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Old 12-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #85
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #86
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Great deal!

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OK, in the end, not too much of a price to pay. Only about 2 weeks worth of staying away from the pub


Great work on the attitude. No waiting until Spring wondering what damage etc. has been done.

Gotta love ebay, that price really took the edge off the damage.

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OK, in the end, not too much of a price to pay. Only about 2 weeks worth of staying away from the pub

Great work on the attitude. No waiting until Spring wondering what damage etc. has been done.

Gotta love ebay, that price really took the edge off the damage.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #89
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OK, in the end, not too much of a price to pay. Only about 2 weeks worth of staying away from the pub
Well, I guess today will be my first day of those 2 weeks then, since I felt so good about finding an affordable solution for the water heater that I ended up at the pub yesterday!

What I could not help but notice is that of the MANY Atwood tanks on eBay, the ONLY one that was exceptionally low priced (comparatively) was exactly the model number I needed... even an Agnostic Extremist (I think I'm the only one) such as myself does wonder sometimes if there's not somebody looking out for me...

The tank is unused, and comes with quite a few washers and I think two brass fittings... so as long as I pay attention to the disassembly, putting it all back together correctly should not be too difficult.

Since I don't have a rivet gun, and may never need one again, I am thinking about installing some 1" x 2" wood around the inside of the water heater opening... then I could use some stainless steel screws in place of rivets. Would make the next removal even easier. Or maybe bolts with washers and Nyloc nuts would be even better. No need for wood then. The only problem might be reaching the bolts/nuts along the bottom edge once the water heater is reinstalled. Any ideas/experience with not using rivets?

Also, there are so many different types of soft sealants, what is the best stuff to apply along the edges of the water heater "housing" when I reattach it to the fiberglass?

My mind just can't stop pondering all the potential modifications... nice little stereo system, 60" HDTV, screen porch... and since the Scamp is so light, I'm even wondering about installing a chopper prop system on the roof, and devising some way of "releasing" the egg from the metal trailer for take off... I think it would legally fit into the category of an "ultralight"...

I'd better study about how to post some photos on this forum.
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Screws would work into the wood frame and use butyl tape/putty around perimeter.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #91
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I think you would be better off using rivets rather than wood and screws. You can pick up a rivet gun pretty cheap. Harbor Freight for example has a number of types and one of them is on sale of $4.99. If you are going to own the new to you Scamp for more than a month or two I am pretty sure you will find a need for the rivet gun again in the not to distant future.
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If you are going to own the new to you Scamp for more than a month or two I am pretty sure you will find a need for the rivet gun again in the not to distant future.
First of all, that is an excellent point. And secondly, once you actually get your hands on a good Scamp, is it even POSSIBLE to let it go?

Anyway, I just thought I'd update my scenario... my eBay Atwood tank arrived, and I finally grabbed a wrench, thinking I'd get everything switched over in less than a half an hour... BUT, it seems it might be a bit trickier than I was thinking...

Has anybody swapped tanks on one of these Atwood water heaters, and if so, can you offer your best tips? It's not rocket science, but I suspect there is a best method, and that's what I'm looking for... thanks.
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