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Old 11-13-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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How important are Enclosed Holding Tanks

Hi all,

Newbie here looking at purchasing my first motorhome. Until recently, I have been concerned mostly with floorplans, but am quickly realizing that I should be concentrating more on build quality. One thing that has caught my eye are enclosed holding tanks. Is this feature important mostly for winter campers? Or are there other benefits to having enclosed holding tanks that I'm not seeing? I've noticed that my front runner for purchase, Winnebago Access, does not have enclosed tanks or dump station and I'd like to see if this is a big reason to look at other manufactures that design this aspect better.

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Primarily for cold weather camping, in my opinion.

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Yes, the enclosed tanks are mainly to allow use into marginal weather months. Be aware also in shopping for an RV, pay attention to weights.
Some RV manufacturers build so close to the capacity of the vehicle you go over the rating as soon as you add people, food, living necessities and water. If you plan to tow a car for use when you get somewhere, check the hitch capacity and towing capacity of the vehicle. This information is usually found in a closet or cabinet, don't go by the dealer's say so.

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #4
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If you plan on doing any camping when temps dive below freezing, you will not be well-served by a rig that doesn't have enclosed tanks. With enclosed tanks, you also get enclosed plumbing and much of your tank drainage lines will be protected from the cold wind. You can always get around the problem by not filling or using your water system, but what fun is that? I've done it both ways but enclosed is much better, IMHO.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys. I'm assuming there's also the benefit of keeping the drainage area cleaner by protecting it from road debris.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:10 PM   #6
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Go ahead and get enclosed tanks; we've had the poop tank freeze in a camper; not fun lol

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