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Old 11-10-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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10 degrees tonight

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I have an 08 Revolution LE, it is going to get 10 F in the morning, will I be Ok or should I blow everything out, I plan on leaving the heaters on, we are going to use the coach in a few days.

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Old 11-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Short periods of cold weather is fine if you have the heat on. Living in northern Mich I have lots of experience. It temps are in the 40s - 50s during the day and dip to 20s over night is not a problem with no heat. It's when it gets below freezing over 24hrs that you better have the heat on. Pipes will freeze way before a tank of water. If ever in doubt, winterize or run the heat.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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At 10 degrees things start getting risky.

Turn your water heater on for an hour to heat up the tank, then shut it off. That will keep the water heater ok overnight.

Put a 75-100w light bulb in the bay where the water lines come in/out. Maybe a piece of carpet in the bottom to help insulate a bit. There is water just on the other side of those valves and inlets, and several hours below freezing may be enough to freeze one up.

Leave the fridge on, sop that it's cooling unit generates heat to keep the ice maker water line & valve from freezing.
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Thanks everyone

I went ahead a blew the lines and dumped the water heater, I would not have slept knowing it could have froze . wasn't to bad maybe an hour and half. Had most of the tools already out we had been up blowing out my buddies cabin.
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Are you going to leave the heat on? The reason I ask is because if by blowing out the lines you have decided to turn the heat off, you might be at more risk of freezing something then if you had simply left the heat on without blowing the lines.

You may already know this but if not done properly, some droplets of water left in the lines can gather in elbows and freeze. Thats why I prefer to use the pink stuff.
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I left the heat on last night, in the future I was hope to just blow the lines, pink the gray and black stuff and the washer and shut it down, I really didn't want to put the pink in my water lines, I have a small Bumper pull I have always done this way with no problems even down to -18. Does any one else do just this?
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Our previous MH was a Fleetwood Revolution, so we have some experience with them in pretty cold weather here in Missouri. The basement heat is ok, but for some reason the water pump is vulnerable even when you drain and blow out the lines. The residual water probably drains back to that low point. Remove the lines on either side of the pump and leave disconnected. Easy job and may save the pump. Draining the water heater is ok but the lines going in and out need to be completely purged. Blow them, after draining the heater and leave the heater drain open. We froze a line after draining the heater once. The ice maker line needs attention as mentioned above. Refrigerator will not protect it much. Either purge it or heat strip it. It will be cold tonight, so good luck.
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I agree with vraines about the ice maker being your primary issue. It has very small lines nad if it freezed up near where the valve is coming into the freezer, you will have a small persistant leak that can be a major pita.
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I left the heat on last night, in the future I was hope to just blow the lines, pink the gray and black stuff and the washer and shut it down, I really didn't want to put the pink in my water lines, I have a small Bumper pull I have always done this way with no problems even down to -18. Does any one else do just this?
So you could blow the lines then instead of pouring pink stuff down the drains, let the pump suck it through the lines and then down the drains. Can get away with the same amount of pink stuff. Probably just one jug and then you are guaranteed that your pump and anything else is fully protected. I know some people do use air only with success.
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Thanks Everyone, after blowing the lines I did notice there was water still in the pump, and I unhooked the ice maker line and let it blow too. I also did the washer, So I hope I got it all. We are going to use it off and on during the winter and really didn't want to put the pink stuff in.

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I understand about the pink stuff. We used it once a few years back and had to flush the system several times using a vinegar solution to,get the taste out of the water. Guess that is better than frozen pipes, but no more pink stuff for us. Also, if you have a water filter under your sink, drain it also.
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Was at an RV dealership yesterday talking to an RV tech. With the hundreds of RVs sitting on the lot I asked how they winterize them. He said they use the pink stuff because you can never ever get all the water out. He said there are to many turns and pipes that run up and down and around corners.
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So you could blow the lines then instead of pouring pink stuff down the drains, let the pump suck it through the lines and then down the drains. Can get away with the same amount of pink stuff. Probably just one jug and then you are guaranteed that your pump and anything else is fully protected. I know some people do use air only with success.
For 10 Wisconsin winters I have ONLY GRAVITY DRAINED my fresh water system, (which includes a 10 gal WH, a Splendide washer and a stand alone ice maker)..... with success!
I have never used air and have used RV anit-freeze ONLY in the Splendide washer pump and in the p-traps.
IMO, frozen water droplets, (and even freezing standing water in pipes, especially PEX pipes), causes no damage, unless there is nowhere for the frozen water, (aka ice), to expand into.
My coach has survived numerous -20 degree F, (aka 20 degrees below zero), nights.
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I have tried to blow my lines out but was never able to get ALL the water out. I have found a full proof way to keep anything from freezing. Prior to the weather turning to cold...head far enough south that it doesn't freeze and don't come back till winter is over! Works well for us :-D.
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