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Old 03-21-2007, 07:03 PM   #1
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just got my new 5th, a silverback, can anyone explain the heated holding tanks to me??, does it keep the fresh water warm also?? if you dont camp in winter what use are they?? thanks!!

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:03 AM   #2
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That is what I would call a good question. This is my thinking on the subject.

If the tanks are electrically heated and you don't camp in winter they are of no use whatever. However, if you do, they are, I suppose, a portentially good feature. Think of it as heating pads applied to the outside of the various tanks to keep the contents from freezing. My own oppinion is that "heated holding tanks" sounds impressive to a potential buyer and is a good sales pitch, but not much more than that. When folks start asking the same types of questions as questions as you have posed...

Generally speaking, the only application I can think of where electrically heated tanks would be of use to me is one where:

A) I was hooked up to shore power. (If the heaters are 12 volt, how long do you think your battery will last, especially if you are running your furnace? If 120, then you need to be plugged in.)
B) I was using my internal water supply. (If it is cold enough for long enough to freeze the contents of your tanks, then most campgrounds will have turned off the water to protect the water lines, and, your hose will be frozen solid anyway.)
C) I was either on a sewer site or had a dump station available to dispose of all that nice warm effluent before heading home.

If, on the other hand, your tanks are heated by warn air from your furnace being circulated around them in an enclosed space, then you are still going to have to deal with A, B & C above. (Furnace blowers also take a serious toll on batteries.)
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:03 PM   #3
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I have heated tanks and have used them in the late fall and early spring trips. We traveled with the kids to sporting events(soccer, etc.). We always had shore power. If the water was off we used our own tanks. Not only are the tanks heated but also some elbows and valves. This is in addition to the heating ductwork that goes through the compartments.We have camped when the temps got into the mid 20s at night. No freeze-ups. I won't be without them. Good camping.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:17 AM   #4
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We are planning on pulling out for our 1st trip this season in several hours. The forecast is for near record lows in the teens. Since we just dewinterized I know that we will be using the tank heaters for the 1st time ever. I'll let you know how they work out. We will be at an Ohio SP campground with 30A service.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:30 AM   #5
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just got my new 5th, a silverback, can anyone explain the heated holding tanks to me??, does it keep the fresh water warm also?? if you dont camp in winter what use are they?? thanks!!

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Each tank has a heating pad attached to the bottom of them, waste & fresh, if the tank temperature hits around 36 degrees or below they turn on.
If you don't do any winter camping you will never use them but Cedar Creek is considered a 4 season RV so they include them as standard equipment.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:19 PM   #6
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Each tank has a heating pad attached to the bottom of them, waste & fresh, if the tank temperature hits around 36 degrees or below they turn on.
If you don't do any winter camping you will never use them but Cedar Creek is considered a 4 season RV so they include them as standard equipment.
yep and we were hooked up at 19 F and never froze anything
we did refill the fresh water vice keeping it hooked up, but the pads are designed to keep an UNFROZEN area in the tanks so they dont split and do a do do on the ground

and they also are insulated pretty good underneath and recieve heat from teh coach through heat transfer from the coach itslef, conduction heating i beleive
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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My dealer let me spec the Silverback TT I am considering and the heated holding tanks was a 225.00 option-they may be standard on 5vers but not on TT's. I chose not to get this option as I just don't see where it would be worth the 225.00 since the coach itself has a sealed underbelly and the heat from the coach would be more than enough to keep the tanks from freezing. I would be more concerned with the outside water line freezing.
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