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Old 01-08-2014, 09:45 PM   #21
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marine ones from Sigma will last a long time.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:00 AM   #22
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Uh oh, sounds like you tried to remove it from the front of your panel. Should have pulled the panel and pinched the tabs on the back of the switch to push out front. They are like any other automotive switch. Now you don't have to remove your panel to install the new. Hook up and push in opening from panel front.
Yup, was being lazy not wanting to remove the 6 screws which I ended up having to remove anyway.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:18 PM   #23
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I also just used the arctic pack for the first time last night in Nashville. With the holes drilled in the bottom of the heater floor vents over the holding tanks and the heating pads on, I registered a steady 37 degrees with the temperature in Nashville at around 20. The only issue is it does use more propane, but I added a tee for outside 20 LB tanks which is working great. Between that system and my PIRIT hose, I did not have any freeze ups in my water or tanks.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:22 PM   #24
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It got so cold here last week that the oil filled heater could not keep up with the negative temps. The inside thermometer stopped registering at 0....I hope the fridge lines didn't crack...we'll see.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:02 PM   #25
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The Arctic Pack on our 02 Georgetown only heats the two waste tanks. According to the manufacturer's brochure, the non-adjustable thermostats embedded in the heating pads turn on as the temperature sensed through the tank wall drops below 40F.

The thermostats then keep the heat on until the contents get to 64F. The elements (two per tank) draw 7 amps each at 12 volts. Personally, I don't want to draw 28 amps out of my house batteries to heat the sewage up to 64 degrees.

Since we only stay at FHU campgrounds, don't venture out before spring and put the rig away before winter, I disconnected the system.

IMHO, it's one of the dumbest systems foisted off on the RV community.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:23 PM   #26
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The Artic Pak on my 2005 heats the fresh water tank as well as the waste tanks. It also has heat tapes on the grey water discharge. Those are all I have seen but suspect there are more.

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Old 01-17-2014, 04:40 PM   #27
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As far as I've seen, in ours, the arctic pack just heats the black and gray holding tanks. The fresh water tank is heated by a heater vent in an insulated compartment.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:45 PM   #28
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on our 378XL the artic pack heats the fresh water, black and grey tanks and also has the elbows heater by the valves. They say the water dispenser is connected to it also to stop the valve behind the fridge from freezing.
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If the heating pads keep the waste lines from freezing - something they are designed to do - its a good thing. As for heating the contents to 60-odd degrees...that ain't happening, whether the brochure says it or not.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:11 PM   #30
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Mike:

Since we never use the rig if the temp is going to be below 40F overnight, and it's parked at home with everything drained in the off-season, I disconnected the Arctic Pack system. I figured that if the FR label makers couldn't even spell "Arctic" (it reads "Artic Pack") I didn't want to use it! To a Brit like me, an "artic" is an 18-wheeler, short for "articulated lorry".
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