The water heater on my '84 42' Double Cabin has failed. I purchased a new one, but the R & R is going to be difficult because the heater is located far on the port side, outside the Onan 8.0 kW (8.0 MDKD-3CR 1A). And the heater is 18 3/4" in diameter. The only way to do the exchange is to tip it on its side and slide it out over the back of the genset, AFTER the electrical box is removed. Anyway, this job is worse than I expected. I'm not sure how it is
going to work. The only thing I can see to do is to disconnect about a
hundred wires in the electrical box and remove the box. That is
what I had planned to do, but it is going to be harder than I thought.
I even measured other areas that might provide access such as removing the cooling system
from the port engine or cutting a hole in the sole. None of those will
work. I'm going to squeeze my way in there tomorrow and start testing (for
power), tagging, documenting and removing wires. Anyone have any thoughts on this project?
__________________ David M. Oates
42 Uniflite SE II, Adventure San Francisco Bay Area
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