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Old 09-16-2019, 04:01 PM   #1
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Replacing Girard GSWH-1M water heater

I'm in the process of replacing this water heater.

Now, to anyone who has removed their water heater, are there any 'tricks' of getting to the back of this heater? I'm attaching photos so you can see the location of my heater in relation to the closet and bed. How easy is it to remove the bottom of my closet?

I'm not the smallest guy and don't want to lay on the floor and try to reach in to get to all of the 'connecting' items.

My signature line states what model of Berkshire I have.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:04 PM   #2
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I removed mine from the outside of the 5th wheel RV. The hoses and wires were long enough to do that.

Removed the exterior door/frame. Pushed the unit into the RV and turned it enough on the platform it sat on to gain access to the connections. Once disconnected, I rotated the unit to the installed position and then pulled it out of the RV
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:22 AM   #3
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So I did mine a yer or two ago ( 390BH) it removes from the outside. There are about 16 screws holding it in plus caulk that will require a putty knife to cut and get behind the trim ring to break it loose.


I went with a Truma and could not be happier.


When installing I used "Shark bite" fittings and valves to connect my new cpvc pipe to the existing pex type pipe.


My only suggestion is to replace all the valves and piping you can. I had mine in and out 5 times because of leaks. A big advantage of the shark bit fittings is they can be reused ( disassembled) unlike a crimp connection.


Good luck.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:00 AM   #4
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On mine the washer/dryer is above it so it wasn’t practical to try to come in from above. Some could be done from outside but there was no way to get away from laying on the floor and reaching in, at least on ours.
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