Heat tape - anybody tried it ?

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  1. poacher

    poacher Read Only Funster

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    Unlike some of the lucky ones, we are unable to escape to British weather this winter :cry:

    Does anyone have any experience of 'heat tape' - normally 'wound' around exposed domestic pipes to prevent freezing (as if winter's in the UK are cold !! )

    This is a link to the sort of thing we are considering -
    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Ind...ape/index.html

    From other research it seems that the 'self regulating tape is preferable - it also means that I don't have to firstly wrap all the pipe work in aluminum tape

    Intend to further 'insulate' the water pipe work that I can reach but would appreciate any feed back from any who might have used this tape before deciding if it is a worthwhile investment under the insulation

    Thanks in anticipation

    poacher
     
  2. GJH

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    Your link didn't work but I think This is the page you meant.

    We've used our van in all months of the year over the last four years, with no more protection than the manufacturer fitted as standard and not had any problems. To an extent I think it depends as to how much of the pipes are inside the van and how much are outside.

    On our van all the water pipes are internal, the only ones underneath being the pipe to the grey waste tank and the drainage pipes from grey and fresh tanks. For English winters I would have thought wrapping in foam insulation would be sufficient for those - if, indeed, anything at all were needed.

    Graham
     
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    Used our van all last winter with just the manufactures fitted insulation. The only thing different to summer is we leave the water heater on low to stop it "dumping". Also our heater is under the sink so we leave the door open when we are in the van, puts a little heat in the van. :thumb:
     
  4. poacher

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    Graham,

    Thanks for 'correct' link - not sure why it didn't copy over correctly

    Yes that is the 'stuff' under consideration

    Unfortunately 'all' our 'city water' piping, drainage etc connections are below the motorhome floor- the pipework also runs across the coach to the filter and water heater - so you can see my concern

    A mamouth job to fit insultation so thought I might kill two birds with one stone, so to speakby fitting the tape beneath the insulation

    poacher
     
  5. Dodgey

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    Interesting?

    I feel further investigation required as, Winne's grey tank hangs under the back of the van and last year, OK it was extreme, at one point it was -6 during the day:Eeek:, we had a couple of frozen issues, base of the tank and the outlet pipe, just meant we couldn't empty.

    This may be an option I hadn't seen before as the Yank stuff get pricey quickly, espesially for the pipe, the tank heaters aren't to bad it's once you start adding all the other bits.
     
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    Insulation does not stop freezups, it delays them. So you are working on the right lines. Hellish expensive isn't it.
     
  7. slobadoberbob

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    we leave our heating on auto


    Our pipes on the whole on a yank are protected, but I do leave my gas hot air heating on auto so if the tempreture drops to freezing it kicks in an keeps the chill off the inside of the RV... uses LPG from the main tank and also I have a 80watt tube green house heater fitted on the table so keep a small background heat running off the 240v hook up from the house.. I have made up a felt pad that I put over the external locker (inside) on my Attwood water heater if I have not drained the water from the heater down... last winter was cold in the South of the UK and we had serious snow at times and many many days below freezing.. but we got through it OK.. I also used a dehumidifier on a timer and that drained in to the sink and I left the grey tank open.. the black was open but not in use so no freeze up there either.. I do see a lot of the pipe foam you buy at B&Q in use in the RV. My water tank in inboard so the heat from the blower keeps that free from ice.

    You have to just use what is best for your motor home.

    Good luck with it

    Bob:thumb:
     
  8. Snowbird

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    A cheap and chearfull way to stop your tanks freezing up is as I posted some time ago in another thread.
    I droped a small tropical fishtank heater in both my gray and fresh water tanks,they take no power and do the job.
     
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    We have "winterised" using the pipe foam on all pipes, both under and inside our unit, we also have a tap where we can drain directly outside without diverting it to the grey tank . Our black waste goes to a marine style holding tank, a good dollupe of anti freeze keeps this "fluid" for the winter ! Last year we had no problems ,even in Scotland, don't know what the temperture was but our brass monkey was doing a lot of clutching his nether regions
     
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    you could always get one of those reptile heat mats from the pet shop for under the tanks:thumb:
     
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