Thursday, 21 November 2013

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


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

 Dealer & Converters: TankBlanket – The Motorhome Tank Heater
 
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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.
 
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 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!
 

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Tyre care : Motorhome & Caravan Winterisation

TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

TankBlanket: The water tank heater

 
UV Tyre Damage: Prevent it with The TankBlanket WheelJacket
 
One attribute of a motorhome or caravan that should always be at the forefront of an owners mind is tyres. A typical leisure vehicle travels three thousand miles per year compared to twelve thousand for a private car, and this has significant implications for tyre safety.
We are not advocating paranoia but diligence.
 
In general tyres should be inspected regularly for wear and damage, but this becomes even more imperative for low mileage vehicles, such as motorhomes or caravans. A tyre, even if its tread depth is legal, can be unsafe. The effect of time, UV light and extended periods of inactivity cause the tyre to age prematurely, that is, become brittle.
 
To combat the aging effect of UV light, tyre manufacturers add carbon black, which absorbs UV rays.
 
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While using a tyre regularly actually reduces the aging process, as driving causes the tyre to flex, generating heat, which in turn, distributes the tyres protective wax compounds to its outer surface.
A tyre that is not used frequently will experience premature breakdown at its surface which is accelerated with constant exposure to UV rays. An aged and therefore unsafe tyre becomes brittle and cracks, which is a sign that its carbon black content is depleted.
A tyre used under normal circumstances will be replaced before the effects of UV light become apparent. It is low mileage vehicles that are susceptible to becoming unsafe even if their tread depth remains legal. This is why it is extremely important, after a period of storage, such as during winter, that tyres are thoroughly inspected before use.
 
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It is not possible to accurately predict the service life of a tyre, although due to safety, many tyre manufacturers recommend that all tyres including the spare are changed after a certain number of years even if the tread has not reached its legal limit. This advice varies from manufacturer to manufacturer so please refer to their guidelines or consult with your local accredited tyre retailer.
To prevent UV damage, where possible, leisure vehicles such as motorhomes and caravans which are stored or stationary for any length of time should have their tyres covered. In addition, it is good practice to reduce the static load on the tyre by jacking the vehicle up or removing its wheels and storing them horizontally. If you are uncertain about your tyres condition or how best to store them for extended periods then please consult a qualified tyre specialist.
By covering tyres with a cover capable of blocking UV rays you reduce the aging process and effectively extend their life. The TankBlanket System includes WheelJacket a stylish cover that fits over the wheel to shield them from weather and harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays.

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WheelJacket

Un-garaged vehicles, especially those that are driven infrequently and therefore do low mileage, are at higher risk of developing cracked sidewalls from being exposed to the sun. WheelJacket protects your tyres by blocking UV light and preserving the natural oils and compounds in the rubber which effectively extends the life of your tyre by slowing the rate of carbon black depletion.
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To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

TankBlanket Excels in Cold Chamber Test : Motorhome & Caravan winterisation


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works


TankBlanket: The water tank heater - excels in Cold Chamber Test

 

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Recently, TankBlanket was cold chamber tested and everyone involved was astonished by its performance.

A TankBlanket was fitted to a 70 Litre tank, filled with water, switched on and left overnight at a temperature of  -15 °C.
 







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TankBlanket : The water tank heater
 
The following morning, to everyone’s amazement liquid water flowed from the tank!

That’s after spending in excess of 10 hours at a temperature of -15 °C with no insulation other than a TankBlanket.
 Now that is....
Winterisation that works!

 
 
 
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TankBlanket : The water heater

 
As you can see from the photo to the left a layer of ice aproximately two millimetres thick formed on the surface of the water.
 
But, as in the previous photograph it did not prevent water flowing freely from the tank.

 
 
 
 
 
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This picture gives you a real idea of what -15°C looks like!

 
 
 
 
 
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TankBlanket : The water tank heater
   

The thermal image to the right was taken after the water tank had been soaked overnight at -15°C with TankBlanket: the tank heater switched on.
Red = heat source
Blue = cold
Green = warm
You can see the tank shape and the green indicates the unfrozen water in the tank.
Impressive?....Very!
 
 
That’s TankBlanket….Winterisation that Works!
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TankBlanket : The water tank heater
 
 

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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.
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Friday, 1 November 2013

Winterisation Tips & Advice : Motorhome & Caravan Winterisation


TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works


 Motorhome Winterisation, tips & advice from TankBlanket: The Tank Heater


Recently, TankBlanket, the water tank heater, made its inaugural appearance at the NEC Caravan and Motorhome Show in Birmingham. The interest generated from consumers, dealers and converters was overwhelming, encouraging and extremely exciting; although, upon reflection, it shouldn’t have been a surprise, as, since 1991, TankBlanket has been America’s favorite winterisation product.

Previous blogs from The World of TankBlanket have focused upon the detail behind Grade 3, the British standard for heating and insulation and insights gained from our involvement in cold chamber testing. This blog will concentrate on motorhome winterisation, tips & tricks and the impact of The TankBlanket System.

When people discuss winterisation they are generally referring to a vehicle’s preparation for winter storage; we define it as a motorhome fitted with a water system that does not freeze during winter and therefore can be used throughout the year.

A good starting point in creating that ultimate winterised vehicle is to own one accredited with Grade 3. You will then have assurance that the insulation and heating system will cope with freezing conditions. If your vehicle is not Grade 3 accredited then you start from a weaker position, but, by nature of their construction method, monocoque and coachbuilt / Styrofoam models possess good insulation levels; it is panel van conversions that struggle, due to their steel body shell.

