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Old 07-14-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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black tank/water heater repair questions

Well, I just purchased the tow vehicle for the 1965 Overlander. Now, when I get a chance to retrieve the trailer (half a country away), it is going directly to the shop for an AC installation and other fixer-uppers. I think the shop is a good shop--but being a novice, I could be completely taken advantage of and probably not even know it . Now, the questions. The previous owner had the black water tank removed (reason-unknown), so this will need to be done. Being a newbie, I know nothing about black water tanks (other than the stink factor!). should i just have the repair shop purchase one for the install or should I shop around? What am I talking about in terms of price for the tank itself? Second question, the 65 comes with the original Bowen 9 gallon water heater. Seller indicated that the water heater did work upon a "heat test", but that he would recommend replacing the pilot assembly. Is this reasonable or should the water heater be repalced for safety reasons. What brand is recommended, will I be able to find a heater with a 9 gallon capacity, what is a reasonable cost for a replacement water heater (if necessary)?

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Old 07-14-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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Follow some of THIS MEMBER’S threads.

He accomplished a Great restoration, and a black tank renewal is addressed within his posts. Go to his profile and click on:
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Or if the above are HOT then click on them.
For Pictures of a custom built tank, HERE

There are some excellent threads on the hot water heater and it's operating components, although I can't think of one at this time. From my reading this Forum, the Bowen seems to be quite a fixable unit if the tank is not blown-out.

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Old 07-14-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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Hi Kathy,
I have a '65 Overlander as well. Fortunately, our black water tank was in good condition as the only place I've seen a replacement online was Inland RV and they are $445. I dunno if our original Bowen hot water tank worked, but I replaced it with a 6 gallon Atwood with the electronic ignition. It was about $300 if memory serves me right. I ran a switch inside the bathroom for the hot water tank. Just flip it on and the heater lights itself and we have hot water in 20 min. or so. If you decide to keep the Bowen and need some parts, let me know. Our old one is around here somewhere and still intact. Post some pics when you get it home! --dave
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