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Old 11-06-2015, 09:26 PM   #31
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Get the foam but forget about the heat pads. They work only when plugged into AC (not while driving) and if you are plugged in anyways, why not use the furnace to keep things thawed.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:45 PM   #32
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Almost anyone staying out in winter for any extended time does have electric. There are people who do that. They use their water systems. It does not have to be in far below freezing conditions for weeks or months but there are even some who do that. Depends on where you are going and for how long. The heat pads help the exterior tanks. You may not need heat pads but there are others who could use them.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:26 PM   #33
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A few of these around the trailer seemed to take care of it last winter, I had no mice come spring.

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Old 11-18-2015, 03:37 PM   #34
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Raychem makes a self regulating heat tape that would keep the drain lines from freezing but will not distort the ABS drain lines. The Raychem heat tape can be cut to length and is much better quality then the stuff sold at the big box stores. It also costs about $10 to $12 a ft and the fittings are expensive. One other nice feature is that you can overlap or cross the heat tape and it will not burn out . I installed 10,000 ft of Raychem heat tape for the railroad and 10 years later it's still working perfectly. The Raychem heat tape also comes in various watts per ft so you can get the correct amount of heat for the application.
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Raychem makes a self regulating heat tape that would keep the drain lines from freezing but will not distort the ABS drain lines. The Raychem heat tape can be cut to length and is much better quality then the stuff sold at the big box stores. It also costs about $10 to $12 a ft and the fittings are expensive. One other nice feature is that you can overlap or cross the heat tape and it will not burn out . I installed 10,000 ft of Raychem heat tape for the railroad and 10 years later it's still working perfectly. The Raychem heat tape also comes in various watts per ft so you can get the correct amount of heat for the application.
Sounds as if it is high quality for sure. Can't tell yet if we need to use such a thing. Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-18-2015, 05:41 PM   #36
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... if you are plugged in anyways, why not use the furnace to keep things thawed.
Because the furnace heats the floor, and so only the top of the underfloor tanks. Even with foam insulation, the fresh and grey tanks may freeze, depending on exterior temperature.
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10,000 eh? What was that like for u? Thanks!
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10,000 eh? What was that like for u? Thanks!
We installed all new heat tape at the CN railroad yards along the Mississippi River. They have a 1200 ft underground tunnel from their fuel tanks and storage tanks going out to their locomotive fueling stations. The tunnel was filled with water from spring floods so they pumped out the flood water ,cleaned the mud out of the tunnel ,removed and replaced all the pipe insullation and removed and replaced all the heat tape and controls. Unfortunately the railroad waited until November to start the project so it was cold damp and windy in the tunnels. Work in our area was slow so I was grateful to be working especially since Christmas was fast approaching.
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Very interesting story! Thanks Steve!
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