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Hello all. I have a Lance 08 1055 and I want to reinforce the front jack mounting. I found a web page on "The Lance owners of America" forums. It was posted under the name "fast5". On his web page he had several good things he did to his camper. One of the blogs was his repairing the front jacks on a Lance 1010. It was a great idea and seemed very strong. On my 1055 passenger side it will be easy as there is a storage compartment right there and the existing angle bracket is easy to access. The driver side needs the Atwood water heater removed to access the existing angle bracket.
My question is "how to remove the water heater"
Thanks Happy camping nm1oqrz

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Posted: 03/10/12 11:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Without a "blue print" I would take pictures with a digital camera of each and every step of the removal. Once your job is complete, reassemble and refer to your photos as required. Best of luck!


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Other than water, gas and electrical lines it should be straight foreword. Start by taking everything I already mentioned apart. Then with the door off, look for a series of screws. Take them out and the heater should pull straight out. Be sure you have a roll of putty tape for the reinstall.


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Posted: 03/10/12 01:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi: As mentioned above, disconnect water,gas and electric. There is a bunch of screws holding the tank from the outside, remove them. You will think that there is more screws somewhere but all it will be is the butyl tape putty holding the tank in. You will have to gently pry the tank out to brake the suction of the butyl tape. If you have any more questions you can pm me here or on LOA.
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Posted: 03/10/12 03:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pretty straightforward as folks have mentioned.

Not to insult, but remember the obvious... drain it first. In fact, I drained my whole system rather than depend on the valves on either side of the WH.

The more difficult part for me was reaching in to unfasten the hose fitting connections pieces.

The other piece of advice I offer is to have an assistant turn on the water so that they can IMMEDIATELY turn it off should there be a leak when you re-install. A LOT of water can find it way into the camper during an 8 second dash to get back to the spigot when a leak is discovered (don't ask me how I know that...LOL)


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