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Old 10-01-2007, 05:47 PM   #1
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Watch yer tank heater pads...

I ordered the optional tank heaters, which consist of adhesive backed pads stuck onto the bottom side of both waste tanks.

Here's what they looked like when new:



Now they are literally half hanging off. Right at one year old. We're heading up towards Topsail Hill this Friday, and if it ever stops raining after work, I'll take a picture of their current condition before fixing them.

I plan on cleaning the tank and pad with a little alcohol, then using "Shoe Goo" adhesive to bond them back to the tank. This is really good stuff and I suspect it'll be permanent.

Waves of rain hitting my skylight at home at the moment.
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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I ordered the optional tank heaters, which consist of adhesive backed pads stuck onto the bottom side of both waste tanks.

Here's what they looked like when new:



Now they are literally half hanging off. Right at one year old. We're heading up towards Topsail Hill this Friday, and if it ever stops raining after work, I'll take a picture of their current condition before fixing them.

I plan on cleaning the tank and pad with a little alcohol, then using "Shoe Goo" adhesive to bond them back to the tank. This is really good stuff and I suspect it'll be permanent.

Waves of rain hitting my skylight at home at the moment.
Did you have to remove an underbelly sheild?? Just wondering why you removed if you have. Annual inspection?? Other??

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Old 10-01-2007, 07:32 PM   #3
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Did you have to remove an underbelly sheild?? Just wondering why you removed if you have. Annual inspection?? Other??

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Paul, the 7.5' models don't have the enclosed underbelly. Makes it nice to maintain the underside.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:39 AM   #4
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Yep, my 7.5' wide model didn't have a belly cover. Makes repairs a breeze. Doesn't get cold enough in my region to worry about freezing. But I do travel, so I opted for the additional heat pads, giving me the ability to camp in -17 F temps per the heater manufacturer, IIFC. Far beyond temps I would camp in!

Anyway, here are some pictures of the falling heater pads & the fix...

http://2manytoyz.com/rockwood/tankheaters/

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Old 10-21-2007, 10:24 PM   #5
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Thats all they give you for tank heaters?!!! I hope you didn`t pay too much for those?
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Part of the optional package when purchasing my RV new through RVW.

But if you read the specs, see the recommended size for my small tanks, and the actual size of the heaters, seems right: http://www.ultraheat.com/easy_to_retrofit.html



Rated at -11F for the pads vs +20F for onboard ducted furnace heat. Good conduction... as long as the pads stay adhered!
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They look like good heaters. It doesn't take much heat to prevent freezing AS LONG AS THEY STAY ADHERED! Just another example for noobies like me illustrating the importance of inspecting your RV often for potential problems.

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