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Old 10-01-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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What size WH

My 1976 29 foot ambassador is 400 miles away at deer camp and I need to know what size WH I have. I'm thinking of buying a Lightning Rod for hot water as our electric bill is paid by land owner, This would save money on propane and the hassle of taking tanks 40 miles to town to refill. Would it be the 6 or 10 gallon size and would it make a difference.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:37 AM   #2
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Not sure what size you have, most likely a 6 but not sure..... The only difference is you can take longer showers with a 10 but then you use more propane heating it back up... Propane will heat it up quicker than electricity... I have propane only on mine... Friend has both but only uses electricity in a full hookup but will switch to gas if the family is going to all take showers at night because of the faster reheat on gas...

Probably doesn't help much..... sorry..
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Not to worried about fast reheat since I'm the only one using the shower and only once a night at that. Just don't know if it would be a problem if I bought a lightning rod for a 10 gallon and when I got back to camp yo install I only had a 6 gallon tank
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:52 AM   #4
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You can get RV water heaters with a 110 VAC heater element already built into the unit. That way you can use it either way, and the element is designed for that unit so its much safer.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:15 AM   #5
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That's true, but not wanting to put that kind of bucks in it till I'm through with it at camp. Only use it two out of the year right now.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:30 AM   #6
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could you by both inserts and return the unused one?
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:12 PM   #7
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My '69 Overlander has a 10 gallon tank. Don't know if that was standard or not then.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:52 AM   #8
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Unhappy lol

Bought the 6 gallon hot rod thinking that it would heat the water in a 6 or 10 gallon tank enough for me alone to shower quickly each night at deer camp. Took it with me when I went to camp (470 miles), un packaged the Hott Rod, prepared tools needed for installtion, carried everything around back to water heater door, opened door, and found out I have a Bowen G10B heater. The Hott rod will only work with an Atwood or Suburban ( heater drain is much smaller on old Bowen.) So I was stuck with cold showers once a again and a Hott Rod i have no use for.
Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and replace old Bowen with a new unit.
Any suggestions?
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:52 PM   #9
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A new 10 gallon Atwood will be an easy swap. I did my 6 gallon in a couple of hours.
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Hey There, I need to replace the 10gal Bowen in my 76 Excella, is the 10 gal Atwood the best fit and value? The Atwood dimensions seem to be a little deeper than the bowen but looks like it will fit. Thanks
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Hey There, I need to replace the 10gal Bowen in my 76 Excella, is the 10 gal Atwood the best fit and value? The Atwood dimensions seem to be a little deeper than the bowen but looks like it will fit. Thanks
Atwood is the new name for Bowen.

Their 10 gallon will fit perfectly.

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Has anyone used a tankless water heater? I was wondering how well it works, if it is hard to install.....My water heater is original to my '74 and really needs to be replaced....
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Tankless water heaters designated for RV use are available, but they are very expensive.
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Atwood is the new name for Bowen.

Their 10 gallon will fit perfectly.

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Hey Andy
does it matter if you go with an electronic ignition model, or a propane/electric model, instead of just the pilot light version?
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