Tuesday, 17 December 2013

TankBlanket: It's a Turkey Shoot!!


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works


TankBlanket: It’s a Turkey Shoot!!

The Campervan & Caravan Tank Heater Pad


In the words of a famous actor, it’s a ‘No brainer’!
Simply fit TankBlanket to winterise your motorhome, campervan or caravan.
We understand ‘No brainer’ to generally mean something that requires little mental effort or intelligence to perform! So, just to clarify, we do not believe you are IQ deficient, although thinking about it, statistically some of you must be!

We just wish to reinforce the message that TankBlanket is the proverbial part of the ‘Dog’ in terms of motorhome or caravan winterisation.
TankBlanket is proven to work in America at -24 °C and has been cold chamber tested in the UK at -15°C with outstanding results.
The adhesive that attaches TankBlanket to the bottom of the tank becomes more aggressive with age and although it is designed for ten years service a number of units have been in operation for over twenty years!
Its nearest competition, the in-tank probe or ‘Frostat’ can protect a fresh or waste water tank up to 45 Litres while TankBlanket protects up to 121 Litres. Comparing purchase cost, ‘Frostat’ is around £1.73 per litre while TankBlanket is only £1.12 per litre!
And if you include fitting cost TankBlanket becomes even more attractive!
And remember, you have to drill the tank to fit Frostat not only once but three times for a 120 Litre tank! Yes, you have to fit three Frostats to one TankBlanket for a typical fresh water tank! And generally you have to fit two ‘Frostats’ to one TankBlanket on a waste water tank!
Three holes potentially mean three leaks! But one peel & stick TankBlanket is guaranteed not to cause leaks. It’s impossible.
TankBlanket can be easily retro-fitted even if a ‘Frostat’ is currently installed. We have a nationwide Dealer network or you can even install it yourself with our installation Kit and website support.


If you are thinking of selling your campervan or caravan now or in the future, then, why not gain a competitive edge, add a unique selling point and upgrade to TankBlanket; it could well hasten your sale and improve your exchange value! Or, just upgrade anyway and enjoy your vehicle all year round! The desire to use motorhomes and caravans throughout the year is a trend that is growing in popularity. Although a major inhibitor to this is the potential for the fresh and waste water system to freeze; The TankBlanket System overcomes this by providing a comprehensive winterisation solution that works.
'Turkey Shoot', 'No Brainer'? As a point of interest the term ‘Turkey Shoot’ is generally thought to originate from a method of hunting wild turkeys, whereby, the hunter, when stumbling upon a flock would scatter them. He would then wait for their return to the same location, which in most cases was as individuals, thus making them easy targets. The first recorded origin of ‘No Brainer’ was in 'The Berrys' cartoon, by Carl Grubert, which appeared in the Long Beach Independent, December 1959.
So to end, TankBlanket is a breeze, a walk in the park. … As easy as 123!
TankBlanket has:
  • A low cost compared to its rivals.
  • Proven performance.
  • Proven endurance and robustness.
  • A quicker Installation time than its main rival with no risk of leakage.
TankBlanket v Competition?
It`s a Turkey Shoot!
TankBlanket is The Tank Heater for Winterisation that Works!

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Have you found this blog informative, interesting?

If so please leave a comment. Thanks in advance. 

Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
If so, please visit our website and leave feedback on our ‘Ideas’ tag,

located on the left hand side of our home page. 


To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Quick Start Guide 2 - Combining TankBlanket Electrical Circuits


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

 Quick Start Guide for The TankBlanket System

The Motorhome & Caravan Tank Heater Pad

The TankBlanket Quick Start Guide  aims to present a series of blogs that provide a clear and precise introduction to the installation and use of The TankBlanket System.

Links to more detailed information about the heat pad will be embedded in each Blog.
 
For simplicity and clarity, we will deal with one element of the system at a time, although, please contact us if you require further assistance or if you need information on a subject that has not been covered.

TankBlanket & PipeBlanket in parallel


  

QSG2  – Combining TankBlanket Electrical Circuits

Several TankBlankets, PipeBlankets or a combination of TankBlanket and PipeBlanket can be powered from a shared 12 V dc electrical circuit providing a number of conditions are met and a certain amount of caution is taken.

The Conditions are:
 
  • All TankBlanket & PipeBlanket heat pads must be connected in parallel.

  • All the ‘live’/+ve feeds from TankBlanket and PipeBlanket are connected together with the ‘live’/+ve feed from the 12 V dc power source.

  • All the ‘neutral’/-ve feeds from TankBlanket and PipeBlanket are connected together with the ‘neutral’/-ve feed from the 12 V dc power source.

  • The circuit must be earthed.

  • The circuit must be switched.

  • The circuit must be protected by a 15 A fuse.

  • The total circuit draw must be less than 15 amps.

