Originally Posted by TXScamper
I'm in the middle of renovating our Scamp
19'. We have taken out all the dinette, water, electrical
box and cabinetry. I'm looking at my water heater and the exterior access has a hole rusted clean through about an inch across. Is the "flange" that connects the heater to the trailer a replaceable part or is it time for a whole new unit? It looks like I can replace the whole unit from the outside of the trailer. Is there any reason why I should do it NOW while the cabinets are out? Can I patch it and replace it later? We have a 2000 19 deluxe. Gas only, no electirc ingnition or electric heating, I'm assuming it is the same as what they are still putting in it today. Atwood G6A-7. I'm not opposed to replacing it but if it is just a matter of replacing the flange that'd be great.
An old hot water heater is a problem waiting to happen. 18 years is way beyond expectations for one to last. I'd replace it while you are making your trailer nicer. After all if it leaks
it could damage your improvements. Replace with an electric ignition and electric heat. You will be glad you did. We did that and it was simple to put in the switch which we did by the sink. But you can do it anywhere you want that is easy to access. When hooked to shore power use the electric heat part and when dry camping
you can use the electronic ignition to light
the heater. You'll never have to go out in the rain or bad weather to light
the heater again. Just remember to always turn off the electric switch when unhooking shore power so if you hook up without water in it for any reason you won't burn it up. Our practice is to turn the switch off every time we unplug.