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Old 11-10-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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SP-186 Winter Use

Ones anyone know if there is some sort of package that one can purchase to make an SP-186 more useable in winter? We like to use ours in snow country and have had limited success with things freezing. We have our water hose wrapped in insulation and heat tape which is fine. But the water line from the tank is frozen and we cannot flow hot water. Any help would be appreciated! Would love to insulate the undercarriage or something......

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #2
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We had the option of ordering our 186 with a package that includes tank heaters (which they said are just heating pads) and an enclosed underbelly (which they said is a lot like coated cardboard). I think it was $800. We declined. Although we camp all winter, we're in N.C., where the temperatures can get in the teens and twenties but rarely stay there for long. We have camped in the teens and simply unhooked and drained our water hose until morning. Nothing froze that I know of. The dealer told us that frozen tanks are not a problem unless they are full and unless you need to dump them before it warms up. Of course, having access to the fresh water tank would be a different story. We carry a jug of water for the toilet in case the fresh tank is frozen. That package could be the answer to the problem you described.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I bought mine with the "arctic package", which is what you described. "ultraheat" heat pads are the ones installed.
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