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Old 02-27-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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How to remove a hot water tank?

Hi and Thanks for reading.

I have a 1966 Caravel 17 footer which has wood rot beneath the hot water tank.

I would like to know how to remove the hot water tank. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

PS - I have searched this forum but couldn't find the answer.


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Old 02-27-2006, 02:15 PM   #2
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Unhook all waterlines. Unhook LP line. Remove all fasteners along outer edge of tank, on outside of the coach. Pull tank assembly out of coach. It will be a tight fit, if you cannot get it out, check inside to make sure plumbing is not caught on any part of the tank. It is a tough pull to get it out. I am assuming you have an older water heater that does not have any electrical connections. If not make sure they are disconnected before trying to pull tank out.

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Old 02-27-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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Assuming you have an Atwood or Suburban water heater, you can pull it out through the outside access. I know I did a '64 Bambi with the older round water heater and it has to go out via the door (and a lot of dissassembled cabinetry).
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There MAY be a single wood screw holding the tank on the inside floor on the extreme inboard bottom edge of the water heater. It is attached to a small L shaped bracket that is bolted to the housing of the water heater. Our Argosy had the screw, the Overlander does not.
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:40 PM   #5
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There may be a couple pieces of interior skin that you can remove by drilling out the pop rivits which would make getting the water tank out easier. If it's one of the 10 gallon versions, you will have to turn it a little sideways to get it out. Since you found the floor rot, think about installing your new w/h on a raised platform to allow air to circulate under it. The exterior flange does most of the "holding" of the unit in place, but make sure you build the platform sturdy enough to hold 6 gallons of water weight.
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Your experience will certainly be different from ours but you can look over what we did. Hopefully it will help you. It isn't hard..

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