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Old 08-17-2016, 07:37 PM   #1
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Water Heater Best Replacement 6 gal

Opinions wanted on best 6 gal water heater. Replacing original Bowen G6A2 just wanting more convenience like auto ignition, dual switch in a gas/electric combo and looking at Atwood GC6AA-10E hoping to use as vacation getaway for few weeks each year. So any suggestions appreciated on function, cost, service, and installation etc. Thanks.

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Old 08-17-2016, 07:48 PM   #2
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We installed the Truma "AquaGo comfort" instant on water heater in both our 2014 Classic and 2015 23D International Serenity. The form factor is smaller than the tank models and they use less gas since they are not trying to keep 6 gallons of water warm all the time. They also weigh less since there is no 50 pounds (6 gallons) of stored water.

A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, TX (just about 30 miles northwest of Dallas) installed them for us in each trailer while doing extensive other custom work and they were in the thousand dollar expense category.

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Old 08-17-2016, 07:57 PM   #3
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I have this one in a SOB I'm using for the summer and love it. I t came installed with switches incorporated in the tank level meter, but you could put 2 switches somewhere convenient. One switch activates electric mode the other propane, you can use both at the same time to reduce recovery time and increase hot water quantity available. Nothing else to worry about, no pilot to worry about, and you can save propane.
If you do ever find yourself without power or don't want to hookup for a short stop, you'll still have the propane as a backup.
Since its electric ignition it does need 12vdc power but it doesn't use much. No significant draw on battery.
Wish I'd put it in my safari. I do have a gas/electric in my safari but it's pilot gas and the electric switch is on the back of the water heater, so not as convenient.
Produces plenty for sink use. (And showers even though you don't have that)
From a previous post I made.
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Unless you really want a tankless heater (there are pros and cons), your options are either Atwood or Suburban.

Either is available in pilot or electronic ignition, and either has an optional electric element. Costs are similar. Suburban uses porcelain coated steel with an anode. Atwood is somewhat lighter weight and uses an aluminum clad steel tank. Quality and longevity are roughly comparable. I have an Atwood in my trailer. When the water heater in my truck camper goes out, I'll replace it with a Suburban because that's what will fit.

Your main concerns should be fit, exterior appearance, and location of fittings. Nothing will exactly match the Bowen, but you want to keep modifications to a minimum. I believe there have been some successful installs where the original Bowen door was kept, and you could search for threads and photos on these.
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I installed and like the 6 gallon Atwood. I got and like the auto ignite. I also got the electric heater but never use it.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:09 AM   #6
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I have the electric. The two benefits are that it is quieter and it saves propane. I don't care so much about the dollar cost of propane as I do the hassle of getting a cylinder refilled at an inconvenient point in the trip. On a road trip you can usually find a place that will fill propane for you, but if you're staying for a week or more in one place, you can get stuck.

The fact that the gas grill market has pretty much switched over to exchanging cylinders rather than filling them has made the situation much worse for RVs.

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