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Old 05-23-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

Has anyone had foam insulation sprayed underneath trailer plus the 12 v heater pads on the water tanks?

This is an option Tammy suggested in place of putting water tanks inside.

Would this make repairs more difficult, you think? Has anyone done this?


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Old 05-24-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

I believe that Escape has only been doing this option for about a month or two. I saw a trailer at the factory with this done in March.

It seems like a good idea but there are probably only a couple of units so far with this done. Hopefully somebody will post with a report.

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:44 AM   #3
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

It sounds like an excellent idea. I was at the Grand Canyon in March and an unexpected cold snap arrived one night. My exterior water tank froze solid. My pump froze (under the bed!!) but I was lucky because none of the pipes inside the trailer burst. If they had, it would have been an expensive mess to say the least, as those pipes run under and behind cupboards, shower etc and so are very inaccessable.
The fellow in the $100k motorhome next to me had water all over his unit in the morning as his pipes busted.
There are really only two options for dealing with the cold. One is to insulate the undercarriage as you have described, and the other is to drain the tank and pipes when you know the weather is going to be cold. One costs nothing and the other costs a bit, but think of the convenience and the peace of mind!!
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

Hello -- I know this is an old topic, but we're considering this under trailer insulation, and Gabem if you're still around we're curious just how cold it was when your tank froze?

Has anyone else had any experience with the insulation? Or -- a frozen tank?

Tammy advised us on the phone today that we may be ok down to 17-18F as long as it warms up during the day.

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Old 11-22-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

I would think that the 12v heating pads would be a significant battery drain. What about the foam without the heating pads - (just the foam should give s significant amount of added insulation and protection from freezing)?

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Old 11-22-2011, 07:16 PM   #6
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

The night that I was up at the Grand Canyon and my tanks froze, the temperature suddenly dropped to -15 during the night. It had been a sunny day, and the lady at the desk said that the weather forecast was good!!!
Anyway, -15 degrees did the trick. I was sweating bullets in the morning, but the plastic pipes apparently have a bit of give in them and after warming everything up with a hairdryer, I was on my way no worse for the wear.
Hope this is of some help.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

Thanks Gabe ... could you confirm you are meant -15C and not -15F?

(Pretty big diff for us backward Americans
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:20 PM   #8
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It was -15 Celsius.
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

If you spend a lot of time off grid, it would definitely eat up some battery...but if your camping is mainly on grid, and you enjoy some shoulder season camping, I'd think it would be great! One other place you would be concerned about however, is the outside shower (if you have one).
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:15 PM   #10
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Re: Sprayed Foam Insulation Underneath Trailer plus 12V water tank heating pads

So Hokie, you think this wouldn't do much to protect the outside shower? I might email Tammy for a little more info on this, battery drain, etc, tomorrow. We suddenly have this fantasy of taking the trailer out for a run immediately after delivery, which is likely to be in mid-February in Ste St Marie, thus the increased interest in this.

BTW Hokie -- how are the drawers in your wardrobe working out? You have three, right? Or is it four? Are they all the same depth? We were talking about your drawers with Tammy today ... ehm!
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