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Old 05-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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My husband purchased a 1971 Winnebago Indian. I believe it was a great deal, but now I am scratching my head at some of the issues. We have camped in it a few times now...great to not have bugs, leaks, the fridge is cold, etc.

He took the hot water tank out as the previous owner stated that it had a pin hole leak. It tried to fix this and it still leaks. We hooked the water up for the first time and there were three leaks in the rig, one under the kitchen sink, one close to the shower, and the last one I got hosed in the face with when i opened the cupboard under the sink. Needless to say we shut the water off, and will try and fix the leak next weekend.

Has anyone replaced the original hot water heater with another type, such as on demand? We have a seasonal sight that includes electricity so I am thinking that would be the most economical. Also is there a way to bypass the hot water so that we can still use the toilet, and I can still do some dishes?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Greetings,

My husband purchased a 1971 Winnebago Indian. I believe it was a great deal, but now I am scratching my head at some of the issues. We have camped in it a few times now...great to not have bugs, leaks, the fridge is cold, etc.

He took the hot water tank out as the previous owner stated that it had a pin hole leak. It tried to fix this and it still leaks. We hooked the water up for the first time and there were three leaks in the rig, one under the kitchen sink, one close to the shower, and the last one I got hosed in the face with when i opened the cupboard under the sink. Needless to say we shut the water off, and will try and fix the leak next weekend.

Has anyone replaced the original hot water heater with another type, such as on demand? We have a seasonal sight that includes electricity so I am thinking that would be the most economical. Also is there a way to bypass the hot water so that we can still use the toilet, and I can still do some dishes?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
The Andrew Family in Hibbing, MN.
Parents of two goalies and a Winnebago!

My 86 winnie has 2 valves on the back where the water goes in that can be turned to bypass the hot water tank when you winterize it. They turn 1/4 turn to bypass and 1/2 turn to run though the tank. As far as the on demand heater they take alot of electric and I think they are 220volt which I doubt you have in a 71 winnie.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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When you say "on the back" do you mean back side of the hot water tank? I haven't really looked that close at mine, since I've only had it a few weeks. Just curious. Thanks for your clarification.
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When you say "on the back" do you mean back side of the hot water tank? I haven't really looked that close at mine, since I've only had it a few weeks. Just curious. Thanks for your clarification.

Yes mine is under my bed on the backside of the hotwater tank where the lines go into the tank. They put the bypasses on there so when you put anti-freeze in your system for winter storage it won't go into your hotwater tank. Otherwise you would have to put 6-10 gals of anti-freeze in to winterize. This way you just pull the plug on the outside of the tank and drain the water out so it doesn't freeze and the anti-freeze takes care of the rest of the system.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. I'm sure you'll find the answers here to your questions. Hope all goes well and you get those leaks stopped and the H/W heater replaced. Have a great rving season.
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