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Old 11-15-2015, 02:33 PM   #11
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Chillin this morning on our last trip of 2015 near the Smokies of Tenn.
It's below 30 out their so I switch on the Arctic PAC switch last night.
My understanding is I need liquid in tanks and we do.Also it has to get to a specific temp (not sure) and with switch on it will heat tanks as necessary
My question is will the little red light come on when it kicks on?
Basically how do I know it's working other than climbing under and feeling whether a pad is hot
Right now it's below 0 but the light is not on
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We do not have tank heaters. Because we want a four season system we are looking at all information about them. It sounds, based upon what other people are saying this though you can only have one of two conditions. Either the little red light on your switch is burned out or you're not getting any power to the pads. I would start by looking for the fuse then pull in the switch out and check in to see if I have voltage going through the switch and then you will know. The good news is, if it is 0 degrees and nothing is failing are breaking in your system, very possibly they are working. Good luck and please let us know the outcome
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:06 PM   #12
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Just a newbie here, but it seems to me a frozen/breaking water line is a bigger threat than a holding tank freezing. If it actually got cold enough to freeze a holding tank, I'm sure you would have bigger troubles with water lines. Is there any protection for them with these "arctic pac" systems?
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:27 PM   #13
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Depending on how your RV is built, on my Prism Motorhome the black and gray tanks are not warmed by the furnace air. All the other parts of the system stay warm and cozy as long as the furnace is operating. The valve to dump the tanks can also freeze up and there are heating pads available for the valve itself.
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #14
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Water lines don't have an issue if you are heating the unit (heat pump or furnace)
The arctic pac is to prevent freezing of the outside exposed tanks
Also your pump is protected cause some heat from the furnace is ducted to the pump area
I ended up not figuring out if the pads ever went on,cause we had to pack up and hit the road.
I'll research further but when I dumped there was no ice (hot shower water) but the black had no ice either
Light on toggle switch never came on and it ended up hitting 25* last night.
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The primary way to keep tanks and lines warm on a Sunseeker is the furnace. Some of the heated air is ducted into the enclosed underside where the tanks are. Also, there are air ducts blowing hot air on the water pump and filter, and the dump valves. Running the furnace is the best way to protect the water and waste systems. The Arctic pak heated pads on the black and gray tank bottoms are an additional measure to keep things from freezing. The switch is lighted when system is on. It does not "cycle" on and off, even though the heated pads do. If your switch is not lit when turned on, you have something wrong.


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Thanks that's what I was afraid of
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