Thursday 23 January 2014

Quick Start Guide 3 - Installation of PipeBlanket

TankBlanket:  Winterisation that Works

 Quick Start Guide for The TankBlanket System

The Campervan, Motorhome & Caravan Tank Heater Pad
We aim, with our series of Quick Start Guides, to present a series of Blogs that act as a simplified introduction to the installation and use of The TankBlanket System. Links to more detailed information are embedded within 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 any additional explanation of a particular aspect or if a subject has not been covered.

QSG3 – Installation of a single PipeBlanket

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

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

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

1.0 Preparation

PipeBlankets do not have built-in thermostatic sensors to control "ON/Off" activation like TankBlanket. They must be controlled by the user via a LED switch in the habitation area. 

Pipes contain a smaller volume of liquid and as a result, temperature changes occur at a faster rate than within a fresh or waste water tank. This effectively means that they would cycle "on/off" too frequently and the energy saving  expected through the use of a thermostat would not be realized. 

Our testing programme has proven that it is better to just throw continuous heat at pipes.

Your campervan, motorhome or caravan pipe heater pad: 
  • Can only be installed on rigid/hard plastic pipes.
  • 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 pipe (not spiralled).
  • Must be fitted directly to the pipe and not across any metal holding straps.
  • Must be completely attached to the surface of the pipe.
  • Is flexible and can be wrapped (not spiralled) around the pipe. Although the heater element must be positioned on the bottom of the pipe. 
For detailed installation guidelines please visit:

For a detailed specification please visit:

2.0 Positioning 

For best results the PipeBlanket heater pad must be positioned: 
  • So the PipeBlanket is wrapped around (not spiralled) the pipe with the heater element running along the bottom of the Pipe.
  • Every 300mm of pipe being protected with no more than 12mm between PipeBlankets.
  • So that the gap between the PipeBlanket and the Tank inlet/outlet is no more than 50 to 80 mm.

For detailed installation guidelines please visit:

3.0 Electrical Circuit

The PipeBlanket heater pad must be:
  • Powered by a 12 Vdc supply from the Leisure battery.
  • Protected by a 15 amp fuse.
  • Protected by a 15A rated LED Switch.
  • Powered through a single stand alone own circuit.

For detailed installation guidelines please visit:

For the electrical circuit diagram please visit:

4.0 Commissioning

To commission the PipeBlanket heater pad:

  • Make sure your pipe(s) contain water.
  • Turn the switch on. The LED light will light up showing there is power.
  • The bottom of the Pipe heater pad should feel warm.

Your PipeBlanket is installed correctly.

Finally please review the PipeBlanket Operation and Maintenance instructions:

For detailed installation guidelines please visit:

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

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