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Old 12-05-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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We were at a campground where the temps get below freezing and they required we put heat tape on the sewer line. Didn't really think it was necessary since we don't keep the tanks open. We are newbies though so I thought I would check.
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Just out your hose away. Pull it out when ready to dump.

Same for fresh water hose. Operate off the tank and fill as needed.
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Pretty silly. We camp often in freezing and never seen that. You are correct, leave tanks closed and dump when you need to....it won’t freeze in the short time it takes to dump. You can leave the slinky out...freezing an empty hose won’t affect it.
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Leaving the open hole in the wet bay for the hose to exit lets heat out, though. We put the hose away when it's a hard freeze.
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Leaving the open hole in the wet bay for the hose to exit lets heat out, though. We put the hose away when it's a hard freeze.
Good point. I put steel wool around the hose to keep the critters out of that entry way but think I will ad a bit more insulation on top of it.
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. . . they required we put heat tape on the sewer line.
I guess if it's required then it's required but that's one I've never heard of before. I've heard of some CGs requiring heated freshwater hoses if left connected but never for the sewer hose.
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I bet those folks have had to clean up a really icky mess before, and decided to make a rule to prevent that from happening again.
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If you really want good cold weather heating add urethane to the underside. We used to travel in January with our 2003 Phaeton. As an added precaution, I had and industrial insulation firm spray the bottom of the basement including the wet bay tub with 2" of urethane insulation. I cut out the necessary hole for the dump hose. It made a noticeable difference in the temp of the wet bay and basement which also made the living area more comfortable.
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If you really want good cold weather heating add urethane to the underside. We used to travel in January with our 2003 Phaeton. As an added precaution, I had and industrial insulation firm spray the bottom of the basement including the wet bay tub with 2" of urethane insulation. I cut out the necessary hole for the dump hose. It made a noticeable difference in the temp of the wet bay and basement which also made the living area more comfortable.
Thanks for the tip, thats an interesting thought. I think I will read up on that and spend some time under the coach. Other than the hole for the sewer hose, no other concerns?
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Mine had an overflow tube on the right side of the fresh water tank and a couple of drain tubes in the wet bay tub. If you clamp on extensions to these tubes, then just cut them off when done. I found a shop with a pit for aligning heavy trucks and rented it for a couple hours. The commercial insulation company rep just went down in the pit with his hose and spray gun. Took less the 10 minutes to do the whole thing. It took me longer to dig out the drain tubes after the foam set up. I got lucky, as I and my dealer thought Tiffin forgot to spray insulation under the coach and he paid for it. Turned out that Tiffin started using an insulation board for the floor of the basement and I ended up with double protection. The important part was covering the wet bay. Made a big difference in temperature there.
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Mine had an overflow tube on the right side of the fresh water tank and a couple of drain tubes in the wet bay tub. If you clamp on extensions to these tubes, then just cut them off when done. I found a shop with a pit for aligning heavy trucks and rented it for a couple hours. The commercial insulation company rep just went down in the pit with his hose and spray gun. Took less the 10 minutes to do the whole thing. It took me longer to dig out the drain tubes after the foam set up. I got lucky, as I and my dealer thought Tiffin forgot to spray insulation under the coach and he paid for it. Turned out that Tiffin started using an insulation board for the floor of the basement and I ended up with double protection. The important part was covering the wet bay. Made a big difference in temperature there.
Thanks Crasher, very good information. Think I will ask around town and see if I can find somebody. I know this insulation can be expensive in a house but sure it can't be too much for a coach. Thanks again.
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When we were set up “permanently “ for two years in a CG we used a 6” PVC pipe to run the slinky thru. Never any more freezing dump hose. I don’t know how it works but it does.
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Pretty silly. We camp often in freezing and never seen that. You are correct, leave tanks closed and dump when you need to....it won’t freeze in the short time it takes to dump. You can leave the slinky out...freezing an empty hose won’t affect it.
Ever try to store one when frozen?
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Thanks for the tip, thats an interesting thought. I think I will read up on that and spend some time under the coach. Other than the hole for the sewer hose, no other concerns?
Spray on urethane is open cell, meaning it can absorb water unless covered with a sealant. At least the products used by contractors we hired.
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