Does anyone know where I can get replacement plugs for my Scamp hot water heater? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-31-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where I can get replacement plugs for my Scamp hot water heater?

Scamp video says use 7/8" socket wrench to remove this plug, but my 7/8" wrench doesn't work -- slightly too small to fit head. Is the plug itself 7/8"?

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Old 10-31-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Scamp video says use 7/8" socket wrench to remove this plug, but my 7/8" wrench doesn't work -- slightly too small to fit head. Is the plug itself 7/8"?

thx. Sharon
Sharon, if you have a 23mm wrench, you could give it a try. It is slightly bigger than 7/8.

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Old 10-31-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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Oh Sharon you have a common problem showing up on trailers all over America! or at least three of my camping buddies. LOL

The problem is as suggested is due to different sized nut/heads on the plugs - especially if the plug has been replaced at any time. Different manufactures make them in different sizes some metric some inches and if I am not mistaken there at least two different nut/head sizes in inches found on out trailers now.
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I btw gave up on packing a special sock wrench to do the job but picked up a tire iron that had 4 different size lugs ends on it - one works for the trailer wheels and the other for the heater plug. The ultimate multi tasking tool for a small trailer that earns the space it takes up.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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thx folks. Carol, what SIZE would you replace your plug with if you needed a new one? It seems Atwood's most popular plug size is 1/2". Is the size of the plug "supposedly" the same size as the tool needed to remove it? I can't find any 7/8" plugs anywhere online.

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Do you need a new plug or a new wrench? I just grabbed the hex-head with my vise grip and gave it a twirl to loosen it. I then used my fingers to unscrew it the rest of the way. Reverse the process to put the plug back in.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:21 PM   #7
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Gary, BOTH. The PO chewed up the nylon plug head with God knows what tool he used to remove it. He's a cop, so maybe he shot it.
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thx folks. Carol, what SIZE would you replace your plug with if you needed a new one? It seems Atwood's most popular plug size is 1/2". Is the size of the plug "supposedly" the same size as the tool needed to remove it? I can't find any 7/8" plugs anywhere online.

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Well I'm not near the trailer to pull mine out to measure it but I am pretty sure mine is a 1/2" plug as well. Its the head/nut the you screw off that seems to be of slightly different sizes of late not the plug itself ...... although the actual plug part may be 1/2" the head/nut may not be as Scamp mentions 7/8" which is why the PO may have stripped the head trying to get it off.
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BTW when you buy a new one buy yourself a couple of replacements - they are pretty cheap and can be found at pretty well any RV shop. They tend to go flying off into outer space never to be found if the water is still a little warm when you go to drain them, even if you remember to let the pressure off the tank first.

Then take your new plugs to the hardware store to find the socket that fits them well - you will need an extension for the socket wrench as well - which is why I also rather like my multi purpose tire iron for the job. Spent a Saturday after noon recently looking for the right fit socket for the plug out of a friends new to them trailer recently - we have the same hot water tank but the head on the plug was a different size than mine and the others camping with us had a different size again.... kind of weird.
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7/8" didn't fit mine either...what fit perfectly was a 15/16" deep socket. Just checked online and they all seem to say 1/2". I don't know why Scamp calls it 7/8 because it isn't...now I'm nervous for when mine goes flying off into outer space, as I can see that happening! Also, one poor turn on the socket and I can also see those nylon threads stripping...ugh
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Yes, I also agree with the other posts. The hex head is probably the 15/16", while the nylon "bolt" part that screws in must be 1/2"...that would be all that makes sense. Just saw a 2 pack of nylon replacement Atwood plugs for $6.79 on Ebay, listed as 1/2". Again, must be the "bolt" part. I had a bee-u-tee-ful fit with the 15/16" deep socket.
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7/8" didn't fit mine either...what fit perfectly was a 15/16" deep socket. Just checked online and they all seem to say 1/2". I don't know why Scamp calls it 7/8 because it isn't...
Well Scamp doesnt make the water heaters and may not realize the head size has changed a little on the plug ...... put as I said you can find a number of different head sizes on a 1/2" replacement plug these days.
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I'm sorry. Was just trying to help.
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1/2" would refer to pipe thread size, which is not the actual diameter measurement.
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