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The water tank heater
The first step in winterising your vehicle is to protect the fresh and waste water tanks. There are three methods available. These are in-tanks probes or Frostats as they are more generally known, insulation wraps and TankBlankets.

Both Frostats and TankBlanket are thermostatically controlled and require an LED switched 12V dc fused power supply. A single Frostat has a capacity to protect up to 45 Litres of water while a TankBlanket can protect up to 121 Litres and is available in two sizes depending on the surface area of your tank.

 

Frostat is an in-tank probe similar to an immersion heater. The installation of Frostat involves  drilling a hole in the tank, while TankBlanket is a water tank heater that you just simply peel & stick, as it is applied to the outside of the tank and with no holes to be drilled, is guaranteed to be leak proof. In addition the adhesive that bonds TankBlanket becomes more aggressive with age and units installed in the USA during 1991 are still in use today.

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The water tank heater

Several retailers market an insulation wrap and as a standalone insulator they offer some protection against frost but are not a robust solution. Using an insulation wrap in conjunction with Frostat or TankBlanket will improve the efficiency of both products as it keeps heat in rather than cold out! The TankJacket insulator is an element of The TankBlanket System and is recommended more to improve the energy efficiency of TankBlanket rather than as frost protection.

Typical fresh and waste water tanks are 100 and 60 litres respectively. Therefore, to protect both the fresh and waste water tanks two Frostats per tank are required compared to one TankBlanket. We recommend, based on ease of installation, robustness, cost and energy efficiency, fitting a TankBlanket in conjunction with a TankJacket to your fresh and waste water tanks.

With your fresh and waste water tanks protected the next issue to tackle is the externally exposed pipework. The solutions available are trace heaters, PipeBlankets and pipe insulator. Trace heaters are widely available in the domestic market, while, PipeBlanket, an element of the TankBlanket System, was specifically designed for leisure vehicles. Similar to TankBlanket, PipeBlanket requires a fused 12V dc power circuit controlled by an LED switch although they are not thermostatically controlled; trials have shown there is no need. Trace heaters wrap or spiral around the pipe to be protected while PipeBlanket is applied to the bottom of the pipe which is where they gain an edge over trace heaters. By being applied to the bottom of the pipe the heat generated from PipeBlanket is applied where it is needed as the pipework on leisure vehicles may not be full. Because Trace heaters are wrapped around the pipe they need the pipe being protected to be full of water. Applying heat to an empty plastic pipe could result in damage as the pipe may become distorted. Fitting pipe insulation should in most cases provide a satisfactory solution, as long as the insulation is good quality. PipeJacket, an element of The TankBlanket System is a high quality closed cell insulator.
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For protecting pipework we recommend, based on cost, performance and providence fitting PipeJacket; but for that ultimate winterised vehicle, we advocate installing PipeBlanket in conjunction with PipeJacket.
TankBlanket and PipeBlanket require their own 12V dc power circuit controlled by an LED switch. This allows you to isolate a particular tank or pipe and leave it switched off in cold conditions if there is no water in the tank or pipe.
When switched 'On', TankBlanket automatically activates when the contents of the water tank drops to 7 °C and deactivates when the contents reach 18 °C. This keeps the tank contents just outside the freeze zone and because TankBlanket cycles ‘on’ and ‘off’ automatically, energy consumption is minimised. PipeBlanket is not thermostatically controlled; tests have shown that for this application, due to the volume of water involved, it is not required. Each Tank and Pipe Blanket has their own switch but to eliminate the stress of remembering when to switch them ‘on’ and ‘off’ the TankBlanket System has an intelligent iController, which monitors the ambient temperature and automatically switches the selected Tank and PipeBlanket on and off.

With the external tanks and pipework protected attention now turns to the habitation area. Our previous blog concerning cold chamber testing details some unforeseen ‘nuggets of wisdom’ concerning blown air heating, drafts, cold spots, dump valves, and airflow.

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WheelarchBlanket
An interesting point which was highlighted during cold chamber testing was how cold the internal surfaces of the wheel arches were. To combat this, a quilted WheelarchBlanket was developed and fitted with excellent results. WheelarchBlanket is part of The TankBlanket System, which is rapidly becoming The choice water tank heater.
The Achilles heel of Leisure vehicle winterisation, especially during a Grade 3 cold chamber test, is the abundance of hidden water pipes, located in places that are difficult to access but loved by Jack Frost!
So, does this mean that creating that Ultimate Winterised Vehicle is unattainable?
Well, we believe that Grade 3 test conditions are harsh; a vehicle is soaked for a minimum of ten hours at -15°C with no heating switched on. After this the heating system is then allowed four hours to raise the habitation area to an even 20 °C throughout. These criteria are not representative of typical winter motorhoming. We believe that a motorhome used under normal ambient conditions, winterised, in line with the above recommendations, should be more than capable of coping with freezing conditions. If the interior of the vehicle is kept above 10 °C  your internal pipes should remain frost free while The TankBlanket system will deliver free flowing water.
But, we do know that several major manufacturers have a desire to design, manufacture and market a leisure vehicle that can pass the grade 3 cold chamber test with a fully charged water system. So, the battle is on!
Which manufacturer is going to be the first to market such a beast?
For further winterisation tips and advice from the TankBlanket Team please visit:

http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/winterisation-tips/
We have collected together some of the best articles, blogs and websites offering winterisation advice; please follow this link:



Find this blog informative, interesting? If so please leave a comment

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? If yes, then please visit our website and leave feedback on our ‘Ideas’ tag, located on the left hand side of our home page.
Do you have a view on which manufacturer will design, manufacture and achieve Grade 3 with free flowing water? If so please leave a comment on our websites  ‘ideas’ tag.
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The water tank heater

To find out more about The TankBlanket System please visit:

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