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Old 09-11-2021, 02:20 PM   #1
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Adventurer Black/gray tank heat

How are the black and gray tanks heated in the Advernturer models? Our previous Class C had separate black and grey tank heater switches to activate wrap-around heater pads around each tank. We have the 36Z, and I see no tank heater switches and find no mention of tank heating in the manuals. Are the 36Z tanks heated by basement heat somehow - I notice other models mention that method.
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If your Adventurer has an enclosed underbelly then the furnace may have a heat duct that goes into area around the tanks and blows warm air into the enclosed underbelly .....IE: heated tanks
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Old 09-12-2021, 06:09 AM   #3
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The tanks in our 2013 Adventurer are heated as Old-Biscuit says. Warm air from the gas furnace is circulated through the compartments.

We use a Taylor wireless thermometer with several remote sensors to be sure the compartments stay warm. We have one sensor in the outdoor water access compartment which is open to the black and grey water tanks, one in the fresh water tank compartment, and a third in the propane compartment that provides the true outdoor temperature.

On days where the temps are in the high teens to low 20's we set the heat at 55* when we leave for the day. The compartments stay in the low to mid 40's.
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dlm1965, the holding tanks are well protected in the subflooring with some heat coming from the furnace main duct. It's the water pump and wet bay area that you have to watch and add a light bulb if it's going to be below freezing.
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The holding tanks are in enclosed space in the basement, and there is a heat duct of the propane furnace to heat the basement and keep it above freezing. If not heating with propane then you have to put heat into the enclosed space of the basement some other way such as a small low wattage space heater or light bulb heaters, done in a way that you don't catch your RV on fire.

As built, it is more of a 3 season motor home, even when using the propane furnace and leaving the hot water heater on you will have trouble with freezing in cold spots in temps below about 25 degrees.

You can DIY some improvements to make the basement better insulated such as adding insulation to the un-insulated back walls of the basement storage compartments, and making the cable entry points into the back walls of the basement storage compartments air tight. Insulation can be added to the un-insulated step well as well. Insulating the single pane glass in front is a big help too in cold or hot weather.
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Thank you to everyone for the responses - much appeciated. While we have learned much over the last five years with our Class C, this new Class A unit is a new learning curve. So great to have forums like this and others willing to share.
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How are the black and gray tanks heated in the Advernturer models? Our previous Class C had separate black and grey tank heater switches to activate wrap-around heater pads around each tank. We have the 36Z, and I see no tank heater switches and find no mention of tank heating in the manuals. Are the 36Z tanks heated by basement heat somehow - I notice other models mention that method.

The Adventurer does not have exposed tanks like most Class C coaches so its like the brochure states on page 5 on bullet point 3 "Exterior Compartments that house holding tanks are heated and closed off" so no tank heaters are required.


See: https://www.winnebago.com/Files/Imag...20exterior.pdf
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