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Old 06-23-2015, 06:45 AM   #1
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New installation - Atwood water heater

My 55 FC came with a non-functioning 3 gallon electric water heater under the rear bed. In order to get camping sooner I simply replaced it with a new 6 gallon electric heater of similar size. Works great.
Now that we are camping I prefer to have a propane heater and have pretty well settled on the Atwood 6 gallon DSI unit. I will have to run LP to the rear of the trailer and connect the plumbing - no problem. My fear is cutting into the outer shell. The logical location is under the bed on the street side just behind the bathroom. The shell is only slightly curved here and I have seen other 55's with the heater in this location. I will remove the inner skin or just cut the appropriate size hole there in between ribs and do the same on the outer shell. I have done a huge amount of renovation work myself but this task is intimidating me for some reason.
Anyone else done this or have an Atwood installed in this location? Pics would be great. RV-550 seemed like a viable (though expensive) option since it vents through the bottom but it is too tall to fit under the bed.
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