Water tank heaters

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  1. colmorangie

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    Folks
    Just bought a auto trail tracker and going through the menu on the control panel it says water tank heaters on off ? I assume therefore we have heaters in the tanks to stop from freezing in the winter?
    Question one how can we be sure they are fitted, says nothing in the instructions?
    Question two. Assuming we have them do I assume they are powered off the 12 volt system ?
    Last but not least when do I put them on, only when it's cold or is it on a thermostat so I can leave on all the time and they just kick in when needed or would that burn them out when I forget and empty my tanks........
     
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    Sorry pressed post to early......... Many thanks in advance for any help given.
     
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    Trouble is, Autotrail use the same control panel no matter what..
    We have on our menu, tank heaters ( not fitted ) external pump ( not fitted ) and a couple of other things.
     
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    Is it a Sargent panel? We also had a tank heater button on the panel, when I pressed it, a light came on, leading me to believe the tanks were fitted with heaters. They weren't!
    But, I bought and fitted internal frost heaters and bought a wiring loom from Sargent, so now when the button is pressed, it turns the heaters on. They are thermostatically controlled though so only come on when the water in the tank drops below about 3 degrees C.
     
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    NO....
    It's a standard feature in the menu system but the tank heater is NOT fitted as standard it's an optional extra.
    So you need to check with your dealers or Autotrail. Have the build number ready as they should tell from that.

    The tank heaters do take a fair power drain so if you do have it be careful how you use it unless on EHU..
     
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    As we picking up an Autotrail Tracker fairly soon I will follow this thread with interest. We have been told that it has tank heaters fitted. As the motor home will be winterised and going into storage I would like to know that I can switch them off. As we are new to motor homes we have a lot to learn. I hope the answer is just making sure that the power is off. Another question to ask at handover!
     
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    When you store your Tracker you will be emptying all tanks so they will be off(y)
     
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    Hi
    Yes the tanks will be emptied.
     
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    Hi.. all Frontier models have tank heaters as standard.. and they are fully winterised. On non Frontier models it's an optional extra.. I must say they should have them as standard across the ranges.. Our previous Apache 700 (2016 model) had it as an optional extra..

    You can switch on and off manually although the heaters electronically shut on or off when it gets to a certain temperature.
     
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    Good luck with your new Tracker. Good choice.
    We just came back from Croatia and Slovenia in our EKS and did 2,500 trouble free miles.
    It will be 3 years old next March and has 15,500 miles on the clock.
    So DO enjoy yours.
    Mitch.
     
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    Depends on yours and others definition of "fully winterised"..
    I very much doubt that you will ever see that term mentioned by Autotrail..

    Generally a "fully winterised" van will have a double floor with all tanks and pipework encased and in some cases heated..
    All Autotrails, even Frontiers have tanks under the floor within the chassis framework and at best they are lagged and insulated...
     
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    Jenny and Mitch
    Our soon to be Tracker eks is just 3 years old and also has 15,000 on the clock.

    I suppose what I want reassuring about is that I can turn the heaters off and avoid a knackered leisure battery.
     
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