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Old 10-08-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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Cold Weather Rv'ing

My wife and I live in South Florida and are taking our first cold weather (for us) trip. We are leaving on November 13Th and coming back to Florida the second week in December. We are planning on being in GA, N/C, S/C, and TN for Thanksgiving. Do we need to worry about things freezing etc.this time of the year? We have always traveled in the good weather so I am totally unfamiliar with this new environment. Thanks in advance for any suggestions
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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Here's a good write up by RV Dude that should answer your question.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel for heat and you should enjoy your trip drive safely.
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In the area you are going it is highly unlikely that you will encounter freezing problems. Keep your furnace set for a (comfortable for you) setting at night, that will keep the plumbing safe. If you do not want to run the furnace put a 100 Watt light bulb in the service bay. I travel in these areas in late December and have not had a problem. Take your water hose off at night when it is going below freezing.
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.....taking our first cold weather (for us) trip. ...... We are planning on being in GA, N/C, S/C, and TN for Thanksgiving. ....

Perspective is an amazing thing......

Those Locations all sound like the "Warm South" to me!
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:43 AM   #5
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Bob:

We live in central NC. In our experience, there will be nights below freezing, but the lows are generally above 28 degrees F. One of our local dealers does not winterize their coaches (used and ones being serviced, the new ones come winterized) unless temps are forecast to dip below 28 degrees.

Your coach has insulated and heated bays (per the specs in this brochure:http://www.winnebagoind.com/products...orizon-bro.pdf). They are most likely heated by your furnace, as Homer mentioned.

If you want to make sure, call Winnebago, they should have an idea of what temperatures they designed the bays for.

We do not winterize and we use our coach all winter. Our furnace heats our bays and we have installed some small electrical heaters just in case that isn't enough. We routinely camp in 10 and 15 degree temperatures while skiing with no problems. For the temperatures you will experience, just running the coach's furnace should be just fine.

When temperatures go below freezing, we remove and drain our fresh water hose and make sure our black and gray water valves are closed.

If you are running low on propane and happen to be passing by the Winston Salem, NC area, Bill Plemmons (1-888-746-2351) usually has propane for $0.99 per gallon.

Above all, have fun and enjoy your trip!

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When we lived in SC outside of Charleston and I asked the question about winterizing I was told that it never stayed below freezing for any day so you do not have to. In NC my water hose froze over night until I switched to an insulated one.
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My wife and I live in South Florida and are taking our first cold weather (for us) trip. We are leaving on November 13Th and coming back to Florida the second week in December. We are planning on being in GA, N/C, S/C, and TN for Thanksgiving. Do we need to worry about things freezing etc.this time of the year? We have always traveled in the good weather so I am totally unfamiliar with this new environment. Thanks in advance for any suggestions
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i have 3 remote indicating inside-outside temp gauges. i have them in the fwd water heater and tank compartment, the middle water tank comp, and the aft water service comp. i found it was necessary to use a 100w trouble light in the middle and the aft compartments when not running the propane furnace. the electric or propane water heater kept the fwd compartment toasty.
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I agree with MYTHPLACED--- NC, SC, TN, GA are places we northerners go to get warm in the winter.
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We live in Hixson (Chattanooga) and I usually run an electric heater in the "cold" months just in case.
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Diesel? Need to take along some anit-gel and check your oil weight. I have a diesel 1 ton truck that has problems with 15w40 in the winter but loves 10w30. Know where your fuel filter drain is for water in the fuel line. Block heater? Block heaters take about 1,000 - 1,200 watts. Depending upon the temp and size of motor, turn on the block heater 3-4 hours before starting. It can take awhile to warm up a huge cast iron block. The block doesn't need to get very warm, only enough to start smoothly. And, it's the nice clean, warmed up oil that pressurizes the diesel fuel injectors.
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