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Old 05-25-2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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Finalizing our build sheet. Does the heat pads keep the floor warm, or just the water lines and waste tanks. We have to decide by the 29th of this month. Thanks
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:03 PM   #2
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It only keeps the tanks, fresh and grey from freezing.
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:54 AM   #3
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:10 PM   #4
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Also remember that even though they are 12V you really need to have the trailer plugged in to 120V AC to make them practical. Otherwise you will drain your battery in short order.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:01 PM   #5
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Thanks, I do not think we will ever camp in an area that is so cold that our tanks freeze. If it is that cold we need to winterize and stay home. Thanks for the info.
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Thanks, I do not think we will ever camp in an area that is so cold that our tanks freeze. If it is that cold we need to winterize and stay home. Thanks for the info.
Then really no reason to spend the money on the heat pad option, right?!
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:14 PM   #7
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After having it on my first Escape, I dropped that option on my other 2 Escapes.
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We have the heat pads and used them when the temperature remained in the 20s F for 3 days in the Dallas TX area last winter. We were on shore power but not connected to external water. I could tell the heating pads came on by reading the EMS current draw. We also kept cupboard doors open and the hot water heater on (due to the fresh water tubing going to the sink running under the trailer). We had no problems with our internal water. How much the heating pads contributed to our lack of problems, I don't know.
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The heat pads are 12v and thermostatically controlled on at 30 and off at 40 degrees. While in use your converter fan will probably come on due to the high 12v draw. The converter operation will result in a draw shown on the EMS which measures 120v use. With heat on inside and heated water supply hose I'm good down to -0- without pads.
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