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Old 09-23-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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heated tanks questions

2702SS on order with heated tanks. I really don't know what I am dealing with? I am trading up to say from a pop up to a travel trailer.

Anyway I have no idea what to expect with actual grey and black water tanks and on top of that what does it mean to have heated tanks?

I live in Kansas and would like to think we would tr to expand our camping time with this new trailer.

With heated tanks can I keep the trailer plugged in and have the tanks stay heated? Or would it be best just to leave it winterized?


How hard and what will be involved in winterizing this trailer?

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Your heated tanks have what is referred to as “Heat Tape” on the bottoms of the tanks.
Basically its adhesive tape with a heating element. They are A/C powered by switches in your TT.
They are not meant to be used while in storage but to extend your camping season in cold environments.

You need to always keep a couple gals of water in the tanks if you have the heaters turned on or the element will burn out.
The heated tanks plus a center ducted heating system will allow you to extend you season through Dec. Here in PA Jan & Feb are just a little too cold.

As for winterizing, each model line has its own little process. The principals are the same model to model but each model has its own fresh water handling system. You need to learn your units ins & outs.
If you don’t have a water heater bypass get to lowes or HD & pick up the parts needed or go to your dealer. They have premade kits.
If you don’t bypass the water heater you will need to have 6 to 10 gals of extra antifreeze on hand. Expensive & wasteful!

A friend was winterizing his first TT 2 years ago. By the time I got over to his house he had made three trips to Walmart & pumped 20 gals into his fresh water tank.
I asked him where was his owner’s manual. After some digging around he handed it to me still in the wrapper.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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Wow that is crazy the anti freeze goes in the lines right not tanks? With a water heater ypass that allows one to winterize system without filling water tank? So as long as water heater is drained then there is no need to put antifreeze in it ?

So I well get my camper in Novemeber, it well be winterized, I could still use it and just not use the water? right? and If I do it would be fairly easy to re winterize it? Ant the heated tanks play into it as allowing me to use the tanks grey and black with out them freezing up?

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WH bypass: Correct, with tank drained there’s nothing to freeze.

When you take delivery in Nov, check the water system.
They test it at the factory with air pressure only.
If no one runs any water through it there’s no need to use the anti freeze.
Just leave all the faucets open & you should be good to go.

Some folks will winterize using the above process by draining the system (you will have “low point drains” in your new TT)
They will hook up an air compressor & blowing out all the lines. (40-45 psi)
Again leaving all the faucets open when done. That’s all they do.

Some folks think you need to pour a little antifreeze in each of the P-traps.
IMHO that is not necessary. Within a month enough water will evaporate in the trap to allow for the remaining water to freeze & expand without cracking the PVC.

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Just wanted to add, just in case, you will be using RV/Marine Antifreeze, the pink stuff.
Not automotive (yellow) stuff.

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I know this might be a little elementary, but for the sake of newbies that have never winterized a camper before, here is very important safety information........make sure you use RV antifreeze and not the kind you put in an engine radiator.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:43 PM   #7
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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh really I did not know that mtnguy....... Yes I knew that 3 happy campers thanks..... the pink stuff always.
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Looks like my warning was being posted about the same time as 3 Happy Campers........I got beat by 2 minutes.
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it is all good, I currently have a pop up that has to be winterized so I know about the pink rv stuff.
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I don't and won't EVER use the antifreeze in my rig. Way too much hassle, expense and trouble to purge when you do want to put water back in. I prefer the air fitting for the city water inlet and about 40lbs of compressed air connected to blow the lines clear of the water. No water means nothing to freeze. Have done this for many years with absolutely zero problems. As we like to use our rig all year long I usually just keep an electric space heater going in it during the winter when it gets below about 45 degrees or so and turn on the tank heaters. I also string rope lights though our water plumbing compartment which keeps enough heat in there to keep stuff from freezing.

I absolutely DESPIZE the RV antifreeze.
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