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Old 04-13-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Below freezing temps-advice

Hello everyone,

Please excuse me if this is a really simple and dumb question as I am new to rving. Last Friday I pulled my motorhome out of it's heated storage and will not be able to put it back in.

This week the forecast is for 2 nights in the mid 20s. If I run the furnace over these nights will I be ok with avoiding frozen pipes? I have aqua hot and there is a small heating unit built into the compartment with the holding tanks.

I would imagine the temps will only hit this low point for a few hours as the daytime temps will be in the 40s and 50s.

Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Stuart
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Stuart,
I don't have Aqua Hot, and my heating system is different that yours. But, my opinion.

If you have your Aqua Hot working, keep the coach nice and warm, and your wet bay heater working, I think there should be no problem.

I'd put a thermometer in the wet bay and confirm that. If it reads good, then I think you'll be fine.

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Probably be OK if you leave your heat set on 68 or so. I always keep my slides in when in cold temp. That way your water lines get lots more heat.
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Turn your AH system on and set the temp inside to minimum. Your wetbays should be on the system on their own temp setting...tyincally about 45 deg or so. I am not familiar with how your coach is set up. Mine has a set temp of 45deg, I keep the inside at 55 during the winter and have had zero issues except using alot of diesel. Now all of this is assuming you have 110 power to power everything up.
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Thanks for the advice,
I won't have an electric hook-up, but plan to run my genny for the two nights. I will keep the slides in.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:33 PM   #6
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I've had success for many years in freezing weather with this rule. If daytime highs reach 50, nightime lows stay above 27, the RV plumbing will not freeze. With a small amount of added heat the coach should be safe with lows in mid 20's.
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Turn your AH system on and set the temp inside to minimum. Your wetbays should be on the system on their own temp setting...tyincally about 45 deg or so. I am not familiar with how your coach is set up. Mine has a set temp of 45deg, I keep the inside at 55 during the winter and have had zero issues except using alot of diesel. Now all of this is assuming you have 110 power to power everything up.
Agree with all except the last sentence. You don't need 110 power to run the Aqua Hot, it can run on 110 or 12v. If you don't have 110, use the 12 volt and set you Auto Gen Start to come on. That way when your batteries get to a set point of discharge, the gen will come on, charge them and go off when they are charged.
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We de-winterized a couple of days ago in prep for up coming Easter weekend trip. At the time Tue night lows were forecast to be 25 or so. Well yesterday they updated the temps and are now saying 15-19 Tues night. So out comes the air hose adapter yesterday and I blew out the water system. As an added measure I'll be keeping the slides in and putting a 1500 watt space heater in the basement.
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With the Agua hot on minimum you will be fine with days in the 50's. With the Agua hot you have an upper end coach with better insulation than me and mine has set with low 20's at night for several days with the days getting into the low 40's uninhabited. We never run the furnace at night while using the coach except when temp reach below 20. I did freeze the water bay slightly once when someone who was checking thing before bed left the #$%^& bay door open at 18 and a good wind out of that direction DUMB DUMB DUMB. No damage just applied a little heat the next day. The Agua hot should run all night even if it is on call for a much higher heat without the gen. Seriously dought you would even need heat unless a lot of wind, but better to be safe.

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Thanks everyone,

I am constantly learning about this rig. The coach is a few miles from where I am living so tonight I plan on sleeping the motorhome to make sure everything is working. I will turn the aqua hot on using the diesel function and keep the AGS on and hopefully everything will stay toasty warm.

My coach does have a heater in the wet bay that should be set to come on at 45 degrees, according to the instruction manual.

These northern Vermont temps are crazy. Right now it is 66 degree and tomorrow morning will be 20 degrees!

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Clay,

We're trying, we're trying. Starting full time end of May. For now we have an arms list of things to do in order to get ready. If only the weather would cooperate.

Forecast is for snow in the morning :-(

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Stuart, sounds like you have it figured out pretty good. Our weather was just about the same, Saturday is was 73 degrees. See the attached pic of Sunday, this was just the beginning of a very wet, heavy, icey snow. 2-ft. drifts! Spent most of yesterday digging out.
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Today it's over 50 degrees, I was going to mow today but I'd look funning mowing snow! We are getting there though - I hope!
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Ken, wow,

That is not funny at all. I do remember about 10 years ago we got an 18 inch snowfall just about this time of year.

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