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Old 12-18-2015, 08:28 AM   #1
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"It's not usually this cold" tip.

We're starting our 6th year of full timing and pretty much every December/January/February time slot we keep hearing "It's not usually this cold here." We seem to manage to go to the wrong part of the country to try and find warm every year so far.
For the last couple of weeks or so we have been dealing with lows at night in the upper teens and 20's. We were wondering how cold it was getting down in the water and waste bay. So we installed a remote thermometer sending unit in the water bay next to the water filter. With the heater working I was never too concerned about the temp. down there but a few days ago our furnace went belly up and it became a concern. This thermometer has given me a great deal of peace of mind about stuff freezing up. Hopefully the part I need to fix the furnace will arrive today and I can go back to the no worries status.
We picked up the thermometer at Walmart. It monitors the room temp and also the temp in the bay. It was cheap and well worth the peace of mind.
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:48 AM   #2
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So what was your low temp. with the furnace out ?


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Old 12-18-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
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Yep....I have one with three senders. I keep one in the fridge, one in the basement fridge, and move one either to the propane bay ( in the summer ) or to the water bay in the winter. That way I know what's going on at all important temp area's at one time.
Keep the master close to drivers seat, and check fridge temps during the day in the summer going down the road.
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Thing about measuring the temp, it only tells you after it's too late

Buy an old school incandescent light bulb ---
100 watt or more and plug it in down there -
AMAZING how warm it keeps it
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:47 AM   #5
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The night it went out it dropped into the mid 20's. As far as "Thing about measuring the temp, it only tells you after it's too late" if you watch it, it you can see how it's trending and take steps to fix the issue before it becomes "too late". The 100 watt bulb will work too but it still's a good idea to see how well it works.
Or you could just wait until ice cubes start coming out of the faucet.
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Optionally put a thermostatically controlled inline power outlet on a light bulb or small heater in the wet bay or other area of concern. Inexpensive ones are available designed just for freeze protection.
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Optionally put a thermostatically controlled inline power outlet on a light bulb or small heater in the wet bay or other area of concern. Inexpensive ones are available designed just for freeze protection.
That's what I did for years in our Dutch Stars, haven't needed it in the present rig. In fact I found mine today and took it out to the MH before I lose it again!

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