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Old 04-21-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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Atwood water heater access

Can any one tell me how to access water heater hook ups in a 2003 Tradewinds LTC. I do not find any pipes/wires in the engine compartment nor do I see access panels in the closet. If I pull the heater part way out, will I gain access to these items?
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if a may ask ,, what do u need to do to the w/h hookups ?? Do u mean the heater for the rv or the w/h for the plumbing ???
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My Attwood has an access plate on the bottom. Its hard to see because of the undercoating.

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My Attwood has an access plate on the bottom. Its hard to see because of the undercoating.

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Mine is the same as Cliffs access panel under water heater with a hinged door, easy to get to on ours.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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2003 Tradewinds LTC Atwood water heater R&R

Thank you for your responses.Unfortunatly I do not find any access doors.The structure around the unit in the engine compartment is welded solid steel. The compartment under the heater houses the inverter,main switches and fuse bar.The roof of this compartment is solid. There has got to be access to the water hook ups or a method of gaining access.I do not want to start removing closet panels or built in cabinets.Has anyone out there performed this task or seen it done?
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I need to remove and replace the water heater.The old one is leaking.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #7
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Ours has a removable panel in the closet floor above the water heater
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It should be easy to remove from the side of the coach. You will have to remove the door cover and some screws. Then you should be able to put it out. Watch for the hook ups. usually they are in the back, so you have have to access it from inside the coach. I have a pacifica 2007 and there are two vent panels that give you access to the power and water connection. I hope this helps.
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Atwood water heater R&R 2003 Tradewinds LTC

Thanks to all who replied.Access to the unit was gained through the floor of the bottom shelf of the closet. Due to a upgrade by Atwood you now have to install another 12 volt switch to activate the thermostat when heating in the electric mode.Without this switch the electric side or the heater will not work.The propane mode remaines the the same as the old unit.A 4th white wire has been added for the extra switch.The heater is a GC10A-4E 10 gal DSI unit.I got this info from Atwood tech services.They appoligized for the inconvience and said it was upgraded mainly new instalations.
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good to hear ,, I have seen some that have the switch in the outside area ,, u know where the vent panel is ,, it is near the regulator ,, why they put it outside ,, is beyond me
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