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Old 07-07-2019
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The water heater is leaking in our 1987 PT38.

I disconnect the water heater before attempting to remove the drivers half of the back wall. It will fit through the cabinet opening. Problem is I can not lift the water heater high enough to get it through the cabinet opening.

Now, I'm trying to remove the back wall, drivers side. ALL the cabinet doors, platforms, sides, etc. are out to the center (the split between the two sections) of the wall. ALL the 90* bracket screws are out to the center of the wall. The 3rd glass door is out. Before i take a hammer to nudge the wall, I'm checking with the brain trust that have accomplished the removal. TIA
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Curt I feel your pain.

Here is a WOG link that may have some tips. John Hall may have some more to say on the water heater removal.

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...?t=5865&page=2
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Curt,
Try this thread, it even has pictures.

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...ad.php?t=20960
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My '87 PT40 has a solid (queen-size) headboard and a flip-up mirror. I was able to strip the square outer jacket off while it was still in the enclosure. Then it was possible to lift the old tank out through the opening.

You're planning to replace it with a smaller 6-gallon model to avoid this in the future?

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My '87 PT40 has a solid (queen-size) headboard and a flip-up mirror. I was able to strip the square outer jacket off while it was still in the enclosure. Then it was possible to lift the old tank out through the opening.

You're planning to replace it with a smaller 6-gallon model to avoid this in the future?

--M.R.Kane
1987 PT40 'Sleipnir'
currently Iron River, MI
Ordered the Kumma 11812 6-gallon today.
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After removing the wall below the water heater cabinet door, it was easy to extract the water heater. Will make something to hide the cuts...they will be hid anyway with the thick mattress/cover and all the pillows Betty puts on the bed.
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The new water heater is installed. The Versa Valve was eliminated. The faucet water flow is better than ever since we've owned the coach.
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Not the best write up...but better than none. I captured notes for several years in case our water heater need to come out. It finally happened.

1987 PT38 R&R Water Heater
Versa Valve…VPS-3302-155-210
Seal Kit…3301-155 VSW-3301-WS

Cabinet(s)…
Removed glass door, light fixture push button (let it hang by wire), rear/upper 90 cover, drivers wall, floor.

Old Water Heater…
Measured glass door opening. I found if I remove the electric heater/board (that is located between the water heater and glass door) the water heater can (could) be raised up to the point of getting it out through the glass door opening. “Could”…junk in the water made it weigh more than I could lift up reaching in. I did not disconnect the heater and control wiring, just kept them out of the way.

Shut power and water off to water heater, electric heater, etc. Cut the zip ties so heater can be removed.

Drain water heater…

Disconnect all water connections. Remove hold down screws at base of water heater.

I drew a vertical line at each corner of the opening down to the bed floor. Stapled up each side of the line. Followed the lines with a Sawzall (fine tooth blade). Made for easy heater removal.

New Water Heater…
Buy, or make, a tray for the new water to sit in, with a drain hose fitting, and hose going through the floor. I did not do this one.

Kuuma 11810, 11811, 11812 - Ordered the 11812 six-gallon water heater with motor aid connections at the rear, same configuration as old heater…eleven-gallon is overkill.

Could ordered 190* bypass switch part # 90037, a hi-temp by pass and you don't have that chore of getting in there and find the reset button. Will know about needing this after using the heater a few times.

Versa-Valve…
Remove internal parts and reuse shell. WASTE OF TIME. Tossed it.
Plug the winterize air blow out plastic line, and the small copper Versa Valve line.

Install the six-gallon (or eleven-gallon) water heater…

I ordered ½” "DERPIPE Silicone Tubing to replace the hot water line. It’s ¾” OD. High temp above 400 degrees. Will replace the hot water out line with this. https://www.amazon.com/DERPIPE-Silic.../dp/B07PGT81BP

Buy fitting to adapt the above hose. Home Depot had them.

Made two aluminum plates to span across the two Sawzall cuts…drill a few holes in the plates…and put everything back together.

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