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Old 03-14-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
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Water Heater Replacement

I have a 1981 Excella II (side bath/rear bed), and I'd like to replace the water heater with a new one. Do I just remove everything from the outside, or are there connections that I need to get to inside the trailer? I can't see any way I'd access the rear of the water heater inside the trailer if there is.

I have an Atwood-Bowen and the manual indicates a 6 gallon unit with remote ignition.

Also open to suggestions on what to replace it with.


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Old 03-14-2016, 02:37 PM   #2
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You will have to brake the 2 water connections on the back of the heater. It may be easier to just cut the piping where you can reach and splice after the new install. The trailer body was installed after the heater was and thus you may have to cut the shell a bit to get the heater out to allow for the insulation to pass through the opening.

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Old 08-19-2016, 05:21 PM   #3
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That makes sense. Thank you.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:13 PM   #4
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We've been satisfied with the Atwood 6 gal remote spark gas only we put in our 64' Safari about 10 years ago. Enough so, we just put the same thing in our current project.

You may need to base your decision on the dimensions available after you've excavated the original.

Good luck,
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