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Old 03-29-2016, 04:29 PM   #1
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Freeze Worry?

Coach is in for a new tow bar/brake system install...weather to get down to 28 degrees tonight...coach is not winterized with some water in the tank...if it sits outside overnight at the shop with slides in do I need to worry about anything??? I could go over and turn the furnace on to kick on at 40 degrees but is it necessary for just one night with a low of 28? We're in Falcon CO just outside of Colorado Springs.

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Old 03-29-2016, 04:45 PM   #2
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Hi jimfh2o,
It all depends.
1. What is the wind speed overnight? Wind can suck the heat out of a coach quickly.
2. What was the daytime temp? Did the interior have a chance to warm up?
3. The forecasted low temp is usually just before dawn. Below 29 degrees water will start to freeze. Water exposed to the outside temp will require several hours below 29 degrees (3 hours is about right to begin freezing)
4. What is the temp and sun clarity for the day after the coach is left out all night? If the sun is coming out and shining at sun up the potential is less for freezing.
5. With no wind, the basement will lag behind the outside temp by a degree or two and a couple of hours.

How about asking the shop to open the drain for the fresh water tank and let the water drain out. Dirty water in the grey and black tank will not freeze as fast as clean fresh water. If it was me, the weather was calm, the following day is sunshine, I would not worry about it. My coach has sat outside at Nappanee and nothing happened to the plumbing.

The bottom line is do what allows you to sleep at night.
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Old 03-29-2016, 04:58 PM   #3
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Even if a water line is exposed to 28 degrees, it will take awhile to freeze. However, none of your water lines or holding tanks are directly exposed. I have a home in Wyoming that is unheated through the winter, but I monitor the inside temperature remotely. It ranges from about 20 to 45 degrees inside throughout the winter, while obviously going much, much colder outside. Motorhome is not a house of course, but the point is that as you move inside any structure the temperature swing becomes less and less -- actually approaching the average outside daily temperature if very well insulated. Personally, I wouldn't be worried about 28 degrees outside, if that's really what it sees.
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Even if a water line is exposed to 28 degrees, it will take awhile to freeze. However, none of your water lines or holding tanks are directly exposed. I have a home in Wyoming that is unheated through the winter, but I monitor the inside temperature remotely. It ranges from about 20 to 45 degrees inside throughout the winter, while obviously going much, much colder outside. Motorhome is not a house of course, but the point is that as you move inside any structure the temperature swing becomes less and less -- actually approaching the average outside daily temperature if very well insulated. Personally, I wouldn't be worried about 28 degrees outside, if that's really what it sees.
My experience over the years is that you need to have a hard freeze to do any damage. A hard freeze is below freezing for at least a few days. If you take a bottle of water and put it outside in the cold watch how long it takes for that bottle to freeze. If the temps during the day are above freezing you should have no problem because the coach will warm up to above freezing. I have two weather stations with one sensor in the wet bay and another in the coach. I monitor them to be sure I keep the the inside of the coach and wet bay warm enough when it is cold out.
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