  • Please refer to the photograph of the circuit below:
 

http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/information/electrical-diagrams/
A TankBlanket and two PipeBlankets connected in parallel 

  

The Precautions are:

http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/the-system/
PipeBlanket
Fluid must always be present in the tanks and pipes when TankBlanket and PipeBlanket heat pads are switched on.

If no fluid is present when a Pipe or TankBlanket is switched on then damage to both the pipe, tank and/or blanket could occur.

We recommend that you only combine Tank and/or Pipe Blankets together on the same power circuit when you are absolutely sure that fluid will be present in each tank and pipe being protected when the circuit is switched on.
If each Tank or Pipe Blanket has its own circuit and therefore its own switch it gives you the flexibility to switch each circuit on/off depending on whether there is fluid in the tank or pipe. For example, if you have an empty waste tank and a full fresh water tank then as the ambient temperature falls below zero you will be able to keep the waste tank heater pad switched 'off' while the fresh water tank can be protected by having its own heater pad switched 'on'. If they were on the same circuit then you would not be able to do this.
The current rating of each TankBlanket element is:
  1. TankBlanket 121 is 5.0A.
  2. TankBlanket 90 is 4.0A.
  3. PipeBlanket is 2.5A.

So, for example, you can connect in parallel:
  • Three 121 Litre capacity TankBlankets.
  • Three 90 Litre capacity TankBlankets.
  • Six PipeBlankets
  • One TankBlanket 121, one TankBlanket 90 and two PipeBlankets.
 
For detailed product specifications please follow:
 


TankBlanket & PipeBlanket after years in service!
 
Our Recommendation:

We recommend that, unless you are absolutely sure that when switched 'on' fluid will be present in each element of the TankBlanket system being powered off the same circuit, then you should install each TankBlanket element with its own switched circuit.

The electrical circuit is available to download from:




TankBlanket is The Tank Heater for Winterisation that Works!


Have you found this blog informative, interesting?

If so please leave a comment. Thanks in advance. 


Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
If so, please visit our website and leave feedback on our ‘Ideas’ tag,

located on the left hand side of our home page. 
 

To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:

 

http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/

  

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Quick Start Guide 1 – Installation of TankBlanket


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

 Quick Start Guide for The TankBlanket System

The Motorhome & Caravan Tank Heater Pad


The TankBlanket Quick Start Guide  aims to present a series of blogs that provide a clear and precise introduction to the installation and use of The TankBlanket System.

Links to more detailed information will be embedded in each Blog.
For simplicity and clarity, we will deal with one element of the system at a time, although, please contact us if you require further assistance or if you need information on a subject that has not been covered.


QSG1 – Installation of a single TankBlanket

Below we present four simple steps to install a single TankBlanket heater pad. They are preparation, positioning, the electrical circuit and commissioning.

The salient points are presented in bullet form; for detailed installation guidelines please visit:

The installation guidelinesand the electrical circuit are available to download from:


1.0 Preparation

TankBlanket the motorhome or caravan fresh and waste water tank heater pad:

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Applied to the BOTTOM of the tank with a side overlap
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Applied to the BOTTOM of the tank - flexible TankBlanket
  • Can be fitted to any poly-plastic fresh or waste water tank.
  • Must not be fitted to any form of metal or conductive surface.
  • Must be fitted to a surface that has been cleaned using an alcohol based cleaning agent.
  • Must be fitted when the ambient temperature is greater than 10 °C.
  • Must be fitted to the bottom of the tank.
  • Must be fitted directly to the tank and not across any metal holding straps.
  • Must be completely attached to the surface of the tank.
  • Is flexible and can be wrapped up the side of the tank, although the majority of the heater pad must remain on the base of the tank.
  • Can be fitted onto a ribbed or grooved tank. Carefully apply the heater pad to the contour of the tank making sure the entire pads surface is in contact with the tank.







For detailed installation guidelines please visit:



www.tankblanket.co.uk/
Peel & Stick - simple

2.0 Positioning

For best results the TankBlanket heater pad must be positioned:
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Applied to the BOTTOM of the Tank
  • On the bottom of the tank.
  • As close to the outlet drain as possible.
  • Below the internal water pump.
  • Under any tank holding/retaining straps, NOT across the top of them.
  • So the lump, that is, the thermostat is not covered by the tank holding straps.






Tip1: Place a rubber strip between the heater pad and tank metal retaining straps. It prevents the pad possibly being rubbed/ cut by the metal holding strap.

Tip2:If an internal pump is fitted in the tank, then from our experience with cold chamber testing, it is better to position the feed pipe so it enters through the sidewall rather than the top of the tank. This prevents an ice 'slug' forming where the pump feed pipe enters the water in the tank. With the feed pipe entering the side wall of the tank a ice 'slug' is prevented from forming due to being under the 'waterline'. Refer to our Dealer/Converter leaflet from: http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/downloads/

For detailed installation guidelines please visit:



3.0 Electrical Circuit

The TankBlanket heater pad must be:

  • Powered by a 12 Vdc supply from the Leisure battery.
  • Protected by a 15 amp fuse.
  • Protected by a 10A rated LED Switch.
  • Powered through a single stand alone circuit.


