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Heated water hose


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I was wondering if anyone that has an electric hose reel uses a heated water hose? I've been filling up my tank and running the pump, but would really like to hook up and forget. I realize the hose diameter is larger so I'll have less hose... Any other issues with this plan? Moab is beautiful this time of year!!

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I use a heat tape with a built in auto control . It turns on and off at 37° . I wrap the feed spigot and incoming hose with the heat tape and cover both with preformed foam pipe insulation . The 30 foot heat tape is more than long enough , so I route what tape not used outside inside the water bay . We've never had a frozen issue since .

 

I do this when we set up for the Winter and dismantle when we get ready to head North . It takes very little time on either end of our stay and I never worry about frozen anything .

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unless there is a power failure in your area. If you can then switch to a gennie till the power comes back you may be ok. I always sweat a power outage as I have no generator.

 

That's were the preformed pipe insulation comes in handy . Not only does it keep the hose warmer while the tape is on , it also protects it from freezing for a much longer time . Come to think of it , we have had power outages of varying lengths ( generally shorter times ) and had no ill effects .

 

We do have a generator on board , just in case . ;)

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