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Old 11-23-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Cold weather/ water supply hose.

What do you all do to keep water hose from freezing? Do you use heat tapes? The next couple nights we are going to be in the Kansas City area with lows in low 20's. I was considering filling holding tank and disconnecting hose.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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Some use heat tape and some use insulation but IMO, disconnecting is the best route. I carry a 75W trouble light which I turn on and place in the plumbing bay on really cold nights.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Right now we're set up for multiple months, so I've added heat tape and insulation to my water line. Plus I'm keeping the tank full as back up.

In your situation I'd skip the hassle and fill the tank.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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I disconnect the hose and put inside overnight and then use the holding tank water.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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I have used a K & H no freeze hose for the last 5 years with temp. dropping into single digits and have had no issues worth the investment for piece of mind
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:39 PM   #6
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I unhook the water line also, when it is going to be freezing overnight. I have been to several campgrounds that require you to unhook the water line if it if going to be freezing, because they do not want their water valve to freeze.

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Some parks we've been to have asked people to disconnect on really cold nights but some have suggested to leave one of the faucets inside drip so that there is a very small trickle of water going through the hose. Gray tank valve, of course, is opened and connected to sewer. We've used the drip method for temperatures to about 17 or 18 F. with no problems at all.

If lower temperatures are predicted, before turning in we'll disconnect the hose at the hydrant and just let it lay on the ground after trying to drain as much water from it as possible. It doesn't have to be completely drained as even if the little water that is left in the hose freezes, it won't split the hose as it isn't under pressure. We'll then use our fresh water tank and pump until we can go outside to hook back up in the morning.

We've never had a split hose. We have seen numerous people around us with split hoses and some who disconnect in the morning laying their hose out in the sun after leaving the water on through the night and the hose freezes up completely where they can't use any water inside. But by either using the drip method or disconnecting completely if temperatures are predicted to get into the mid-teens (or lower), we've never had a problem and have yet to wrap our hoses in heat tape or insulation of any kind.

However, we've never been in an area where it hard freezes for 12-hours or more and in those conditions, it might be a different scenario for us and we might not be as lucky as we've been. On the other hand, we probably wouldn't be staying in an area like that for any length of time either.
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I bought a heat strip and insulation from Home Depot a few weeks ago when Denver was getting into the 20s at night. I ended up disconnecting the hose and using the tank. I am returning the stuff to HD today. I have learned also that my furnace kicks on when the bay temp drops to 35. I will keep the three lights I bought as a back up.

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