Has anyone installed your own tank heating system in an rv or travel trailer? We just puchased a "new to us" (we never buy anything brand new) 27 foot Fun Finder ultra light travel trailer. None of the water or holding tanks are heated and the underbelly of the travel trailer is not enclosed. The little trailer has one central heater hooked up to the propane system and is not ducted. However, all tanks are super simple to access from under the trailer and the steel frame seems like it will make it easy to enclose at least the tank areas. The tanks all "nest" comfortably within the box trailer frame and have a few inched below each tank of space.

What do you recommend for heating all the tanks, insulating all the tanks and surrounding space (saw some nice possible stuff at Lowes for this used in home insulation) and what light weight "bottom" should we put on after the heating and insulation is installed? Thanks and looking forward to your comments. Pat, Linda and Lady dog.

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Hi Pat,
I just talked with Jeff Wash, our Service Department Manager, and he indicated that there is a way to heat the tanks and do it fairly simply. He recommends a peel and stick application from Ultraheat. These are thermostatically controlled and are programmed to activate at 44 degrees F and deactivate at 64 degrees. The tank heaters will range from $110.00 to $150.00 and there are also units suitable for application to pipes and elbows. The pads have dual voltage for both driving and parked applications. There is also a thaw kit but it costs around $900.00.

If you need more info or help in acquiring these, please call Jeff at Jody's RV (864) 227-6500 or email to jeff@jodysrv.com.

Enjoy Florida!!
Barry, Thanks so much. I checked out Ultraheat and their products and rv holding tank heating guide seems just the ticket. I'll give em a call and order the tank heaters and I'll post some photos of the install when I get them. Leaving for South Dakota this week for openging day of pheasant season and the tanks will be unheated so I'll "kind of" dry camp on the way up until it starts to snow.... forcast for the weekend.

Florida probably this winter unless some of our rvers have a better idea... Texas or AZ??

Thanks again. Pat
Here's a nice aftermarket installation guide for rv heated holding tanks that i got from Barry's recommendation. Probably a good and simple (that's my kind of guide) installation instruction guide for almost any rv holding tank heater retrofit.

click above link or cut and paste this rv guide link: http://www.ultraheat.com/easy_to_retrofit.html
I've decided not to add electric heating strips to my "project travel trailer", at least this year. The cost turned out to be about $120 PER TANK for the 3 tanks, plus "cold weather trailer elbow heaters" at about $75 each; aparently the dump valve area water freezes and makes a nice little "plug", or cracks and leaks when you get back to warmer weather. I can do a ton of dry camping for the $500 cost of heating the tanks and even then I have to be plugged into 110 volt to keep the electric travel trailer heating strips powered up. Yep, my 80 amp single batter will run one or two for 2 or 3 days, but thats it.
So, for now at least I'll just dry camp and use NON TOXIC antifreeze in the black and grey tank. I'll let you know how this works out long term.
Hi Pat, I'm shopping for a small (preferably self contained but not dealbreaker) trailer or camper. I'd like to do some winter camping trips, skiing, not necessarily back countrry. curious how this turned out for you.... I love the vintage trailers and cannot afford an arctic fox so hoping to figure out a way to make a vintage (something like a 14-16 foot 60's aristocrat) a 4-season rig.... ? is it possible? thanks! If anyone else has advice please post. appreciated......

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