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Changing T-STAT / ECO on Atwood?

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I need some Help with my old Atwood waterheater.
It went out of work often and the redlight in bathroom flashed on. (mainly while showering, with shampoo in my head...!) Last time, a member here told me to clean the electrical conections and spray them time by time. this helped a while, the burner went on imediately.
Now we became the same issues again in France!
I tried to tighten the contacts, because they were "lousy", and cracked one on the "T-STAT" (see pictures)
To use it as emergency, i conected the black "T-STAT" wires with a wingnut and waterheater lighted imediately. i switched of manually after a while, to avoid overheating.
We have mainly NO HOOK-UP here in Germany for weekendtrips, so the installed (wonderfull!) CAMCO AC heat element is sensless...!
I have a friend in TX, he can ship the new set easily to me, but will this solve my problem???
Heater is allmost 30 years old, i can't get a new one here in Germany. While driving Bangles from IA to the port of Baltimore, they sold us at "Airstream-Ohio" the wrong one...😡😡😡! (no inlet for engine support!)
I am very satisfied with it normally, capacity is sufficient, heat's up quick.
It looks old and rusty, this was the result if an old and bad drain nut. (replaced now with AC heat element, no more leaks!)
WHAT does "ECO" and "T-STAT" exactly do????
Any "tricky" , but "safe" ideas???
Is it a challenge to change the "T-STAT"? Can i try to braze/solder a new wire on it, to re-conect the black wires?
Thank you for a reply!!!!
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