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Old 05-17-2011, 10:52 PM   #29
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Haha thanks Francesca! I like the way you think aswell, I still love your idea to use screening to wrap the insulation in... But duct tape sounds easier and dont we all have the magical stuff haha...I also have silver duct seam tape left over from a home ducting project that is super sticky!
Oh, Yeah- I know the tape you mean- it's got a little criss-cross thread pattern in it...
I have a roll, too- but I mostly use it for its decorative properties.

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:19 PM   #30
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What are the downsides to towing with a full hw tank? Just the possibility of springing a leak?
hehe - had not actually thought about it leaking. A full hot water tank is about 50lbs of extra weight.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:40 PM   #31
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Finally got around to insulating my hot water tank today. I ended up using an 8"(biggest dia. home depot had in stock) insulated duct sleeve:

Cut a piece off about 24" long to allow extra on each end of the tank to wrap and tape, then sliced the foil exterior shell down the middle(didn't have to slice the insulation itself since it was already cut lengthwise) with some patience slide it in past the cold water line and behind the tank. Then laid it over and tucked it in under the front side. I used silver foil ducting seam sealer tape to tape the ends closed. I cut a few more small pieces and tucked in behind under the tank where it goes through the wall of the trailer to the outside controls. I'm pretty happy with how it came out, besides it looking like jiffypop popcorn ready to explode
It will do for now and easily removable if I come across a better insulator.
Here is a pic, let me know if you have any other suggestions now that you see what I'm working with.
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Brilliant!
And shiny, too...

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Looks good! I am not sure it really matters a whole lot what you put on it - it is mostly to keep in warm once its hot and it sure does not take it long for it to get hot! Just remember to drain it out well each winter so it doesnt freeze up.
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