Here's a new one I've never encountered. Found out today that the gas water heater is leaking, the interesting thing is that the intake is on the side of the tank, about 18" from the bottom, while the outlet is still on the top of the tank. One piece of info that may have bearing here is that this is a trailer, manufactured home if you must be politically correct.
The question I put out to the plumbing pros is this, can I install a standard top inlet/outlet tank or do I somehow have to find a side inlet tank?
The next question is, if I use a standard top inlet/outlet tank, what is going to be the easiest means of extending the plastic inlet side pipe. Normally, I'd say it was pex, but since this is a trailer, odds are that it is anything BUT pex, and it is not likely an industry standard size, but some stupid ass trailer manufacturer size. What I'm tempted to do is just extend the copper flex connection with another long flex connection that is a standard size. My other option would be to have my plumber come extend the pipe and let him deal with any irregularities between industry standard sized pex and whatever this crap is in this trailer.