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Old 05-04-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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Tank Warmers in Rockwood Ultralites

Just snagged our spankin new 2304s, and we are feeling pretty good about moving up from a Funfinder 189FBS. Cannot believe the difference in space and livibility. QUESTION: Just what tanks are heated? Dealer was not sure, but thought it was the water tank. There is a switch that deploys heat somewhere. Would be nice to know which tanks or all. QUESTION: They supply a crank for manually retracting the slide. Nobody in dealership knew where one puts the crank. Does anybody know? Currently rolling home to Canada from Florence Or., where we made our purchase. Loooookin good.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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the Heated tank option is the black electric pads that keep your tanks from freezing.
They place one pad on the bottom of the grey and black tank and also around the grey water pipe and black tank pipe.
I do not remember if it was on the fesh water or not though without going outside and taking a look
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We have a 2902SS and all 3 tanks and drain lines are heated. I would have to add extra heaters on the drain lines (on the valves) and also on the fresh water supply line that comes out of the water tank to use it in freezing weather.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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We have a 2313ss and all of the tanks are heated black gray galley and fresh water tanks are heated
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:13 PM   #5
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We have the tank heaters on our Rockwood 2605S and they are on the black and grey holding tanks (we two grey and one black). Our fresh water tank is inside under the bed, so no heater on it. Here is the website: UltraHeat, Inc. - Easy to Operate. Before you turn the heaters on, make sure there is water in each of the tanks, per the operating instructions. And I believe the heaters use a lot of electricity, so would run the battery(ies) down rather quickly if not plugged into shower power. We've never used ours, but it is nice to know we have them in case we ever need them.
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Additionally, they are thermostatically operated, so turning on the switch will not necesarily turn on the heaters, only enable them to come on when the outside temperature gets cold enough.

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wow, thank you all for informative responses. nice bonus, although we live on vancouver island and not necessary most of the time. however, we camp year round, so one never knows. nice to know they are controlled by thermostat. i would guess they would not activate unless you were on shorepower, wot? these things would kill a battery PDQ.

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Old 05-05-2011, 07:53 PM   #8
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Hi,

Seems you are in good hands for the heaters so I will address the slide. On the side opposite the slide, you should see a small hole in the side of the trailer down lown on the side. It should have a black gromet around it or it may even be in the stair well. That is where you insert the manual crank handle to open and close the slide.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #9
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thx sasks, from a native of kamsack, many years ago. i will check both locations, and hope i never have to use the crank. always good to know where to go tho.
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wow, thank you all for informative responses. nice bonus, although we live on vancouver island and not necessary most of the time. however, we camp year round, so one never knows. nice to know they are controlled by thermostat. i would guess they would not activate unless you were on shorepower, wot? these things would kill a battery PDQ.

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They are DC so will run off the battery (or the converter when on shore power). They draw 65 watts (about 5.4 amps) each when "on" (They do cycle). 16 and a half amps is quite a draw if you are on battery only.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:21 AM   #11
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Our friends have a keystone, to use the manual slide crank they would need to punch a hole in the skirting next to their steps. We haven't received our rockwood yet so I cannot tell you if the same holds true for us.
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Our friends have a keystone, to use the manual slide crank they would need to punch a hole in the skirting next to their steps. We haven't received our rockwood yet so I cannot tell you if the same holds true for us.
Man, that just does not sound right. That hole (if needed) should already be there. This is what it should look like.

This manual extension stub works the Opposite Side Slide. Look for the hole in the skirt opposite the slide you want to crank in or out.
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They are DC so will run off the battery (or the converter when on shore power). They draw 65 watts (about 5.4 amps) each when "on" (They do cycle). 16 and a half amps is quite a draw if you are on battery only.
Very true, but only part of the story. If you are using the tank heaters, there is a pretty good chance you are also using the furnace quite a bit, especially in a poorly insulated ultralite. In my case I have 4 tanks (2grey, 1 black and 1 fresh), so 21.6 amps plus the furnace = getting up in the middle of the night and starting the generator!

How do I know this? Well....................

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