Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-24-2016, 03:33 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 287
Quote:
Originally Posted by safrog View Post
They kick on around 40 degrees and should kick off above that.
Manual attached.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Tank Heater Pads ``Therma Heat``.pdf (2.98 MB, 24 views)
__________________

__________________
2013 Flagstaff 8528IKWS, 2006 F-350 6.0L
DickiedooFlagman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2016, 09:44 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: payson, az
Posts: 194
we have a 2015 cardinal 5th wheel. it has manual switches for tank heaters on the control panel. i assumed that these were simple on / off switches to turn the electricity on or off for the tank heater pads. my this i mean if the switch is on, the pad is heating. i manually turned them on when the temperature got low and then turned them off the following morning. but several comments above allude to a thermostat with the heating pad to actually turn the pad on or off. by this i mean to have the pad heating the manual switch must be on AND the temperature must be low enough to have the thermostat close the electric circuit. if this is true, why not just leave the manual switch on the control panel on and let the thermostat turn the heating pads on and off? i guess i should run a test. get a reading of amps being used with the manual switch of (and the temperature up over 60 or so. then turn it on and take a second amp reading. if there is no change in amps used then there must be a thermostat in the circuit. so is there one common thermostat that controls multiple heating pads or does each pad have its own thermostat?
__________________

__________________
2015 cardinal model 3825fl
2015 dodge ram 3500 dually
CHICKDOE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2016, 10:16 PM   #13
RJJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by CHICKDOE View Post
we have a 2015 cardinal 5th wheel. it has manual switches for tank heaters on the control panel. i assumed that these were simple on / off switches to turn the electricity on or off for the tank heater pads. my this i mean if the switch is on, the pad is heating. i manually turned them on when the temperature got low and then turned them off the following morning. but several comments above allude to a thermostat with the heating pad to actually turn the pad on or off. by this i mean to have the pad heating the manual switch must be on AND the temperature must be low enough to have the thermostat close the electric circuit. if this is true, why not just leave the manual switch on the control panel on and let the thermostat turn the heating pads on and off? i guess i should run a test. get a reading of amps being used with the manual switch of (and the temperature up over 60 or so. then turn it on and take a second amp reading. if there is no change in amps used then there must be a thermostat in the circuit. so is there one common thermostat that controls multiple heating pads or does each pad have its own thermostat?

This is according to the manual. I heat my bays anyway in freezing weather, but sounds like using tank heat on empty tanks is not a good idea.

When do you turn "off" the Heat Panels or the entire system?

OFF - when there is NO liquid in the tanks or pipes
OFF - when the outside temperature remains above freezing.
OFF - when the black and gray holding tanks and drain pipes are being dumped.
OFF - when the fresh water holding tanks and supply pipes are being drained for storage or empty.
OFF - when the RV is connected to city sewer and the gate valves are open (free draining is never recommended, especially in cold weather RVing) .

Heaters must be turned "off" when there is NO liquid present (empty), or when ambient temperatures rise and remain above freezing. Only the Holding Tank Models have built-in sensors designed to monitor the temperature of the liquid within the holding tank when powered “on”, it will power cycle the heat panel "on/off" to maintain the tank fluid contents between 44°F and 64°F (6.6°C - 17.8°C) and conserve power consumption. Pipe and Elbow heat panels are either "on" or "off" based on the manual switching position. The built-in sensors of tank models are very poor and not used to monitor the air in empty tanks, nor are the heat panels designed to operate in warmer temperatures. For this reason all UltraHeat® heat panels must be turned "off" when the holding tank systems have been vacated of fluids, or ambient temperatures rise and remain above freezing. We recommend each tank system (I.E. Black, Grey and Fresh) has a separate switch to control power independently, and suggest the integration of our Ambient Temperature Master Power control kit (info, click here).

Notice: Failure to observe criterias stated for when to power "on" or "off", could result in damage to the anti-icing system or tanks.


2015 Georgetown 329DS
2014 Chevy Equinox
__________________
RJJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2016, 10:39 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: payson, az
Posts: 194
dear rjj, thank you. it appears that the manual you quoted from is from the heating pad manufacture. i have no idea what is actually installed in the trailer and there was no manual about tank heaters. it says to not turn on the heaters if the tank is empty. we have two grey tanks and one black tank. one grey tank is exclusively for the washer / dryer prep and does not get any waster water into as we do not have a washer / dryer. so..... if it gets cold i guess i need to pour water into it just to turn the heaters on for the other tanks. who would have thought. that's why i love the rv and this forum. even if you think you know something you then get a dose of how things actually are and you have to figure out an alternative.
__________________
2015 cardinal model 3825fl
2015 dodge ram 3500 dually
CHICKDOE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2016, 11:03 PM   #15
RJJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 148
I winter camp a lot and wanted to know how effective the heaters would be so tried to learn what I could about them. Glad it helped, I've learned a lot on the forum and have a lot left to learn. Lol


2015 Georgetown 329DS
2014 Chevy Equinox
__________________

__________________
RJJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tank, winter

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:20 PM.