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Posted: 10/09/21 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, was at the beach last week and one of my friends suggested I should change out my Atwood 6-gal. water heater since it is 17 years old. It's working just fine, but, he feels it could be deteriorating on the inside and could start leaking/flooding the RV. Seems replacement is $375-$475 so not a lot of cost. Obviously, anything can wear out and start leaking, but, wondering if anyone has done this simply due to the age of the unit?

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2001 still going strong thankfully.


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If its an Atwood its aluminum and they last a long time.

I always have bad luck with inexpensive electronics and replace the boards so i dont get stuck while off grid.

I usually replace the OEM circuit boards in my rv appliances using Dinosaur boards which are very reliable. Keep the OEM board as a spare , just in case.

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I wouldn't replace a perfectly working water heater just because it's almost old enough to vote, either in an RV or a house. I do think it wise to turn off the water pump or campground spigot when away from the RV to prevent flooding in the event of a leak somewhere in the system.





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21 year old Atwood in my motorhome working fine.


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I agree that replacing it when it is working fine is not necessary.

My 1998 trailer has the original water heater and has had no problems.That's 23 years. My 1975 clipper had a new water heater installed at some point in its 46 year old lifetime. I don't expect to have to do so during my ownership.


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Thanks for the replies!!......yes, always have water pump OFF and rarely in a campground. Never hurts to verify with the RV elite on this site (always appreciated!!).

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larry cad wrote:

21 year old Atwood in my motorhome working fine.


Yep! Me too. I have a 21 year old 6 gallon gas/electric Atwood in mine and it's still working fine. All I've ever done is regularly clean the flue/burner/ignitor. IMO, the water heater is probably the most reliable appliance in my Class A. (so far)

That said, I've seen a lot of aging RV's with carbon/soot/burn marks up the exterior panel right over the water heater cover. Don't ignore regular maintenance especially if the heater is having trouble lighting or staying lit.

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2000 atwood here. use it all the time. i drain it every trip, 0 crud





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