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Old 11-01-2013
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I have a 1990 sp36 new owner when I had a water leak under the sink I found the heat tape had burned the water line I was very surprised to see that and lucky to have a water leak
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Old 11-13-2013
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Smile FRESHWATER TANK HEAT PAD

When I removed the fresh water tank to fix a leak, I found the floor "scorched" under the heater pad. In a previous post I mentioned that it was 90watts. I still have it and re-looked at the print on it and its states 900Watts(I didn't see a decimal point)! Its about a foot square and its little thermostat is molded into the unit. It might have shared a circuit breaker with something else. The wires looked pretty thin.

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Old 11-14-2013
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On my 87 I have the breakers shut off and I have unplugged the heat cable from behind the kitchen sink. I have a electric baseboard heater under the kitchen sink and under the bed.
What else should I be disconnecting before I turn on the breakers ?

What do the battery heaters look like, I thought they mount on each battery ?

Anything to look for on engine block heater ?

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Kiki,
On my '84 FC the battery heaters fit in between the batteries and are controlled by an on/off switch behind the drivers seat...
They are flat square heating elements that fit between the batts...

My block heater has a switch right in front of the passenger's feet area, it has a lighted switch, also same for batt heater switch

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Kiki,
On my '84 FC the battery heaters fit in between the batteries and are controlled by an on/off switch behind the drivers seat...
They are flat square heating elements that fit between the batts...

My block heater has a switch right in front of the passenger's feet area, it has a lighted switch, also same for batt heater switch

HTH
I have switches I haven't checked to see if they function. I know I haven't seen the battery heaters, but my Bird has been in warm climates most of its life. I'll climb under there when I get a chance and see if can tell where they once were wired in.
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Old 11-14-2013
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HI:

In my 1989 SP36 I found a circuit breaker that was labeled "battery heater",
but I found no evidence of battery heaters ever being previously installed
amongst the coach batteries nor engine batteries.
There are are no 120 Volt wires in the coach battery compartment. If I wanted a little heat in that compartment, I would pack some fiberglass to keep the winter breezes and slush out of that compartment and put a small heater like a
60W appliance light bulb with a shatter guard. There may be inexpensive
contact heaters available, but I'd want them to be energy limited and failsafe and fireproof (if there is such a thing).

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Sorry to bring this up, but winters coming. What have most people done, I know some have shut off the breakers but I wanted to get the wiring.

I unplugged the one heat tape under the kitchen sink, and turned the electric baseboard all the way down. I know about this junction box in the rear under the bed that runs the electric baseboard and the heat tape in the rear. Cut the wires in the box ? Are there any other places that I am missing.
Are the electric baseboards a hazard, do they work, has anyone found alternatives maybe a small ceramic ?


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the baseboard heaters can be removed and cleaned. the old heat tape, under watertank mats, battery warm mats should be disconnected
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Kiki, What Ernie said. I don't hesitate to use my electric heaters, when I'm in the coach. I don't leave them on when I'm not though. I use a small ceramic heater in the basement and one inside when we are not in the coach and it is parked in my garage. They are only turned on when I think the temp may drop too low in the garage. Usually keep the garage above freezing with the pellet stove I keep out there, but on occasion I run out or am just too lazy to fill it. Anyway, I don't know your situation of where you store it in the winter but if your outside the best bet is to just winterize it and forget it. I keep mine ready to travel all the time or I use it as guest quarters, so there is water in it all the time.
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Kiki, What Ernie said. I don't hesitate to use my electric heaters, when I'm in the coach. I don't leave them on when I'm not though. I use a small ceramic heater in the basement and one inside when we are not in the coach and it is parked in my garage. They are only turned on when I think the temp may drop too low in the garage. Usually keep the garage above freezing with the pellet stove I keep out there, but on occasion I run out or am just too lazy to fill it. Anyway, I don't know your situation of where you store it in the winter but if your outside the best bet is to just winterize it and forget it. I keep mine ready to travel all the time or I use it as guest quarters, so there is water in it all the time.
Thanks Jim, and Erine.
I was mainly concerned about the fire danger and relying on the systems that are in place to keep the pipes from freezing, and I wanted to get the source so I could turn my breakers on. I had the Bird in a heated warehouse this last winter but winterized anyway. I was hoping to use to coach more this winter and wanted to modify the existing systems(ie heat tape) so they were safe from fire or ice. There is a post by Jon C, about using some McMaster Carr heat tape in place of the existing stuff, I wasn't sure about the electric baseboards and if there is a better option.
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