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Old 02-28-2012, 12:25 PM   #15
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If anyone has a Bowen 6 gal aluminum tank in good shape, I am interested.
For model # G6A2, 6.2 gal, spec # R807114, serial # 364602
My water heater gas part works perfect [1978 Argosy 27 ], has no corrosion in or on the tank after disassembly , BUT, the last owner let the unit get too cold and now the internal tank camper water line / coil leaks air [ tested at 30 psi] into the tank itself.
Has anyone attempted a repair by cutting the tank in two at the welded seam?
If not, are replacement aluminum tanks available, new or used?
Any help appreciated...
Bob C dobson, NC

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #16
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By the time you factor in the time it'll take to find a replacement, labour, welding costs, it would be cheaper to replace it with a new unit. They aren't very expensive.

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Old 02-29-2012, 05:02 AM   #17
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new vs old water heater

As I understand it, the new units are not alumimum, tankwise, and that doesn't bode well for long life.
With regard to the tank, it seems I was mistaken and there is no inside "coil , just high and low pipe for hot out and cold in, so my issue must have been a small camper pipe system leak, or leaking relief valve.
So, no tank new needed.....
My plan, while apart , is to incorporate a welded on bung for a 115 V AC electric element and mount adjustable control "switch" as used on commercial electric hot water heaters, with a lighted on -off switch some where convenient to the bathroom of galley area.
I do wish I could retrofit this Bowen G6A2 unit with a auto ignition gas vlave, but haven't found one yet.....
Know of any available?
Thanks for your thoughts..
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:23 AM   #18
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Thanks Barts for the calculation. Regarding the fuel use and on demand- I think they make sense when there is a lot of use over a period of time, like in a residence or an RV where someone is living. For the way we use it, occasionally, the amount of fuel we use to heat water is minimal.

Dryenko, I think you're going to find that you'll get plenty of life out of a good quality water heater and that the grief associated with tracking down an aluminum tank won't by you any additional life over a steel tank. My tank is 48 years old and still holds water.

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