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Old 11-07-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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I bought two of the low-wattage (200 watt) electric heaters from Wal-Mart, I think they were Lasko My-Heat, and with the Thermo Cube units above I installed them in my tank compartment and the equipment bay that has my water pump, water manifold, and lots of water lines. No worries now!
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #16
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In order to heat that area , our bedroom gas furnace has to run . This makes it extremely hot in the bedroom .
Just turn the thermostat down! Unless the g-kids are living down there (our g-son considered it) the basement doesn't need to be "warm" ...just above freezing. We set the stat where we please, and use a wireless thermometer in the critical basement areas. We stayed in temps of 15 below and colder for a brutal week once. Walking on the tile floor was a real eye opener, but basement temps stayed 38 and above.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:28 PM   #17
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You would be surprised at how much heat a light bulb will put out. Where we live most people just use a light bulb to heat their pump houses with very good success in the most extreme cold conditions.
If it works for an "EasyBake Oven" it will certainly work for your basement! Make sure it's a NEW bulb (terrible to have it burn out just when it's really needed!), and an old-style incandescent one (LED or compact florescent won't generate enough heat). I'd buy a spare as well.

Make sure the bulb is well away from any plastic tubes or pipes!
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:33 PM   #18
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I am currently using a light similar to a trouble light that had it at 40 degrees while it was 23 degrees outside last night.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #19
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I went with a shop light , slightly bigger than a trouble light , with a 60 watt bulb . It has been working excellent. Only $10.00 complete at Wally World .
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If you're using a 120v heater that you plug into a MH outlet make sure it doesn't run through the inverter. If it does it could burn out your inverter . I had a couple of outlets run that have their own breakers that do not run through the inverter.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:52 AM   #21
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I use a cube type heater set on the low setting. This is the device that I use to control the temperature with.

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This allows me to "sense" the temperature in a remote location to then turn the heater on and off.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:49 PM   #22
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I bought an electric heater at Walmart.for 15.00.I do not remember the name but it was white and I bought it because it was a lot thinner than the cubes and easier to get in place in the water bay. I also liked that it has mechanical power on switch and a mechanical setting for the thermostat. No digital operation so if power goes out I would not have to reset it. I ran a power cable through the opening for the septic hose so I could close the door and plugged into the pedestal. The tanks are on the other side of a panel that is open to the wet bay so the heat can get from the wet bay to the tanks to keep them from freezing. I have an indoor outdoor thermometer in my bedroom with the outside transmitter in the wet bay area. I set the thermostat at a fairly low temp setting ( does not have numbers) and it kept the temp in that area at 55 degrees all night and the temp got down to 20 degrees.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:14 PM   #23
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Not sure if you can do this,, But on my RV there is a gap of a few inches between the bottom of the tank and the bottom of the bay.

Remember those old C-9 Style OUTDOOR, Christmas tree lights.. Well each one is 9 watts of heat (If you get incandescent that is) They do not get hot enough to melt plastic (A 15 watt lamp will) so you can just lay 'em on the floor of the bay. Tis. the season where you can find 'em at Lowes, Home, Depot, Wal-mart (if you are lucky, I do not have much luck there) and other stores.

On the far end (in the area with the dump valves) I put a 100 watt "ROUGH SERVICE" drop light type light.

All this gets power via a thermostatic outlet,, Turns on at (in theory) 35 and off around 40 or 45 degrees.

Ran power cords through EXISTING openings (no drilling required)


The fresh water (outside) hose has a string of incandescant rope lights duct-taped to it, a 2nd thermostatic outlet adapter (This time OUTSIDE the RV) powers it.

Works great.

I got the thermostatic outlet adapter at either Lowes or Home Depot on one, and I think Tractor Supply or Farm & Fleet on the other. These are used to control heat tapes. Eve defrosters, and cattle tank heaters.
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