For detailed installation guidelines please visit:



For the electrical circuit diagram please visit:


TankBlanket fitted !


4.0 Commissioning

To commission the TankBlanket heater pad:
  • Turn the switch on. The LED light will light up showing there is power.
  • If the ambient temperature is above 7°C place a freezer block over the pad thermostat, that is, the raised lump. This will fool the thermostat.
  • The centre of the tank heater pad should feel warm. Your TankBlanket is installed correctly.

For detailed installation guidelines please visit:

  

The detailed guidelines on installation along with electrical circuits are available to download from:





TankBlanket is The Tank Heater for Winterisation that Works!

  



Have you found this blog informative, interesting?



If so please leave a comment. Thanks in advance. 



Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

If so, please visit our website and leave feedback on our ‘Ideas’ tag,

located on the left hand side of our home page. 


To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:




http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/
  

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Dealers & Converters : TankBlanket - The Motorhome & Caravan Tank Heater


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

 Dealer & Converters: TankBlanket – The Motorhome Tank Heater
 
http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/
 
 
 
Premier Leisure Products would like to introduce TankBlanket. 

 
 
It is no secret that winterisation is the next battleground for manufacturers as consumers change their behaviour and demand to use their vehicles throughout the year.
  
TankBlanket, the tank heater, satisfies this requirement through providing a genuine cost effective solution that works.


TankBlanket : The Motorhome & Caravan Heater ..... Winterisation that wroks!
The Motorhome tank heater
 Within the leisure industry and amongst consumers it is common knowledge that the traditional in-tank probe does not provide a robust solution to winterisation. A single probe has a capacity of only 45 litres and is suspended inside the tank which can result in leaks and it has a lengthy installation time. TankBlanket is available in two sizes and protects tanks up to 90 and 121L capacities, is applied to the outside of the tank, needs no drilling and is guaranteed not to cause leaks.
 

TankBlanket is a thermostatically controlled tank heater pad and requires a 12V dc fused and switched power supply. It can be powered by a 240V hook up feed through the vehicle leisure battery.
 


TankBlanket at -15 degC
TankBlanket out performs the current in-tank probe at all levels including material and labour costs. It is the best selling Motorhome winterisation system in America and is certified and listed with third party testing houses throughout the world and specifically Europe. Units installed in 1991 are still operating today.
 
 
 
It has been cold chamber tested in the UK with exceptional results. Refer to our pictorial blog and see for yourself.... its performance amazed everyone involved!
 
 
 
Below are some guidelines on how to install and operate TankBlanket but support is available from Premier Leisure Products at anytime. TankBlanket is being developed into a complete modular winterisation system covering all aspects of fresh and waste water protection facilitating true four season motorhoming.
 
 
TankBlanket should ALWAYS be:-
 
  • Located on the bottom of the holding tank and lay flat.
  • Positioned as close to the feed outlet pipe as is practical and if space is restricted, TankBlanket can be wrapped around the sides of the tank, but, the majority of the pad MUST still be positioned on the Tank bottom.
  • If the fresh or waste water tank has grooves or ribs then, still position the TankBlanket  as close to the outlet pipe as is practical and select a position that minimises contact with them.
  • The ambient temperature must be at or above 10 °C when applying the TankBlanket to the fresh or waste water tank.
  • TankBlanket should never be fitted over the metal straps; it MUST always be fitted directly onto the tank.
  • Do not position the TankBlanket so that the tank metal straps cover the sensor, which is the 6mm X 19mm raised lump close to where the power leads enter the pad.
  • When pre-cleaning the tank only use soap & water and an Alcohol based wipe.
 
http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/


 To operate TankBlanket:-
 
  • Make sure TankBlanket is only used when there is liquid in the holding tank.
  • Turn 'ON' TankBlanket when you know the ambient temperature will approach freezing. The LED illuminated switch will indicate there is power to the circuit.
  • When the temperature in the holding tank drops to 6.7 °C the thermostat on TankBlanket will turn the heater element 'ON'.
  • When the contents of the tank rises to 18 °C the TankBlanket thermostat will turn the system 'OFF'.
  • Turn the TankBlanket power switch 'OFF' when draining fluid, hooking up or starting a power generator. This will prevent any damage to the built-in thermostat.
  • Turn 'OFF' the TankBlanket power switch when the ambient temperature remains above freezing.

  

 TankBlanket is The Tank Heater for Winterisation that Works!
 

http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/
 

Interested in becoming part of the TankBlanket story?
Please contact us at:






 

Have you found this blog informative, interesting?

If so please leave a comment. Thanks in advance. 

Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
If so, please visit our website and leave feedback on our ‘Ideas’ tag,
located on the left hand side of our home page. 
 
To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:
http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/
 
 

 
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