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Old 03-14-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hot water heater question

I just removed the old leaking Bowen hot water heater in my 1971 Overlander. I was told that the Atwood 10 gallon hot water heater was a direct replacement. The Bowen was a 10 gallon.
The problem is that none of the dimensions are even close. The new Atwood is 25" X 19" X 18".
The old Bowen measures 20 & 1/2" X 16" X 15& 1/2".
This is measuring the unit and not the flanges.
Does anyone have any suggestions to cure this problem?
Thanks, Robert
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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Check the dimensions on the Atwood 6 gallon. That is pretty much standard issue these days.
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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The 6 gallon Atwood will produce almost as much hot water as a standard 10 gallon. It uses a mixer valve to produce reasonably hot water from the very hot water it actually produces.


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The 6 gallon Atwood will produce almost as much hot water as a standard 10 gallon. It uses a mixer valve to produce reasonably hot water from the very hot water it actually produces.


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This is true if you get the "XT" models from Atwood, but they still sell non-XT models that don't have that finicky mixing valve.
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Yeah, that valve is yet another maintenance issue. We went with a PrecisionTemp 550 Tankless instead. DW loves the long hot showers.


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Just a general comment on "hot water heaters" - they're not.
They are water heaters. But people sometimes refer to them as "hot water heaters" which is actually redundant. I have caught myself saying this before too.
Not being snarky or condescending here, just letting anyone who wants to know what the device is actually called.
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It could still be a Hot Water Heater as they do regulate on and off to keep the water in the heater, hot...lol
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Matters not. But technically correct.

I used to refer to mine as the G-D Atwood until I got rid of it.

Now it's the much loved 'tankless' around our house.


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