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Old 04-20-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Educate me on heated holding tanks

I bought my first camper, not knowing much about them (imagine that lol). I've been reading lately about some of the fifth wheels have insulated and or heated holding tanks. Are these just in fifth wheels? How do they work? Are they actually heated or just in the insulated belly? Is it electric strip type heating or is there a duct from the furnace leading to it?

I'm curious about this because I love to hunt and my camper is not exactly one I can use if it is below freezing outside. My holding tanks are just bare out in the open and my low point pex line drains extend out of the camper belly.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Well, where to start.

A picture is worth a thousand words they say, so here is what they look like. The manual is attached.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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they are on all types of campers
basically its a heating pad on the underside of the tank .
most ive seen also have heat tape around the sewer outlets as well .

theres another post on here about low points and what to do with them .


herk why you got to beat me to the post ? don't you have something to fly or something ?
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Cool, thanks guys. I've never crawled under a fifth wheel. Are the tanks actually in the belly or are they exposed? My tanks on my camper now are totally exposed.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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I put heat tape around my low point drains after they froze up once this winter. I was not impressed with how much the pex sticks out, the belly insulation, and my exposed tanks, but then again I have a cheap camper and it isn't a winter camper.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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Cool, thanks guys. I've never crawled under a fifth wheel. Are the tanks actually in the belly or are they exposed? My tanks on my camper now are totally exposed.
Sounds like you might not have the winterizing package. I would think exposed tanks and plumbing would be ... bad ... in winter.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #7
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Sounds like you might not have the winterizing package. I would think exposed tanks and plumbing would be ... bad ... in winter.
There's definitely no winter package on it. I don't think they even make one for the camper I have. I had it inside a pole barn that is insulated and has some heat in it. I'm just looking to learn what I could do to this camper to make it ok for the winter or what to look for if I were to buy another camper.
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Not all holding tanks are heated by the pad. On our previous two Wildcats the enclosed holding tanks were heated by ambient air from the furnace.
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Had a lengthy conversation with the guy at our dealership about some issues and I asked him about winter camping. He does a lot of it because he can only get away during winter. Huh...imagine that! Anyway....he said the tank heaters are only "adequate" at best. They run off 12-volt, so be prepared to plug in or have a generator to charge your batteries. They will set some ambient heat from the furnace as well. He said he fills his water tank FULL, as it takes a long time for a full water tank to freeze. He then empties it completely for the trip home. He also said he uses windshield washer fulid with the antifreeze in it to flush his toilet. It won't freeze and won't get "slushy" like the pink RV antifreeze can.

Hope these little tidbits help someone out there....
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Sounds like you might not have the winterizing package. I would think exposed tanks and plumbing would be ... bad ... in winter.
So the tanks on your fifth wheel are in the belly and not exposed?
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