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Old 08-31-2017, 10:01 PM   #1
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I need to remove the Suburban gas water heater on my 1996 PleasureWay MPL. I can handle everything except---how do I remove the outer trim ring that the door hinges on ? It seems to have been glued or caulked to an excess to adhere it to the van. I removed the 3 long screws securing the ring to the heater--but can't get the trim ring to budge.
Anyone have experience in actually doing this ?
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:06 PM   #2
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Yours seems different than mine. Mine had like 11 large screws holding the outer ring/flange & door combo. I used that same flange / door when I replaced my water heater as the new Suburban heater didn't come with either.

You could try using a plastic putty knife to try to carefully break the caulk seal. That shouldn't mar the paint.
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Thank you for the reply.
The amount of gasket and caulk led me to a different possibility.
It is possible the heater comes out on the inside ! It is completely accessible under the bench/bed framework. It does seem to have enough room.
Anyone else have ideas ?
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I had to take mine out from the inside because the hole cut in the van panel wasn't large enough to pull it through.
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My experience was like Marco's. The appliance came out into the inside of the RV. The door remained attached to the wall.
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Well, it seems Marcopolo and eric were right on the money. I removed the anode rod and the pressure relief valve as well as the gas line and the reset wiring--then used a pry bar to wedge the tank back to the inside of the van. The retaining collars on the tank nipple for the anode and the pressure relief valve were pretty much the only thing holding the tank to the mounting plate.
You can see by the pictures---I think I found the source of my water leak !!
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It is interesting seeing your water heater. Mine was different, the replacement looked like this:


The flange on the van stayed in place and the replacement water heater tightly fit over the flange. I caulked the seam.

My door is described as radius corner and yours would be flush mount.

This doc - http://docs.renegaderv.com/Suburban/...2005-18-11.pdf - might help.
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My last picture may be misleading. The caulking is so strong, I removed the tank assembly and controls to allow access to the sheet metal/flange that I still need to remove. It should be easy to pound/pry it inward to separate it from the "outer flange". My heater does look like the one in your picture.
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Is the heater that you removed a "Model V"? I'm just curious in case I ever have to replace one like that.
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I looked for some kind of identification--but couldn't find any. Do you know where they might put an ID on the suburban models ?
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