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Old 04-04-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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Replacement Options for Girard Tankless WH

I have a 2014 Jayco Greyhawk 31FS. The Girard tankless water heater has completely failed and I need to replace it. Is there a 6 gallon water heater that would fit in the same location as my current Girard GSWH-1M? Is it easy to swap out or would it take a lot of modification to my RV?
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:16 PM   #2
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I looked into this once before, but decided to keep my Girard for the time being.

I didn't keep my notes from that research, but the lynch pin is the exterior opening and the internal cavity needed for it. My dealership said that nothing would fit, but I don't feel that is 100% true.
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:56 AM   #3
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I replaced mine with a Suburban SW6DE. This water heater will fit without any mod to the exterior opening. You'll have to look around for 115VAC wiring to supply the electric side of the water heater. On my MV there was a bundle of wires fairly close by so I figured out which wire fed what circuit and chose to use the inverter 115VAC. You'll also have to decide where to put switches for the 115VAC and the propane and then fish those wires in. You'll also have to make some minor mods to the propane and plumbing to make it work.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:41 PM   #4
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schristley, if you are still within warranty see if Jayco will pay for the w/h replace. They paid for mine.
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Don, I had a shop do an estimate for me to replace my crappy tankless water heater. They said something about having to do something with the propane line, which seamed to make it costly. Does that make sense to you and did you do the work yourself?
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I didn't do it myself but the installer said nothing about adapting propane being a problem.

As far as cost, they charged me $1250 but I got the shaft. The water heater can be had at Amazon for around $350 (they charged me $600) and then $600 for the install. I know I could have done better elsewhere.

Sounds like you need to go elsewhere and get another assessment of the situation.
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We just got our Greyhawk back from the dealer last Friday. After several calls to Jayco by our dealer and one from me, they finally authorized a replacement. We now have a 6-gallon Suburban SW6DE. At least for our 31FK, there was no cutting required. We will be taking it on its first outing in two weeks and are looking forward to less troublesome showers!
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Nice going NC! I should have been more patient in replacing mine and gotten it financed by Jayco. Guess I hated it enough to just "get er done".
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The Girard had always been touchy, but after the last two trips where it would randomly fail to lite (frequently for the rinse phase of a shower), we were done with it. It was going to be replaced --- period.
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If these are so finicky why did Jayco add them as an option for 2017 TT's?
It does say generation 3...maybe better?
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