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Old 10-29-2020, 07:32 PM   #1
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I have a very small compartment that houses my manifold for Controlling the water operation on my rig. It got to cold and froze on me 2 winters ago. I don’t do much cold winter camping, just when I pass through NE PA in December then I winterize for a few weeks while visiting the grand kids. I got caught in a temp dip on one overnight trip and luckily thawed quickly with no issues. Someone mentioned to me to put a light bulb in this compartment. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 10-29-2020, 07:42 PM   #2
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I used a thermostatic plug with a small cube heater to keep my plumbing area from freezing.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/EasyHeat-Fr...roller/1060249
I also put a remote temp monitor in the basement to keep track of the temps.
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Old 10-29-2020, 07:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, put a light bulb in there or an electric blanket, if you use a light bulb get a clip on light and a high wattage bulb and clip it on something, I had my neighbor do this once to his boat (engine compartment) when he didn't get it winterized in time.
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Old 10-29-2020, 08:32 PM   #4
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Yeah, put a light bulb in there or an electric blanket, if you use a light bulb get a clip on light and a high wattage bulb and clip it on something, I had my neighbor do this once to his boat (engine compartment) when he didn't get it winterized in time.
It may be difficult to find a high wattage bulbs... 100w and 60w incandescents are hard to find around here... it's all CF and LED, neither of which make any heat.

A friend used this in his RV wet bay... it's a 60 watt continuous duty and ultra-durable heating pad made for chicken coops. About $60.
https://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog...x19-p3231.aspx

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Thermostatic cube like posted above
A plug in bulb socket
A 60W heavy duty Incandescent bulb (minimum)
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Old 10-29-2020, 08:37 PM   #6
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Try a light bulb.
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:38 PM   #7
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I have 3 light bulbs plugged in right now for tonight. AquaHot bay, water tank bay and hose reel bay. May not actually need them, but I'll sleep good.
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I used a thermostatic plug with a small cube heater to keep my plumbing area from freezing.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/EasyHeat-Fr...roller/1060249
I also put a remote temp monitor in the basement to keep track of the temps.
That "EasyHeat Freeze Free Pipe Heat Cable Controller" - it is a plug-in thermostat (and only $19 at Lowes) coupled with the chicken coop heating pad that I referenced would probably be the hot ticket... plug it in and ignore it forever.

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Thanks everyone. I’m trying to find a “rough surface” bulb, the kind I used in a drop light when I was a mechanic in my younger years, but they are tuff to come buy. Everything is LED now! I did come across reptile and chicken coop bulbs. I am concerned about over heating the fixture it’s screwed in to.
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Check Tractor Supply

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/catalog/heat-bulbs?

Using the thermostatic plug suggested by jacwjames ( https://www.lowes.com/pd/EasyHeat-Fr...roller/1060249 )should work
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Thanks everyone. I’m trying to find a “rough surface” bulb, the kind I used in a drop light when I was a mechanic in my younger years, but they are tuff to come buy. Everything is LED now! I did come across reptile and chicken coop bulbs. I am concerned about over heating the fixture it’s screwed in to.
I’m guessing you mean a rough service bulb?

rough service screw in lightbulb
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Look for ceramic lizard bulbs no light , it has element not tiny filament . Various wattage up to 200 you should use ceramic bases.
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Look for ceramic lizard bulbs no light , it has element not tiny filament . Various wattage up to 200 you should use ceramic bases.
I was looking at those, but the base/fixture you need is large and has a clip on mount. The compartment I have is small, maybe 12”x12” and the manifold hangs at the top and takes up half the space.
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I was looking at those, but the base/fixture you need is large and has a clip on mount. The compartment I have is small, maybe 12”x12” and the manifold hangs at the top and takes up half the space.
A CFL bulb would probably work fine in a small compartment like that. The electronics/transformer in it does generate some heat. I would say it needed to be on all the time though as some do have problems starting when the temperature is too low.
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