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Old 10-22-2012
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Default I've Finally Completed Replumbing The FC

I started replumbing my 1979 FC XV a while ago but life happens and it was put on hold for awhile. So 2 moves, 3 jobs, and 1 newer PT later I am finally complete with it. Now it's time to sell this one and start updating the PT.

The PO had let the bird freeze and split the copper lines so I decided to replace it all with PEX plumbing. I ended up replacing everything in the water system while I was at it. This includes a tankless water heater, new pump, inline adjustable regulator with gauge, faucets, filter, etc.
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Tell a little about the tankless water heater. How does it work, how much $$, how hard to install? Thanks, Rick in Ohio
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Old 10-23-2012
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Tell a little about the tankless water heater. How does it work, how much $$, how hard to install? Thanks, Rick in Ohio
The water heater is a Precision Temp RV 500. The cost new is around $1000. I installed it where the ice maker was under the kitchen counter next to the sink (The DW said she would rather have endless hot water than frozen water).

The install is pretty straight forward. The hardest part on a Blue Bird is of course cutting through the skin. Where I installed it I had to also cut away some of the beltline trim (I will include pics). Then there are the water hookups, 12 volt electrical, and you will need to tap into a propane line. On my install I had the line for the stove running right above the heater so it was easy to T off of that.

On this bird the water system was shot when I got it so I was replacing the water heater anyway and this was only slightly more expensive than the Raritan heater. If I wasn't already replumbing the entire bus I probably would have went back to the Raritan as there is a lot of work in redoing the water lines to move the water heater up near the kitchen.

I haven't actually used the water heater yet so I can't comment on the efficiancy of the unit. I still have some work to do before the propane system is buttoned up so I can test it. I will report on how it works as soon as I find out.
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I guess if you are going to sell it, it won't make any difference to you, but the new owner might have a problem with your plumbers tape. There is no way that should be used on vibrating pipes. It will chafe and eventually wear a hole in the pipe. If you use something like that I would wrap the pipe in foam or something similar and then secure it with the tape or clamp. Just an observation. Otherwise it looks like a good job.
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Big job! Does this instant heater replace all of your other water heating options?
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Old 10-23-2012
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Thanks for the heads up on the plumbers tape issue, I hadn't thought of that. I have some pieces of fairly heavy rubber I will be using to address that issue today! I am selling it but am not willing to create a problem for someone else.

This water heater will replace the electric/engine coolant heated one. The only other water heating system retained would be the insta hot.
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