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Old 03-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Interested in replacing my hot water heater in my 75 31'A/S.the one that's in it doesn't appear to be original and is in poor working condition.I'm unsure of how to go about it and what kind to get.i only need a straight gas unit cost is a factor spent to much on earlier repairs. I took some pictures of what there and would appreciate any help you can give.thanks
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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Have you considered just replacing the gas valve?
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #3
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Atwood Water Heater Gas Control Valve/Thermostat - $68.99
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Yeah I did but I couldn't get the thermostat out and the little pilot tubes are broken and the other parts are rusted up pretty bad.just thought changing it out would be safer in the long run.Also it is in another state under cover so working on it is difficult and just want it done next trip.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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I might give your idea a shot jammer I'll research how to break it loose and replace the other little parts that are broken.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #6
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Someone else posted this: Atwood Water Heater at a great price - PPL Motor Homes

If you're going for a new one, these are the best prices I've seen so far. Good luck, and keep us posted as to how you resolve this.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:17 AM   #7
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I went ahead and ordered the new Atwood heater .just figured I would start new to alleviate any future complications with the old unit.looks like I should be able to DC the water lines inside and unscrew all the exterior screws and slide new unit in. I hope that's the case, if anyone knows of anything I might need to complete Job I would appreciate it since I have to drive 300 miles to do repair and not many stores close.thanks again.
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Butyl or putty tape for the flanges tos eal against the shell. Vulkem as a secondary sealer. The gas line entry is different on the newer model. You can either relocate the gas line to match the new water heater or modify the water heater to accept the original gas line location. You will also need to modify the water lines for the new heater.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:27 AM   #9
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Decided to order me one too. They even allowed me the sale price a day late...
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:46 PM   #10
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I need to do this too, to replace my old Bowen with a new...I'm thinking Atwood 6 gal. Can you simply extend the gas line to the new location, or do you have to drill up from a new place under the pan? The water connections shouldn't be bad, I redid most everything with pex already. Thanks
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The water lines are copper on the inside can I use some other fittings like pex if they don't line up and what do I use for gas lines on exterior I guess it would be different than water line side. Just don't want to not have any extra parts that I need . I can take back any I don't use.
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the easiest fix is to modify the entry point on the new water heater to accept the old gas line.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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Well, I have a new Atwood 6 gal with electric start, and we're going to camp with it in two weeks. I played with it all weekend in the driveway and am thrilled with the way it works. I did not however follow my own post, above, but rather bought it through the guy who installed it- I figured paying for a few hours of someone else's time was a good investment in maintaining my own sanity.
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My old water heat had copper lines with flare fitting elbows running to it. I used braided flex hoses with FPT both ends to connect the water heater to SharkBite fittings on the existing copper.
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