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Old 10-24-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Winterize and tank heaters

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We are living in our unit full time and do not live in a major sub-zero climate, however it can get cold enough to freeze around here. Snow comes sometimes as well so as it gets colder I am thinking about the tank heaters..???

I am draining the black tank as it fills and washing it out, both grey tank valves are open to drain all the time. I am thinking about turning on the heaters to prevent the tanks from freezing however if they are empty I am wondering about doing damage if they are empty..?

Thoughts..???
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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Hey All

We are living in our unit full time and do not live in a major sub-zero climate, however it can get cold enough to freeze around here. Snow comes sometimes as well so as it gets colder I am thinking about the tank heaters..???

I am draining the black tank as it fills and washing it out, both grey tank valves are open to drain all the time. I am thinking about turning on the heaters to prevent the tanks from freezing however if they are empty I am wondering about doing damage if they are empty..?

Thoughts..???
Shouldn't you leave your valves closed until your tanks fill up? After all, it takes a lot of cold weather to freeze a tank solid. And with your tanks full, it flushes out a lot easier. Never supposed to leave your valves open all the time.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Your black water tank leave closed until you have to dump, In warm weather if you leave the gray water open it's okay, but cold weather I would close them and use the tank heaters until you dump. Remember not to leave your black water tank open even in the summer, your solids will build up and cause you a real problem. I know this because I did it and learned....
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Your black water tank leave closed until you have to dump, In warm weather if you leave the gray water open it's okay, but cold weather I would close them and use the tank heaters until you dump. Remember not to leave your black water tank open even in the summer, your solids will build up and cause you a real problem. I know this because I did it and learned....

This is exactly what I have been doing..!.. I was just trying to avoid having to open and close the grey valves every time the tank fills..the wife and I have a showers everyday and then all the water from the sinks as well. However I guess I am going to have to do what I have to do...lol

Any idea what the tank heaters look like or how warm they get..?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:06 PM   #5
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I think it's Ultra Heat tank heaters that Forest River uses. Even if it's a different manufacturer, they operate the same. Here's a link...

UltraHeat, Inc. - Tank Heaters

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