in while we were having some other stuff done.

Anyway, the existing gas feed wouldn't work, and I -think- they had to re-route it to come in from below, and the original inlet came from the side, IIRC. I see it when I light it every time we go to the camp where it lives (which was last Thursday (getting home yesterday) but who thinks about where the gas comes in? Like I say, the important thing was that it required more time, due to being moved.

Also, where the old tank was visible (and galvanized I want to say, NOT SS), the new one is covered in foam. This saves heat, I would imagine.

Oh, and it also required cutting out a strip on the bottom side of the opening, since the new frame was taller. The cutting also meant that (for now) I have the cheap-looking beige door that came with it, and not the nice SS one that was installed originally. I kept the old door, meaning to some day put it back on, but when I came across it in the shed on the weekend, I also noticed that the rectangular grill that allows the exhaust to escape was part of the old heater, and not part of the old door, as is the case with the new one.

So, yes, the best fit it the new Atwood (they bought Bowen years ago), but that's not to say it just slides in and bolts up.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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I had an older Atwood in my 68 TW. It had a two piece cover. I would have liked to use the original door/cover but it would not work with the new heater. I opted for the 10 gal for two reasons. 1- I had the room inside and 2) since the newer tank door was not nearly as wide as the old tank door. The bigger heater had a bigger door and required less fabrication of filler strips.
I got the LP/110 version with auto pilot.
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I meant that I want to use the outside door with the new heater.
Sounds like this might be easier said than done?
I understand the rest of the heater will be foam. And at current I can reroute the gas feed easily.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Terry (overlander63) changed his over. You can see a few photos of it here.

One of us should ask him to describe how he did it.
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oops, meant to edit, duplicated it. Please ignore this post...
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