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Old 11-14-2019, 07:32 AM   #1
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Question RE Foam Insulation

I have the foam insulation option with 12V heat strips. North of Atlanta it got down to 22 degrees Tuesday night, Nov 12.

Is there a way to detect that the heat strips are actually producing heat?


I've read on various threads that the strips activate at 30 degrees and deactivate at 40. It took a long time on Wednesday to get to 40 degrees so I unplugged house current to see if the battery showed much discharge, but didn't detect any discharge.

Also via the forum I located the switch for the heat and it was/is in the ON position.

I'll check again the next time our temps get below 30.

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Old 11-14-2019, 07:43 AM   #2
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Although the switch is on, these pads are thermostatically operated, on at 30 and off at 40 and the foam may impact that range. Keep your trailer plugged in as they use a lot of battery. Otherwise, turn off and just dump. I had them on my first Escape and did not replicate them again.
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You can tell by looking at a voltmeter when below 30 degrees, but short of using the trailer in the cold and checking/watching the voltage use is the only way. I'm not getting out of a warm bed to go out in the cold at midnight to check to see if they are on.
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Thanks, Jim, so where do I attach the voltmeter?

If we get temps below 30 at night, it's a virtual certainty they will be below 40 well past dawn, and I can check then.
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Anyone know where the temp sensors for the pads are?
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Thanks, Jim, so where do I attach the voltmeter?

If we get temps below 30 at night, it's a virtual certainty they will be below 40 well past dawn, and I can check then.
any 12v outlet should do
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Anyone know where the temp sensors for the pads are?
I believe they are on the pads, see here for example https://www.amazon.com/Facon-Holding.../dp/B01MT9EUG9
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