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Old 09-15-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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What are these for?

I bought my 08 Flagstaff 831QBSS used this spring, and over the summer have pretty much figured everything out. There are 2 things that I need help with still. First, there is a switch in the cabinet where my gauges, water heater and pump are that I dont know what it does. The only thing I can figure is that this trailer has heated tanks and this switch is to turn that on. Second, there are red and blue hoses that come out under the trailer near the sewer connection, anyone tell me what they are for? Pictures of both items below.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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I am going to guess that the switch is for holding tank heaters and the two pipes are your low point drains.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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I'm with Kim.
tank heater switch and low point drain lines
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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So what did you hit with your camper?
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:23 PM   #5
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previous owner blew a tire in a construction zone, good thing my best friend owns a auto body shop!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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I can at very least see an elbow heater installed, as far as tank heaters go I would attempt to confirm that. Some people believe that because they have a "heated or enclosed underbelly" they don't need to heat the tanks. Depending on climate or furnace usage (manufacturer's idea of heated is usually a vent pipe "leaking" in the enclosed area and is only good if furnace is running) this may or may not be true, it varries between make and model. Living in MT I would not depend on the enclosed or "heated" underbelly...I'd freeze up in a heartbeat! So again, I would confirm the tank heaters, but it looks like at least an elbow heater to protect what is outside. Also be careful of your battery usage with the heaters on...it can drain things pretty quickly if you're not paying attention. Look at http://www.ultraheat.com to determine the amperage of each of the heaters so you might be able to predict the usage. They also tell how to test them once installed, so that could be a good way to make sure it's the right switch, and make sure they work.

As others stated the two pipes are your low point drains for winterizing, and they are sticking out quite a bit, so I would be wary of those freezing as well. A solution would be to at least shorten them up to just below the spray foam so they're less exposed.

I'm currently working on some winter fixes for my TT and will post soon, and let everyone know how it works come hunting season. Hopefully I won't have to learn the hard way what I may have missed!

P.S. Don't run the tank heaters without water in the tanks!
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:51 PM   #7
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The indicator light in the switch shows only that the circuit to the heaters has been energized. There is an in-line t-stat that comes on when temperature dips to 44 degrees. It is at that temperature that the heating pads get turned on. Once outdoor temps go back above 45 degrees and the t-stat senses it the heater will turn off but the light will remain on the indoor switch until it is manually turned off.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:30 AM   #8
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Yes I have the same model in the Rockwood and they are the tank heaters. The red and blue lines are your low point drains. The drain valves are in the cabinet below the pantry near the water pump.

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Old 09-22-2009, 01:35 PM   #9
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We also have those drain lines that you have shown, is there anything special that needs to be done when winterizing? Also do all models have drain valves? I have never seen any and wasnt sure if our set up was the same, we have a 8296..thanks
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New question for old thread......SORRY

I know this thread is kinda old but I couldn't figure out how to start a new one. I'm part of the computerly challenged group, so much to look at that I sometimes miss the obvious!

My question is- In the 1st pic from sledjed in the lower left there is a switch with water heater at the top,switch-on, light-reset. What is it, got one on mine can't figure it out.

Thanks, Kirk
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