Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-22-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
stream lady's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
1975 Argosy 20
new iberia , Louisiana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 82
Images: 5
Water Heater on 1977 overlander

We are thinking about replaceing our water heater on the 77 overlander, has anyone else replace theirs on a 77? If so how hard is it to take out?
Thanks for any help
__________________

__________________
stream lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,191
Taking it out isn't hard, though you may have to work a bit to get any stuck-on Vulkem unattached from it. Unscrew all the screws, unhook the LP and water connections, and kick it out the side of the trailer.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
stream lady's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
1975 Argosy 20
new iberia , Louisiana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 82
Images: 5
1977 overlander

Thanks that sounds good,so how hard putting the knew one back, I guess just the same just having patience
__________________
stream lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 12:03 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Mikethefixit's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
Trotwood , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,153
Send a message via Yahoo to Mikethefixit
I was wondering if your water heater is leaking or just not working. I just rebuilt mine. I installed a new valve and pilot and thermo-couple assembly and it works like a champ. ITs not a difficult job at all. Total cost was about 100 bucks plus my labor. New heaters start somewhere around 350 and up depending on what you buy and from whom. GOOD LUCK with whatever you decide.
Roger
__________________
Roger & MaryLou
___________________
F350 CREWCAB SW LONG BED
7.3 liter Power Stroke Diesel
1977 27ft OVERLANDER
KA8LMQ
AIR # 22336 TAC- OH-7
May your roads be straight and smooth and may you always have a tailwind!
Mikethefixit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 05:21 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
stream lady's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
1975 Argosy 20
new iberia , Louisiana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 82
Images: 5
We tried to like the pilot and it would not lite other then that we don"t know much about them.We are knew at the vintage and have a lot yet to learn.
Thanks Sarah & Howard
__________________
stream lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 05:42 PM   #6
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,191
The only real headache for you would be rerouting the LP line to go straight down, rather than toward the interior of the trailer, which is how newer trailers are routed. You would need to drill a LP line sized hole in the base of the water heater surround, and plug off the hole going back into the trailer. other than that, it should be a pretty basic swap. You may or may not have to do something with the water heater door, depending on how the original was installed.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 07:09 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
4RXLA's Avatar
 
1977 31' Excella 500
West Sacramento , California
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 533
Images: 33
Blog Entries: 12
If your water heater is the original Bowen and is not leaking you may not have to replace it. I have the original in my 77 and have been told by more than one Airstream repair shop that the glass lined tank will never fail unless you screw the pressure relief or the gas valve assembly too tightly, which will crack the glass. Otherwise, just replace thermocouples and valve control assembly if needed. If your WH is in the rear, it will take more than 5 minutes of pressing the pilot knob before gas flow will light the pilot.
__________________
4RXLA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
pgr32e's Avatar
 
1974 27' Overlander
Sault ste Marie , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 165
Images: 6
I find the easiest way to light the pilot in mine is to hold a torch on it till it goes. Trying it with a match or that silly flint lighter is next to useless, especially in any sort of breeze.............Phil.
__________________
pgr32e is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
2 Rivet Member
 
stream lady's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
1975 Argosy 20
new iberia , Louisiana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 82
Images: 5
I'm sure its the original {atwood ] Looks just like the one Inland has 6 Gal' pilot ignition,but I haven't seen where to order a valve,pilot and thormo-couple that looks like that one? Where did you get yours ?
Thanks Howard
__________________
stream lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2011, 01:08 PM   #10
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,191
I think your '77 has a 10 gallon model, check before you order anything. It will say inside the door.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
stream lady's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
1975 Argosy 20
new iberia , Louisiana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 82
Images: 5
I went look at the specifications on airstream inc. and says the 77 have a super 6 on all 77. the lable on the door was gone.
__________________
stream lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2011, 10:51 PM   #12
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
I think you will find that the thermocouple and pilot assembly are generic. Try your local RV store.

The WH's gas valve is another story: not generic, and not cheap!
__________________

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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 cabinet cover to 1974 Overlander GeoStreamer Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 3 05-30-2011 01:35 PM
Water Heater Calcium Deposits -- What to do? Wilmington Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 7 05-18-2011 04:11 PM
Water Heater suggestions for '64 Overlander robwok 1960 - 1964 Overlander 4 03-02-2011 08:27 PM
atwood water being fitted to a 1960 Overlander Lothlorian Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 10 01-01-2011 06:42 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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