Anyone fitted a immersion heater to their tank..?

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  1. Trev81

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    So, this week I have installled a waterproof external caravan type socket to my van for easy plugging in to on cold nights, it's to power a slimline panel heater fixed in my van, but I was also thinking about possibly adding a immersion to my water tank also on a stat like the heater to keep the water out of the chill.

    Question here is would you bother adding one or would you think a good heat output panel heater would be enough to keep everything in the van including a tank of water out of possible freezing if we get some really cold weather.

    I do have a webasto hot water system which is on a stat but that only circulates around it's closed system and does not really output much heat unless it is on allday, so the panel heater has been added to keep thinga like hoses free from frost and hopefully the water tank.
     
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    I've got one installed, been using one for about 4 or 5 years now, it's all rigged up with 16Amp gear and on a mains timer. I have a external 16Amp plug on the house wall and just plug into this so no hassle. The main benefits for me are the tank acting as a radiator thus keeping the whole van and system frost free and protected- meaning ready for work first thing without issue. Plus nice supple hoses all day in cold weather.
     
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    Yes I like my hot system for the supple hoses, recently had been on cold only due to a pump failure on my webasto and back on cold was grim, propper stiff hoses when used to hot 24/7.
    Yes I think a immersion is a good idea, I have a spare socket to add one in so I might consider it as a additional heat source, just drilling the tank bothers me!
     
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    I have the sockets in my van but use 2 aquarium heaters. I simply plug em in, then because there wedged in foam, I throw them in the tank so they float. Leave them on all night and hey presto, warm water :thumbsup:
     
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    A 3KW immersion heater will require to be powered from main consumer unit via it's own 16amp breaker, then continuous 16amp cable/plugs etc thereafter. Learn from my mistake and don't risk burning your house down running one from a 13amp plug socket!!
     
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    Good idea that Steve, might be worth just doing that with a fish tank heater on the odd night for peace of mind as well as using my panel heater.

    Got this all fitted in today, well my old man who is good with electrics did it, fitted in a way thats fully approved so it could be a extra selling point for someone one day when the van is changed, or might come in handy for other stuff…

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    I will try to post a couple of pictures of the heaters in the foam tomorrow
     
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    Trev81 what are the 2 240V sockets wired up to?
     
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    They go into the RCD box that has 2 breakers in, then that is connected to the external 3 pin socket. Then the RCD is earthed in the van, you can just see at the top the bolt fitted to attach a earth too.
     
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