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Old 08-10-2020, 01:57 PM   #1
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Newbie-need advice from experienced folk

Puchased a Chateau 24BL...does not have heated grey and black tank option (although places where the switches go are on the panel_. Dealer can add this (slightly expensive).
But - here's where I need advice:
Would it be good to get them added by the dealer?
Reason for asking:
- When younger we pop-up camped out west in the summer and experienced freezing weather in the Mountains and,
- We might take unit in winter (Michigan/cold) south for a few weeks and would experience cold temps travelling.
So...would it be advisable to get this added?
Thanks so much for sharing your experience...dwm

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Old 08-10-2020, 02:22 PM   #2
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Just my opinion, but unless you plan to do a lot of winter camping I think I wouldn’t bother. As long as it stays above freezing during the day you may not experience a problem and even if the tanks do freeze while you travel south for the winter they will thaw when you get there so you can empty them then. It all depends on how you plan to camp.

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Old 08-10-2020, 02:30 PM   #3
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We've taken our Axis to FL in December starting in Michigan. (Yeah we have heated tanks but I've yet to turn on the heaters.)

On our trip(s) South in the winter I simply dewinterize at the first overnight stop (usually a KOA). Up until then we'd use rest area bathrooms or gas station bathrooms. That usually isn't necessary because we've also started our trip south after work on Friday and only drove to Southern Ohio or Northern KY before stopping--far enough south that you should be ok. Even so with the furnace running the inside of the coach is nice and toasty. (Your fresh water tank is likely inside so it gets its warmth from the furnace. The waste tanks just dump some antifreeze in them until you get to warmer temps..no issue.)

Er so TL;DR you don't need them.
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Old 08-10-2020, 02:30 PM   #4
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There's a very good chance to extremely good chance the wire is already ran and all you're missing is the $30 heating pads that glue on to the tank. Take a look for a bundle of wire going nowhere near your tanks.
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