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Old 06-12-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Need some advice on water heaters

We are almost finished with our restoration of a 64 globetrotter. Now we need a new water heater. Pretty sure ours is original and have no idea if it works let alone if it's safe. Any reccomendations on a new unit would be very helpful! Thanks!

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Old 06-12-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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The only ones I see in Airstreams these days are the Atwood models. Bowen used to make them for Airstream too, but Atwood bought Bowen.

The 6-gallon one should be a good fit in your trailer. Then, you will need to decide if you get one that you can turn on from inside the trailer from a switch, or one that requires you to go outside, open the hatch, and light the pilot.

The manual pilot light one is, of course, substantially cheaper and simpler (no board containing the more advanced circuitry of the remote start one), and that's what I bought a year ago to replace our leaky one.

If I were to do it again today I would get the remote start one though...

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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We sprung for the electric start unit... very handy, esp. in the rain.
Check the cut-out size needed; you may need to patch the hole smaller....

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Old 06-12-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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I agree get the electronic start unit.
I bought mine in 2008 from Palomino parts cheap, they will ship.

Palomino Parts: 1047 E M86 - Colon, MI 49040 - 800 297 5830
Suburban NT22SP furnace and an Atwood G6A-8E-6 water heater for $508.80 total

Modify the old cover to fit the new water heater, there are posts here on how to do it. Looks much better that way.
Parts needed: Fan for roof vent or whole vent fan assembly, vented catalytic heater.
My blog for the 1975 Tradewind restoration, Has not been updated in a while but I am still working on it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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I replaced my Bowen with an Atwood manual pilot. After one season, I replaced that with the combo gas / electric auto light. I really like having the electric to use when we have hook-ups to save gas.

I originally thought that the basic unit was an equal exchange for the original Bowen. But, I learned that convenience is more important than originality.
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