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Old 11-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Could use some ideas

I have two issues that I could use some help with. One is the ice-maker supply line, the second is extending the power cord on my "Pirit" heated hose.

1. The ice-maker supply line in question is behind the panel located on the outside of the rig. There is also the plastic valve assembly to consider. Now that the weather is getting close to freezing, I need to come up with a way to protect these items without losing functionality...I really like my ice. Has anyone come up with a solution for this? Do you think that heat tape would work on such a small plastic line etc? Surprisingly there is a 120 volt outlet in that space 6" from the line in question.

2. My "Pirit" heated hose came with a 6' "+or-" length power cord from the factory...I got the minus length. I need to add an extension cord to make it work out. The manufacturer states that this is not an option and should never be done. I'm thinking that with such low amp draws that there is no reason not to. Liability is the only reason I can come up with why they would say this. If you had an unprotected connection in the rain for example, issues could arise.

Anyone have any thoughts on how to deal with these issues?

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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A light bulb for the ice maker valve and water line.

Assuming you only need 2 or 3 feet of extension you could probably just use the same gauge wire and spice in the piece using waterproof connectors.

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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I was in Arizona down around Tucson a few years back and it was in the winter months I was not sure if the water would freeze or not.
I had a water fillter connected on the out side of the M.H. so I loosen the outlet line to the fillter just enought to let the water drip, that way the line would not freeze up. (hopefully not, anyway) but their was ice in the fillter the next morning but the lines in side of my M.H. were O.K.
I live in Northen California where it get a little cool in the winter months so I do the same thing to any water pipes that are exsposed to the elements.
Now this was while I was hooked up to the camps water supply I never thought about it if I was dry camping I would not want the water pump on all night.
Just a thought.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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As for the extension.. Sure, you can. Get whats called an 'Appliance Extension Cord'. They are heavier duty and can prolly handle more amps than the original cord. They also come in short 3', 6', 9' etc, etc lengths.
Here is a link to show you, but any place like ACE will have them. Amazon.com: PETRA 15-0312 Appliance Extension Cord, 12-Foot: Home Improvement
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:53 AM   #5
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I read somewhere about using Christmas tree lights for this. I'm not sure which type of bulbs though. Maybe the LEDs would produce enough heat.
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