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Old 02-15-2007, 09:32 AM   #29
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Does anybody have an opinion as to whether I should keep the old Bowen water heater or install a new modern one during the restoration?
I just installed a new one with electronic ignition a couple of months ago. Sure beats having to go out and relight the pilot light! It was simple to install a 12 volt switch.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:56 PM   #30
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Old Bowen

I have had some old timers suggest I check out to see if the old water heater needs changing out. Most agree that the old bowen is tempremental.
No pun intended. I just decided on a suburban suggested by Safari62" .
Let me know what you decide. I still have to put down a new floor so I can wait awhile on the install.
I liked the images sent in by Canoe...there we go...as easy as that and nice plumbing also.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:35 PM   #31
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After sitting unused for 17 years, to my amazement it fired right up (after some cleaning of the burner area) and ran very well with all controls working.
I was unable to run it too long because there is/was no water in the tank, because the plumbing is incomplete.
Well thats good ! That is why I kept mine. It still works. When it totally dies I will get a new one. I'm pretty cheap so that may be a while. At least thats one thing you don't have to worry about.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #32
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Haven't done it yet but the Atwood looks to be a close copy of the old Bowen. So maybe not much fabrication would be required.

see: Wacky Water Heater

Noticed in this link the comment the water heater install was one of the worse projects done to date on the trailer. Looks like that was primarily due to the struggle with the gas line. We used a 3' section of 3/8 flex gas line from the hardware store. Unhook the old line from the shutoff under the trailer and take the old line out. The new flex line installs easily and you can curl the few inches of excess up inside the housing. Cut a grommet that will fit the belly pan hole down the side and slip it over the installed line and into the hole - silicone it into place if it's loose. Where the line enters the heater body - pack that full of silicone also. (yes I did use the "s" word - it does have it's limited uses). We sprayed the flex line silver where it shows under the body.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:55 PM   #33
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We installed a new hot water heater in our Bambi II and successfully used the existing exterior covers.

Here are links to the photos in our Bambi II restoration thread:

1) http://www.airforums.com/forums/164265-post33.html
2) http://www.airforums.com/forums/225184-post39.html
3) http://www.airforums.com/forums/261649-post53.html
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #34
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I would like to see your pictures

I was told my install may not be correctly vented... will you please let me look at your assembly?
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hello durans54 ,

I installed a suburban unit 10 gallon in my 60 trdwnd .I did use the original
bowen outer shroud assembly. The atwood water heater closely matches
the original bowen heater in regards to the exhaust outlet and so forth .I went to O.S.H. and picked up a few furnace ducting pieces ,and fabricated them to fit .they have to direct the exhaust of the suburban heater to flow out of the original shroud.it takes some work to fit up the new pieces.
It worked out great .so then ,I have no pics of the work unfortunately as I did it before being on the forums ,but I could take some for you if you like .
The gap from the old unit to the new at the opening needs to be filled also ,so you can devise a way to deal with that ,say some scrap type thin aluminum pieces to fill the space. and the outer rivited portion that the shroud all connects to remain in place .It is worth it to do this if your wanting the original look .

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Old 11-17-2008, 06:22 PM   #35
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Doing good ,so Im going for the rest now.
Please share where the riser came from that you have.
I don't have one on mine....
Please advise.
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Very interested in this thread here. Know when we get 8671 home I'm going to need to rework the water heater since the original and its cover have been replaced. Anyone have old covers kicking around or patterns for making a new one? Also interested in details on the modification. Not familiar with Atwood's layout since our 69 has a new Suburban.
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I did this same install, but had to move the old bowen chiminy to the left side of the opening to line it up with the new atwood exhaust position. I also remember trimming off most of the flange off the edges of the new atwood to make it fit. It wasn't too hard to do.
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Does anyone know if the riser for the outlet is a piece that can be bought or does one have to be made or find a used one.
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