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Old 12-08-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Another Cold Weather Question

First a little background about my MH. I bought a 97 Safari Continental this past spring and have had a great summer and fall traveling in it. The previous owner had it for 11 years and kept it in an RV Resort in Hilton Head Island SC. It was not used a lot, but did go on the road three or four times a year. It only had 38,000 miles on it and looked like new inside and out, It had not had a full mechanical service in several years so all fluids and filters were changed as soon as I returned to North Carolina. I was fortunate that all the tires were changed two years ago and had very few miles on them.
My question is about cold weather storage. The PO kept it connected electrically 24/7 when in the park, left the heat set on about 45 and never did any winterizing of any type. There is not a lot of sub freezing days in Hilton Head but it can happen. It has the Aqua-Hot heating system and they kept the diesel burner turned off except when they were there and just let the electric element provide hot water. It has three heating zones, one in front and kitchen, one in the bath and bedroom and one in the basement. the basement heater is in a enclosed area that houses all the plumbing and holding tanks. each zone has it's own thermostat for zone control.
I also keep it 50 amp connected 24/7 and plan to do the same as the PO for heating. We plan to use the coach several times over the winter and I didn't want to be draining everything and winterize several times over the winter.
I live in Central NC and have moderate cold weather with maybe 20 to 30 nights below freezing all winter, there are very few days that it stays below freezing during the day. The coach is at my home where I can check it daily if needed and can turn on the diesel burner in an extreme cold period.
I would like everyone's thoughts on doing this and their experience's in a similar situation.
Thanks for your help.

Tate Daniels

I added a picture of us camping at Bandits Roost in Wilkesboro NC, also you can see my Green 95 Tracker Toad

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Yoy may have things that are outside the heated areas of the coach. Things to be concerned about if the temps stay below freezing for 6+ hours at a time.:

1) If it has an icemaker, the ice maker water line is exposed behind the fridge
2)The waste tank drain lines are exposed (outside the skin), as are the water inlet valves and fittings.
3) Is the fresh tank sealed in or exposed?
4) Water heater is probably open to the air on one side. No problem if the water is even warm, but if the heater is off and it is in the 20's, then??
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Agree with Gary.

Keep the fridge on. It will run on shore power, and the heat from it running will keep the backside and the icemaker lines warm enough. The icemaker line is usually heated, if the fridge is on it won't freeze. Let it make ice, empty the tray once a week, that will keep the water moving.

Double check, but the wet bay should be heated. Even my lil ole Knight has a heater in the wet bay, it's 12v electric, on a 40 degree thermostat. your rig probably has the aquahot system plumbed into there.

Don't leave the fresh water connected, nor the sewer line.
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Hi Tate,
Glad you're enjoying the Safari. I know the lady who owned it quite well as I have played tennis with her many times over the last about 10 yrs. at that HHIsland Resort. She would be about 82 yrs young by now but still very energetic. I will let her know I've seen her coach in Wilkesboro NC!
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Yoy may have things that are outside the heated areas of the coach. Things to be concerned about if the temps stay below freezing for 6+ hours at a time.:

1) If it has an icemaker, the ice maker water line is exposed behind the fridge
2)The waste tank drain lines are exposed (outside the skin), as are the water inlet valves and fittings.
3) Is the fresh tank sealed in or exposed?
4) Water heater is probably open to the air on one side. No problem if the water is even warm, but if the heater is off and it is in the 20's, then??
I was wondering what a good rule of thumb would be for when you need to drain things or can I leave my 1990 Winnebago Chieftain plugged in most of the time unless it is going to be way cold for a long time. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have nights in the 20's but days in the 40's
Thanks for the help
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Tate I would light off the Aqua Hot diesel burner on the nights when it's going to drop below freezing. That will keep you wet bays from freezing up. If it's going to stay below freezing for awhile you may wish to, as an added precaution, put a drop in the wet bay. As mentioned above disconnect on stow all hoses in the freezing weather. I think with the Aqua Hot you don't have a hot water heater to worry about. The Aqua Hot heats the water as you use it. Sounds like you pretty much have under control. Enjoy the rig.
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Yoy may have things that are outside the heated areas of the coach. Things to be concerned about if the temps stay below freezing for 6+ hours at a time.:

1) If it has an icemaker, the ice maker water line is exposed behind the fridge
2)The waste tank drain lines are exposed (outside the skin), as are the water inlet valves and fittings.
3) Is the fresh tank sealed in or exposed?
4) Water heater is probably open to the air on one side. No problem if the water is even warm, but if the heater is off and it is in the 20's, then??
The ice maker feed line from the solenoid should have a heating line in it. If you leave the refer on the line shouldn't freeze. I didn't leave the refer on and broke the feed line.
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If you don't want the refer running you can blow the lines out and blow the solenoid valve out which is what I do. I have the winterizing instructions for Dometic NDA 1402 if they will help let me know.
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