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Old 07-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Water Heater Install

Hi,
I am about to install a new 6 gal atwood water heater in my Tradewind and am wondering about performance when not level. I know the refrigerator needs to be as level as possible to function. As you can see from the attached drawing, it will be impossible to install the water heater level because of the sloping exterior walls . . . will the heater work? Does or did the factory install the heaters at an angle? Maybe the walls on new airstreams are less angled/curved(?). Any advice / experience will be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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You should not have any problems if the unit is off level a few degrees. Water heaters are not level sensitive to any significant extent like refrigerators are.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hey Mark,
Nice drawing! I just finished an Atwood 6 gal. DSI water heater install in my 65 Safari. I first removed the old 9 gal. Bowen and then installed a piece of alum. to reduce the size of the opening to fit the new wh. I planed it so that the Atwood sits on a 3" block of wood. by raising the new wh 3" I was able to get the door to match the side of trailer pretty well. Not sure if any of this would apply to your Tradewind.

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Old 07-15-2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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Question all I have a 1975 Argosy Airstream and have purchased a new hot water tank and am about ready to install but here are my issues:
I have two copper pipes coming from the rear of the Argosy one high and one running on the floor that I believe is my incoming city water , question do these hook in to the water tank????????? also on the floor in front of the water tank a copper pipe is cut that leads to the fresh water tank how do all these pipes hook up ????????????photos would really help .
All this was done before I purchased to restore.
New to this issue of installing a hot water tank need help ASAP Help!!!!!!
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:02 PM   #5
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One line from the pump is "cold". It should be connected to the lower port on the water heater along with the city water pipe.
The hot water pipe connects to the upper port on the water heater.
This would be a good time to install the 3 valves required for the bypass system so you can winterize.
There are many drawings showing how this is done. If you can't locate the drawings. Send me a PM with your email address and I will send you drawings.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
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Here are pics from my Atwood hot water install...
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my email address is fighterpilot11@yahoo.com and If will send you drawings that would be most helpful thanks
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Thank you for all your help ,
I have installed the water tank and it is new and installed plastic fittings to the Pex Pipe , but I have a issue the bottom line fitting has a steady drip ,
I did use the white tape on the treads and it continued and took it off reinstalled and it still drips ,
should I just replace the male fitting again with a new one ?? not real sure were to go from here all parts and tank were brand new and no the treads were not cross treaded , I was very carful on the install.
Need some help please
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I used TFE paste for the threads. Works better than tape. Just undo it put the paste on and tighten again. Good luck!
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One more thing, Be sure the PEX pipe is cut straight. Sometimes if it has even a slight angle, it will not form a good seal to the shark bite coupler.
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Thank you for all your information , going to get a new 90 degree pex and TFE Paste and try again , should work Hot Water Tank is new .
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tkasten I ordered a Atwood for my 65 if you have pictures of your install could you post them. Thanks for the help
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f445...-in-36653.html This is my thread from '08 about my install in my Trade Wind. I don't think there was any issue with of keeping the tank level.

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Neil. Thanks for the info. Nice job on the install
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