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Old 08-23-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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tank heat for winter

My 2014 fr3 on the control panes for pump etc has one switch is labeled on off for tank heat. Nowhere in my service manuals or the people at the dealership can tell me what this means exactly. Which tanks heated? with elect or what and what degree of protection does this mean?
I would like to do some mild winter traveling but do not want tanks or lines to freeze up on me.
If anyone knows please clue me in.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:17 PM   #2
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oh there is separate switch for hot water heat so this is not switch for hot water heat.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:18 PM   #3
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We have tank heaters on our 2016 ROCKWOOD 2703WS and basically they are electric heating pads on the tanks (fresh, grey and black) to prevent freezing. They kick on and off at a certain temperature. I don't know when they become ineffective.

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Old 08-23-2016, 02:43 PM   #4
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The switch turns on the heaters that wrap the fresh water and waste tanks.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:43 PM   #5
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The heaters are electric.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:48 PM   #6
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Here is manual for my unit, probably same for yours.......
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File Type: pdf Tank Heater Pads ``Therma Heat``.pdf (2.98 MB, 123 views)
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:39 AM   #7
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tank heat for winter

The tank heaters protect you tanks, but not pipes or water pump, so depending on temperatures you may want to heat your bays, where your plumbing runs. I hang drop lights in the bays and have also added insulation to them. All depends on how cold for how long.


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Just like everyone said before me, they are heating pads that are under all the tanks and around the grey/black gate valves. They run on electric and wouldn't depend on them entirely to keep your system freeze-proof. You need to make sure you run your furnace, which the bathroom duct runs through this compartment and radiates some heat within. When it gets below 20F, I typically also keep the water heater on all the time. It'll also add some heat down below. Last winter, it got down to single digits over night and we did fine.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:54 PM   #9
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When the switch is ON, these come on when temp falls below 45F and off when temp is above 67F. Also note the power used for each heater. If you are not plugged into a generator or shore power, your battery will not make it through 1 night. Unless you have multiple batteries.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:52 PM   #10
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They kick on around 40 degrees and should kick off above that.
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