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Old 12-04-2010, 06:10 AM   #1
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freeze tonight

sitting here in a georgia campground anticipating the 22 deg. weather
predicted for monday night. think i need to do anything special...ex. disconnect water supply hose, etc.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:35 AM   #2
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I would disconnect the water line and run water out of your holding tank. Also make sure to run your funance which should heat your 'basement' area where the holding tanks are. Probably might not hurt to make sure that the sewer hose is empty (needs to be real cold to freeze that stuff). We have had no problems down to the 20 degree area. If it gets colder than that, I have two portable spot lights (Home Depot or Lowe's). They have a 3' cord and I put heat lamp bulbs in them, one goes where my water pump is located and the other is in the utility compartment. What ever bulbs you use make sure that they are rated within the ratings for the spot lights which are UL listed for outdoor use.

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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I would be concerned with heat lamps. I would use 100 watt bulbs.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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You bet you should be concerned. Disconnect and drain water hose. Drain sewer hose but I don't drain my water or holding tanks. I add a trouble light to my plumbing bay 75w.... and run my furnace in the coach.

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:35 PM   #5
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Prevention Ideas

The other ideas were good. When using lightbulbs, please make sure the wattage does not exceed the trouble light. Mine is a max of 75 watts. I would also consider a portable heater (Amazon) that heats oil. They are safe. We have a 1500 watt unit which keeps the cabin from freezing. As long as it warms up during the day you should be ok.
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VABOB,

I agree, the portable spot's we use are UL listed for outdoor use. Rated for 150 watt bulbs, the heat lamp bulbs are 120 watts. What is nice about them is the deep socket and the spike to secure them (for outside use). The deep sockets give us peace of mind. We are not using some old 'lamp socket' to heat our basement. The portable spots are heavy duty cords cords and with the spike we can really secure the spot light to keep the water lines from freezing. This setup has kept our pipes from freezing the couple of times we have had to return to southern New England in FEBURARY.

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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I put a small "cube" heater in the utility bay, set on the lowest setting. Then leave the water in the bathroom dripping. Have had no problem at similar (and lower) temps over extended periods of time. To monitor the utility bay temp, I also installed a cheap wireless thermometer which transmits to a receiver in the bathroom.
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If you are at a full hook up site I too would leave the water hooked up but running at a very slow trickle. Otherwise I would disconnect water hose and run furnace, maybe use lights for heat in storage bays depending on what rv I had.
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Bob and Inga, Sorry that you have to return up to the frigid NEweather in February. Although I remember last Feb. in Florida wasn't all that warm.
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Sorry that you have to return up to the frigid NEweather in February. Although I remember last Feb. in Florida wasn't all that warm.
This month isn't looking too hot either, freeze warnings are all over the map
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Why are you using light bulbs lamps heaters and other things on the tanks. Just buy STICK ON tank heaters. They work automatically. They work off 12 volts. My tanks hang out in the open and they never freeze. You can get the same type heater for the drain pipe. I thought everyone had these.


Just out of curiosity, why is the campground leaving the water in the pipes/lines? In the winter we manually fill our fresh water tank. Sure looks unsofisticated hoisting those 6 gallon plastic containers outside the coach but you get a little exercise humping that water. Water tank is in the coach so if it freezes so do we.
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bandmbrown:

I can't resist !!

Freezing temps??? Here's what ya should do.

Empty black tank.

Empty grey tank.

FILL fresh water tank.

Disconnect and store water hoses.

Put in your slides if ya have em.

Disconnect electrical svc. and store.

Hook up to tow truck,..or..raise your jacks.

Start engine on tow truck or MH.

AND....GET THE HECK OUTTA THERE !! (Oh!..Head er South

sorry.......couldn't help it !!

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