Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-18-2005, 01:43 PM   #1
Rivet Master
1963 19' Globetrotter
Currently Looking...
Moline , Illinois
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 634
Replacement for Bowen water heater?

Is Atwood the best replacement for Bowen water heater and can I keep my original door?

The gas valve on my 63 Globetrotter's Bowen heater is bad and the dealer tells me replacements are not available. So... I will be replacing the water heater. Is an Atwood 6 gal the optimum choice. I really want keep my original outer door so I realize some fabrication might be needed on the venting. Is this possible to do. Also any tips/ tricks for removing the old heater. I've done a lot in houses but the trailer is a new experience. Along with the heater the old copper water lines are going and I am debating PEX vs CPVC is one better than the other or is it just a matter of preference?

63air is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 05:35 PM   #2
Rivet Master
TomW's Avatar
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,893
Images: 2
A picture of your existing door would help

I prefer copper plumbing, but PEX would be my next choice.


1967 Airstream Overlander International
TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 05:48 PM   #3
Remember Burma Shave!
driftwood's Avatar
2006 19' Safari
2000 25' Safari
1985 25' Sovereign
Fort Myers , S.Florida
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 504
Images: 35
Rivet Cpvc


What don't you like about CPVC?
NORM #3305

"... there is nothing you can't fix yourself ...
... if you're handy ...
... with a check book! ..."
driftwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 05:57 PM   #4
Rivet Master
TomW's Avatar
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,893
Images: 2

I do not have a dislike for CPVC, but for a vibration-prone, somewhat cramped environment, I feel PEX is a better plumbing alternative in a travel trailer. Especially for folks that do not run plumbing for a living.

CPVC is great in that no special tools are required, but its rigidity requires more care being taken to support its runs than PEX does.

1967 Airstream Overlander International
TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2005, 06:40 AM   #5
Rivet Master
AYRSTRM2's Avatar
1966 22' Safari
Armada , Michigan
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 939
Images: 4
Over at they have a great article on how to put the old Bowen door back on the new Atwood(which is your only choice for a replacement):

AYRSTRM2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2005, 09:17 AM   #6
Rivet Master
sovereignrwe's Avatar
1972 31' Sovereign
Oakdale , Minnesota
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 586
Nice link, I sure hope to use that in the future! I could help if you had questions on a 70's, but those pics look like the information you need.

72 Sovereign: L couch, mid-twin, rear-bath
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"
"It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much."
"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else." - Yogi Berra

sovereignrwe is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water heater replacement Craig Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 36 12-18-2014 09:13 AM
Water Heater Replacement rpwx Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 2 04-23-2014 01:43 PM
Water Heater Craig 1978- 1979 Excella 500 7 10-01-2007 05:16 PM
wiring - water heater Craig Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12 10-02-2002 05:03 AM
Water Heater Replacement, Others roessler Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 9 06-18-2002 03:53 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.