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Old 08-11-2015, 12:31 AM   #1
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Missing tank heating pads? I don't Know!

I have a new Legacy SR 200/KP 340. My question is, I don't see any heating pads for the black/grey or fresh water tanks? They were listed as standard equipment on the sticker?
Is it something you have to turn off and on? Are they started automatically when you turn on the furnace?
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:29 AM   #2
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Do you have switches in your control panel labeled "tank heaters"?
Even though the brochure "lists" it as standard it's possible that a mid year change tank heaters were no longer std.


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Old 08-11-2015, 11:17 AM   #3
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Standard Equipment?

Thanks for responding. I don't have any button labeled tank heaters.

I wonder what else was standard and not equipped.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:21 AM   #4
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The SR300 models I was told did not come with the heaters. The SR340's did.
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Look for a switch on your main control panel marked Arctic pack that is how my MH is marked.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:02 PM   #6
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Do you have switches in your control panel labeled "tank heaters"?

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Do these switches just control the tiny heating pads located on the black and grey water tanks? I don't think they would do any good on a FW tank and couldn't protect the piping at all. If they are the pads I am seeing they are too small to do much of anything IMO. They look like a waist of 12 VDC to me. I really don't think I would trust them to do much of anything.

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IMO, the "Arctic Pack" heaters are not just useless, but potentially damaging. Our recently sold Georgetown had them on the black and grey tanks, which were both plastic.

According to the "fact" sheet in the documentation we got with the rig, each of them would draw 7 amps from the house batteries when switched on. They weren't very big, and I was concerned about 84 watts being applied to so small a plastic surface. Even more dangerous, there was no sensor to confirm there was any liquid in the tank. The pads had a built-in thermostat which turned them on at 40 F and off at 64 F. It was not adjustable.

Given the risk to the tank wall material, the 28 Amp draw from the 12V system of all four pads and the stupidity of trying to keep a full waste tank warm with such small heaters, I disabled them.

FR couldn't even spell "Arctic". The switch label said "Artic". To a Brit like me that's short for what is known in the US as an "18-wheeler" (in Brit-speak, an "articulated lorry").
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In my old flagstaff I used mine to about 20 it also had pipe heaters.

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In my old flagstaff I used mine to about 20 it also had pipe heaters.

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By pipe heaters I am assuming you mean heat tapes? These tapes are wrapped around the pipes to keep them from freezing. I know they make them for 120 VAC but wasn't aware they made them for 12 VDC. I would think they would draw a pretty heavy load.

I don't have any info on the tank heaters. I do remember looking at one when I was under my trailer one day and thinking that is awful small for that size tank. I think I will give FR a call and see what they can tell me about them. Could hook up a meter but need colder weather.

I am going to try and look at the pipes also. Sense there are tank heaters there might be heaters on the pipes also. It would make sense.

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Been doing a little thinking about this. Sense I am trying to keep the load down for when I might go boondocking I was wondering if it wouldn't make sense to just put some antifreeze into the grey and black water tanks? I think I would feel safer doing this and it is easy enough to do. Just have to figure out how much to use in each tank. No worry about the load or if they are working or not.


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