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Old 03-09-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if tank heaters are installed on our units? I know the basement has a vent when the furnace is running.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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As I understand it, there is no tank heaters on these units. Running the furnace is sufficient to keep them from freezing. You have to be sure and run the furnace though, electric heaters in the coach won't necessarily keep them from freezing.
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Hmmm. I understood that the tanks are warmed by forced hot air. No?
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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I own a 2013 36RL. The vent on the ceiling of the garage is not attached to the furnace. I was told it is just there to allow some ventilation to the garage area.

When I removed the belly pan I found that there is no batt insulation around the tanks. One of the tanks, (the tank under the kitchen) had batt insulation above the tank. The only insulation I found that would affect the tanks was the approx. 1/4" thick foil insulation that sits directly above the belly pan.

I am guessing the only heat that gets to the tanks is residual heat off from the heat ducts.

Tank heaters would be a very good idea if you are going to use the trailer in a cold climate. Adding additional insulation around the tanks would help a lot also and would probably cost a lot less than tank heaters.

Please understand this information only relates to the trailer that I own and it is possible that other trailers have more insulation around their tanks than my trailer has.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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I am a bit disappointed to learn that our tanks are not heated. Redwood advertisers these expensive units as full time living residences. They do not specify full time only in warm weather in the winter. Therefore one would think the tanks are heated. If someone from Redwood would like to address these posts I would surely appreciate it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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I thought my salesman told me they were heated. The tanks in my Arctic Fox were heated so maybe I just assumed the RW tanks were heated as well. Oh boy
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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There is heated, and than there is heated. If a furnace duct is in the area of the tanks, than the tanks are heated. However, if you want the extremely cold weather version, than you need tank heaters which are similar to the electrical heat tape that is used to keep water pipes from freezing in residential situations where the pipes aren't in a heated area. I know some manufacturers use to offer tank heaters as an option. Don't know if Redwood does or not. We're full time and one of the reasons is to try to avoid the area where we would need take heaters.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:28 PM   #8
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They are heated. The entire underbelly is heated which includes your tanks and pipes. You don't need tank heaters when you have an enclosed heated underbelly. RW is a four season coach just like the others that say the are, just like our Montana, and it does not have tank heaters. There is a 2" duct feed direct off the furnace to the underbelly.
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The tanks are heated by the furnace due to residual heat however if you're going to be in winter camping conditions I would recommenced buying the electric heating pads. These however take a lot of power so you also better have a generator running if you choose to leave these on while traveling.

Just my opinion
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We have conflicting information here. Atom says the heating is direct (2" duct) and Dave is saying that the heating is residual (that sounds like indirect heating).
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