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Old 07-25-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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I'm going to be winter camping / skiing quite a bit in this thing. I'm getting the extra insulation / windows - would it be a mistake not to get the heat tape as well?

Any other options that are a must have for the winter?

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Old 07-25-2017, 03:25 PM   #2
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I know ETI has an option for 12V heat pads with the underfloor spray foam, but I thought I heard they would no longer do the heat tape/trace on the black and gray outlet piping. Either way, even though they are 12V you aren't going to run any of these items very long unless you are plugged in to shore power so that the batteries are being charged. I don't know where you ski but spots to plug in might be far and few between. In my experience the most practical (and worry free) solution is to have the trailer water systems winterized. Drinking water is kept in bottles inside and toilet can be flushed manually with some antifreeze. Any gray water from hand washing/dishes can be kept in a small pan in the sink and dumped. If you are planning to be fully functional (i.e. all water systems) in very cold temperatures you may need to adjust your expectations. I'm sure others with winter camping experience will weigh in.
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Old 07-25-2017, 03:48 PM   #3
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We were told that our trailer, completed end of November 2016, was the last one they were installing the heat tape on. We did get the heat pads installed as well.
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Old 07-25-2017, 04:07 PM   #4
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Pay attention to the window frames. Ours is a 2015 model and while we were overall comfortable enough winter camping, the frames are subject to condensation which will drip on bedding, etc.
I've heard of attempts to insulate the frames but I do not know how well this turned out.
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If I were using it for skiing I'd get the heat pads. I'd also try attempt to heat tape the area of the dump valves and get a heated fresh water hose setup. You could also get an optional 120vac outlet on the drivers side to power these.

We find we run a small electric heater as opposed to the furnace, although the furnace is nice to bring up the temp quickly. A couple of the folks have added a nice built in electric heater where it's out of the way, unlike mine. You could have ETI add a dedicated 120vac outlet in the appropriate area for such.
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Old 07-25-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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One more for you guys

I'm going to be winter camping / skiing quite a bit in this thing. I'm getting the extra insulation / windows - would it be a mistake not to get the heat tape as well?

Any other options that are a must have for the winter?

Thanks!
There is no telling what someone means by winter camping unless the lowest temperatures expected are given. There is the spray foam and heat pads you would need at a minimum but they may not suffice depending.
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Old 07-25-2017, 05:02 PM   #7
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Good point- I would expect temps to be the 20's at night and occasionally dropping down into the teens.

I hadn't thought about an electric heater, but could see how that would be really nice at night sometimes....

Thanks again everyone
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:26 PM   #8
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I believe Reace once gave a temperature down to which the heat pads would work. Not sure it was clear whether he meant C or F. Perhaps someone has that but Escape can always be asked.
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The heat pads are thermostatically controlled, you turn on the switch and once it gets below freezing they turn on, off at 40 degrees. Get yourself a heated water supply hose in case you find a cg with heated water supply. Otherwise keep the trailer water supply winterized and flush the toilet with rv antifreeze.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:51 PM   #10
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Heat tape

We are getting the heat pads and we asked about getting heat tape. We were told ETI no longer installs it. I'm planning on installing heat tape along my black and gray dump piping. I'm thinking of just running the tape down the underside of the pipe instead of wrapping it around the pipe. I would appreciate opinions on this.
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