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Old 06-18-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Bursting At The Seams

I've got a 1960 - 18' Traveler that I plan on replacing all the plumbing (separate thread on PVC as replacement). I believe I have the original water heater (photo below) which is leaking at the seams and is probably not worth trying to save. In seeking a new heater to fit a small space (current one is about 16"X16"X16") I'm wondering if any of you have recommendations on a brand/model.

Another note. The current model appears to have been installed and then the cabinets built around it. The heater will not fit through any of the cabinet doors. So I either have to pull the cabinet, or cut a door to the exterior. I admit, it hurts me to think about cutting into the skin of my baby. Any thoughts on this aspect of the job?

I've got plenty of planning time as life won't let me start for at least the next 6-8 weeks.

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Old 07-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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Don't cut the exterior skin! remove the cabinet...work with wood, not prestressed aluminum. that's my advice...
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:38 AM   #3
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I admit, cutting the skin is not my first choice. Your thought on the pre-stressed skin is a valid concern. I also realize that every seam is a potential leak. Plus, it's one more mark on the smooth lines of the old airstream.

I'm going to be replacing all the plumbing anyway so I may have to remove the cabinet one way or the other.

I'm taking her camping this week. Heading to the Sierra, so will have time to live in her and think about what I want to do.

Thanks for the input.

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I am also against the fact that the cover is cut open.... With my Cruiser I try everything, so that the cover remains intact.
Nevertheless, it is possible to dismantle the wooden piece of furniture, anyhow it became once advances by the entrance door ....
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:08 PM   #5
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I already had to take out all the passenger cabinets to repair my suicide door and rebuild the frame. It can be done, just time consuming. I will most likely do the woodwork.

I'm curious if anyone has a preference for a particular brand of new water heater.

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