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Old 09-15-2019, 04:22 PM   #1
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Holding tank locations on 18 endurance 3456g

I am interested in installing heating pads on my holding tanks, black & 2 grey tanks. Anybody know if the fresh water tank needs to be done as well? I have heard some are located in a heated or insulated space. I DID NOT ANTICIPATE NEEDING A 4 SEASON CAMPER, ANY FEEDBACK IS WELCOME
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:32 PM   #2
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I am interested in installing heating pads on my holding tanks, black & 2 grey tanks. Anybody know if the fresh water tank needs to be done as well? I have heard some are located in a heated or insulated space. I DID NOT ANTICIPATE NEEDING A 4 SEASON CAMPER, ANY FEEDBACK IS WELCOME
Hello Johnny. From my experience, the "heated" area in an RV belly is not worth anything. If you are going to put pads on, I would recommend ALL the tanks. BUT, remember that the sewer hose will freeze also and there is nothing you can do about that-heater wise except to shut the valves off and hope they don't leak.

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PS: You are located in an area that freezes so I would think that you should be concerned about water pipes freezing (and they do)

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PS: You are located in an area that freezes so I would think that you should be concerned about water pipes freezing (and they do)

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Old 09-19-2019, 03:39 AM   #5
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I am not sure what you want to do with the TT. Do you want to use it in freezing weather, or just store it in freezing weather? Check your TT manual. All plumbing needs to be winterized when temps drop below 32 deg F.

Pipes, fittings, and valves under the floor are going to suffer freeze damage even if you have heat on inside the TT. PEC tubing can resist freeze damage, but fittings and valve are not likely to survive. If heat is not on, pumps, fittings, valves, and fixtures will all freeze.

Tank heaters in an open underbelly may or may not protect tanks. They will not protect the rest.

It is possible to wrap all pipes and things in heat tape and insulation. This would be a major operation with attention to detail and no slipups. Inside of TT must be heated all the time. All heat tapes must be active all the time. Shore power must be on all the time. Towing at 60 mph may cause freezing even with heat tape and batteries will not last long.
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