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Old 09-05-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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Hot Water Heater

what brand of hot water heater is a direct replacement without to many modifacations in a 1967 caravel. would an atwood or a suburban be a better choice.

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:33 PM   #2
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Hello 1967Caravel ,

Our 60 trdwnd had the bowen as they all did ,we used a 10 gallon suburban
unit,it fit in the opening very well ,I did have to redo the ducting to match the old shroud ,as I definately wanted it to be retained .That took some
fabricating to do ,but the results were worth it .nothing will be an exact replacement ,but you may get reponses from folks with Atwood installs ,and the layout of the heater is more like the bowen ie: controls and ducting .We
have the pilot ignition only ,no electric .It is possible the atwood will be a
better oem type fit up ,but others will respond here to you about that.

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Old 09-05-2006, 09:26 PM   #3
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Isn't Hot Water Heater an oxymoron like Jumbo Shrimp. Shouldn’t it be called a Cold Water Heater?

I used a Suburban in my Safari
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:48 PM   #4
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We installed an Atwood DSI propane/110v and love like a glove.

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Old 09-05-2006, 11:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Safari64
Isn't Hot Water Heater an oxymoron like Jumbo Shrimp. Shouldn’t it be called a Cold Water Heater?

I used a Suburban in my Safari
In the 'trade' it's simply called a water heater.......which is exactly what it heats WATER, not hot water. Although one might get a wild hair and say that after initial start-up, the water in the tank is hot (or warm) and the unit fires, making it then heat the already HOT water in the tank.

Anyway, whatever it's called, one gets the point .
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