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Old 09-26-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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hot water tank

I have purchased a Forest River Surveyor hybrid 19 foot trailer, this unit is used and a 2004 model year.The hot water tank is cracked and i am wondering if this is a hard job to replace it?Also is there any recomendations on a new tank?
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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Opppppps sounds like someone forgot to drain it?
I helped a friend replace his and wasn't to bad.
He upgraded from a 6 gallon to a 10 but he had room to do so.
took about 2 Hrs. With normal hand tools
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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It would not be a hard mod on my hybrid because the HW tank can be accessed from above by pulling the flip sofa cushion up. Not sure about your trailer.

We find that 6gls is enough for us. We would certainly run out of HW if all 5 of us took showers one after the other.

Here's a little primer on water heaters.
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To replace the water tank, you have 2 water lines in the back that must be disconnected. You have a propane line, and the wiring for electric ignition. Most of them come out through the side wall, but you will need to access the rear to disconnect the plumbing.

Now if you change brands or models, things may not hook back up, and you will have to do some modifications, plumbing, gas, electric. Whatever you do, once replaced, make sure you turn the gas on, do not light the water heater. Use soapy water to check for leaks on all the connections you had apart. Not too bad a job if you are somewhat handy with tools, and don't have to do any modifications.

Take pictures as you go, and if you get lost, post pics and problems, and someone will help you out.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice
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