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Old 09-25-2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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heated water hose concerns

I use our rv a lot in the winter months and have made up a water hose with heat tape a few years ago and to this point have had no problems. A buddy of mine told me I had to wrap the hose with the aluminum foil tape or I was in for trouble. Anyone hear of this and should I redo my hoses?
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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It would work better with something wrap around it to hold the heat in.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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I was told the same thing. I believe it was to keep the heat line from melting the hose when being used. However, with the temperatures nearing zero when we used it, I failed to see how it could get hot enough to be a concern. When the hose fittings started leaking, I replaced it with one that wasn't wrapped. So far..So good.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:01 PM   #4
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It would work better with something wrap around it to hold the heat in.
I do have the foam pipe insulation sealing the tape and hose. To this point I haven't had trouble with freeze ups or anything else just wondering about the aluminum foil tape my friend was talking about. I don't think with water in the hose any damage or failure would result but I'm a long way from a expert on this type of thing.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:17 PM   #5
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I used the soft black rubber pipe insulation over the heat tape on my hose. ($4-$5 per 6' section at Home depot) Didn't have any freezing issues for the three months I was stuck Camping in snow.
IIRC the heat tape I used looks like a flat extension cord, & topped out at 65 degrees. So there is no worries about melting anything.
I'm not sure about foil heat tape?
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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You wrote that you have been using it for some time already. No problem? No problem!
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #7
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You wrote that you have been using it for some time already. No problem? No problem!
True, wouldn't have worried about it if Tim had not been so adamant about using the foil, so I thought I throw it out here for opinions.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:29 AM   #8
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it would be easier to see if the foil was wrapped with the hose and trace inside. the foil normally is used to block infa red radiation. the foil would tend to keep the heat in. the foam would still need to be there for the dead air space.
i would like to know the why and how logic behind it also.
i camped twice in freezing weather: the first trip out and the hose froze; a few years later and the campground shut the water supply down.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:54 AM   #9
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Heat tape generally has a thermostat built into it, near the plug, to keep it from over-heating. Otherwise, it would be on all the time. I stretch the heat tape along the water line and hold it in place with electrical tape. Then, you take a roll of insulation, about 3" wide that already has the foil on the outside, available from your local building supply store, and wrap the whole thing in this. Overlap by 1" with each wrap. I use ty-wraps to hold the insulation in place. Our electrical heat tape is left plugged in all winter long. Even with no water run for 12 hours or so, when you turn on the cold water it is just warm for a few seconds showing the thermostat is working. The foil just reflects the heat back in, like an emergency blanket does for a person wrapped in one.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #10
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Without insulating water pipe with heat trace you may as well skip heat trace altogether. Heat will barely hit the water hose especially with windy conditions. Any wrap is better than nothing.
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