Ralph L Staub
just finished putting the 199fks to bed for the winter. Now, with all that work, Ive got the bug again. :-) I think I'll be looking at "4 seasoning" the retro this next year. Tank blankets, heated pipe insulation, etc... any words of advice?
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retro195man
No. But I'll be watching to see what you do and look forward  to the pics. 
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TrikePete
Ralph L Staub wrote:
just finished putting the 199fks to bed for the winter. Now, with all that work, Ive got the bug again. :-) I think I'll be looking at "4 seasoning" the retro this next year. Tank blankets, heated pipe insulation, etc... any words of advice?

Hello, not real advise but.... before picking up my 177SE, I had it undercoated and also had the paint protection package done. I bought the rubber insulation from Home Depot last week and did all my exposed hoses underneath the camper (just in case). We normally just get a snow dusting a couple of times during Winter here in Northeast NC and a few periods of below freezing temps.

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the5reeds
All I can say is WOW  ... a great project. I too can't wait to see how you go about doing this. I have also thought about doing some kind of secondary "under-floor" stuffed full of insulation. Heat tape on the exposed pex water lines would be pretty easy and cheap to accomplish, but those water tanks...hmmm..
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Ralph L Staub
the5reeds wrote:
... but those water tanks...hmmm..


SEEMS pretty easy... I’m sure I’ll discover differently 🤭

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Fresh-Water/Therma-Heat/277-000164.html?feed=npn&gclid=CjwKCAiAmb7RBRATEiwA7kS8VO6_X3hTy6L-HH848_6OREG_waChuErp4W54KIV3uHAZZUFi_KevNhoCDyEQAvD_BwE
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the5reeds
Yeah, Ralph, that tank heater pad looks pretty straight forward and inexpensive. Are you planning on insulating the floor at all?
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Ralph L Staub
Haven’t decided on the floor. THATS a big project. I don’t typically boondock, so heat is easy to come by 🔌. Probably do other stuff first, then see how bad the floor might be. Winter destinations would be somewhere warmer than here anyway... ☀️😎
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zendafus
Any tips on how/where to connect power for the heating pads? I have a 199FKS. Thanks!
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sunvalleyjoe
Sounds like a big project. Our Jayco has the 4 seasons package. The previous owner had it made that way. Not sure howthey heat the holding tanks and water tanks. We have it set up with siding and still get cold some nights. We are in The Sierra Nevada Mts with it at 6000 ft.But only 45 miles from home just in case . The whole belly pan is covered and sealed we have to wrap heat tape on water line inlet. GBA!!SVJ
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maryfilen
anyone insulate their tanks yet?  Just bought a trailer and need to insulate the tanks. 
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retro195man
maryfilen wrote:
anyone insulate their tanks yet?  Just bought a trailer and need to insulate the tanks. 

I was thinking since I'm on the road and ran into a cold night. I keep a gallon of antifreeze in the camper. 
My idea... don't know how well it would work but... pour some in the toilet and down the sink for both tanks. Of coarse if you know it's going to be cold empty your tanks first. 
Inside the trailer i would open the cabinets and the warmth in the camper would keep from freezing. 
There are exposed pipes under the trailer and I'm thinking of using expanding foam and before letting it dry cover with heavy plastic to help preserve the foam. 
The water tank. I have an idea... wrap with electric hose line, but you would have to keep plugged in or have a generator handy. 
Some ideas.... and what I'm planning.
I'm open to some other ideas if anyone had any. 
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Alabama Jim
Not so cold, but we camped a week in 32 degrees and snow and had no trouble.  I know a fresh water hose warmer would come in handy.  The heater kept all warm on our trip.
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