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Old 11-03-2015, 04:36 AM   #1
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Replacing hot water tank

My 22ft Prowler [1994] was not winterized and one result was a burst water tank. I.ll be leaving it at our local dealer for storage and repair over the coming winter. He says a used tank will be about $300 then there is the cost of installation. If anyone has gone through this procedure I would sure like to hear the details including cost.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:45 AM   #2
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This lady i know found and a 6gallon gas/electric brand new the whole unit for a little less then 300 on Amazon. Also to change water heater is easy if you want to save the installation cost


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Old 11-03-2015, 06:15 AM   #3
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Remove and disassemble the unit. Usually an aluminum tank will split on the side with a big vertical smile. If so, it can be pushed back to close and aluminum welded by a good welder to be like new at little cost other than your time to reassemble.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:28 AM   #4
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If the rest of the water heater is good I'd remove it and replace the tank with a brand new tank and put the heater back in.
I did this on my previous Class C MH and it took a total of about two hours and I wasn't in any hurry. I bought the replacement tank from an RV supply store from their catalog and the tank was genuine Atwood for my six gallon heater. It fit perfectly and the instructions were clear and accurate.
A word of warning! Be aware there are some "clone" heaters on various internet sites. I bought one of these and while the cosmetic appearance was similar to the Atwood unit is was a spin off and cheaply built. I sent it back and got my money returned in full.
Check on "You Tube" for a video of changing the tank. I'd prefer this to installing a used heater you know nothing about.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:49 AM   #5
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take it out and have it welded, SIMPLE. My son had the same problem.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:06 PM   #6
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If you weld the unit you will create a weak spot around the weld. Water heaters are available from any number of online sources and both Dometic and Suburban are not that expensive. The replacement procedure is pretty simple. Buy a new one and replace it rather than fix the old and hoping it won't fail.
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Never seen a Dometic WH but ok.

Atwood units are expensive, and the tank can be replaced on those. Usually, on a Suburban WH, the tank can't be. But they are a lot cheaper too.
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Old 11-05-2015, 05:31 AM   #8
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Thanks for advice....it seems about 50/50 for replacement or repair for my ATWOOD heater tank. Checked online and installation is beyond my capability. So looks like I'm at the mercy of dealer at $105 hr......
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:24 AM   #9
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To change a tank I would think it'd be about 2hrs, maybe 2.5.
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Never seen a Dometic WH but ok.

Atwood units are expensive, and the tank can be replaced on those. Usually, on a Suburban WH, the tank can't be. But they are a lot cheaper too.
Guess I had a senior moment. I was thinking about a Dometic issue with my daughters trailer that I'm working on.
Replacing the water heater is still my suggestion. If you replace with the same make and model it should be a relatively simple swap. A couple of water connections and electrical and one propane connection but nothing that the average DIY can't do. Digital camera to take pictures before removal and also during the stages of removal. Makes it easier if you're not that comfortable.
Be sure to check propane connection for leaks after install.
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Save a little money and do the removal yourself maybe? Or is it a book charge and they won't reduce it?
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Good time to consider a 10gal tank.
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Good time to consider a 10gal tank.
Then you have to cut stud work, and add studs, and do an extra hour or so of work.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:27 AM   #14
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We don't have a problem with our wh, but we're planning to replace it with a tank less wh, anyone have experience with those?
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