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Old 01-06-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Camping in cold temps

I will be camping in temps below 32f. What should I do to my white water hose? Disconnect at night, will the outside water filter freeze up? Should I buy heat tape and wrap up my hose?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I've always preferred to disconnect, store my hose and use my fresh water tank. Refill fresh water tank as needed.
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+1 on using freshwater tank it should last two or three days depending on your use of the shower. It won't freeze if you are using your furnace to heat.
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My fresh water tank is in the rear of my MH. And I don't see anyway to keep it from freezing. I will be using electric heaters instead of my furnace. Would heat tape work? Or leaving the water run?
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Without using the furnace you will need to put heat in the water bay where your water hookup is located if it's not bitter cold like under twenty a drop light with a sixty or one hundred watt light bulb should keep things from freezing if your pump is in the bay try to put the light under it or near by any colder than that you need to run your furnace and may even need to place a small heater in the water bay.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #6
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I have wrapped my hose with pipe insulation from Lowe's & been ok at 25*.
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Should I leave my water in the MH run during the cold snap?
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You could use a heated water hose, works great for us.
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Should I leave my water in the MH run during the cold snap?
If you do that, just trickle it and, BE SURE YOUR GRAY TANK DUMP VALVE IS OPEN.

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You still should run your furnace some even if it only comes on once or twice an hour, it also keeps your black and grey tanks from freezing if they freeze it may be June before you get them warm enough to dump. Water running at a trickle won't freeze quickly but if your slinky has any low spots it may freeze it enough to cause issues when your ready to break camp.
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In my 2003 Hurricane my holding tanks are under the coach with only the heat pads that are factory installed. There is no way the furnace could provide any heat to these tanks. Has anyone ran the heat pads that are installed on the holding tanks for any length of time? Are they safe to keep on when I'm not in the coach, or when I'm sleeping in it?
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Yes, the tank heat pads can be left on and you should. They won't get hot enough to be a danger.
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Just went thru this. Since you can't fill your water tank (which is the best way for only a few nights), turn off the hose bib, remove the hose and drain it to ground. It helps to keep an extra hose in your heated compartment just in case your drained hose didn't really drain and swap them out in the AM. Don't forget to make sure there's no effluent in your sewer hose (can we say poopsicle).
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I've always preferred to disconnect, store my hose and use my fresh water tank. Refill fresh water tank as needed.
Yep, that's what we do. Only leave the fresh water and slinky out when in use, otherwise they're stored during cold weather.
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