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Old 11-29-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Freezing water connection over night.

Wanted to ask what others do when you are in a Rv park and your connected to there city water spigot and using that as your water source and then over night the hose freezes going into the coach and won't allow water into the coach in the morning? Is there something out there that can help this.... Thanks for any possible solution
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We usually just put our hose away at night and use the water pump. You can buy a heated hose and not worry about it. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...yqpbjz4jt_b_p1
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If freezing temperatures are maintained during the day as well, then you need to take precautions against water pipes and tanks freezing within your rig. Some furnace setups have a duct blowing hot air into the basement but not all and of course if you don't run the furnace ...
Other vulnerable points are dump valves and piping in the unheated wet bay, especially if the wind is blowing
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I use 3/4" pipe insulation. Wrap where they butt together with duct tape.

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Wanted to ask what others do when you are in a Rv park and your connected to there city water spigot and using that as your water source and then over night the hose freezes going into the coach and won't allow water into the coach in the morning? Is there something out there that can help this.... Thanks for any possible solution
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The best things to do when camping in freezing weather, (and/or when freezing temps are coming), are:
1.) Fill your fresh water tank
2.) Turn the faucet OFF,
3.) Disconnect your water hose
4.) Roll up the hose.
5.) Put it away.
6.) Use tank water with your 12V water pump.

However if/when you ever do accidentally allow the hose to freeze going into the coach use water from your tank...AND:
1.) Turn the faucet OFF.
2.) Disconnect your hose.
3.) Allow the hose to thaw.
4.) Roll it up.
5.) Put the hose away until you need to fill the tank... (or until the outside temperature rises above 32 degrees F).

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We wound up in cold weather last spring. I bought a heated hose and a cheap drop light. I plugged in the hose and ran and extension cord to the plugin on the hose. Worked great until it got so cold the hydrant froze. I too the drop light and placed it on the hydrant - problem solved. Best solution for us next time - STAY away from the cold weather.
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We wound up in cold weather last spring. I bought a heated hose and a cheap drop light. I plugged in the hose and ran and extension cord to the plugin on the hose. Worked great until it got so cold the hydrant froze. I too the drop light and placed it on the hydrant - problem solved. Best solution for us next time - STAY away from the cold weather.
Another solution not mentioned yet: Even with a heated hose if the faucet itself is not insulated it can freeze. Let water drip all night in one of your sinks. It helps a lot. I am still looking for a good insulated or heated jacket that fits most RV park faucets.
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Another solution not mentioned yet: Even with a heated hose if the faucet itself is not insulated it can freeze. Let water drip all night in one of your sinks. It helps a lot. I am still looking for a good insulated or heated jacket that fits most RV park faucets.
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Wanted to ask what others do when you are in a Rv park and your connected to there city water spigot and using that as your water source and then over night the hose freezes going into the coach and won't allow water into the coach in the morning? Is there something out there that can help this.... Thanks for any possible solution
Best way to fix that is too move much farther South right away.

Or put some water in the fresh water tank before the hose freezes up.
And use that water in the morning.
Unhook hose and put away after putting water in the holding tank.
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I use 3/4" pipe insulation. Wrap where they butt together with duct tape.

This will not stop the pipe from freezing. Just takes a little more time.
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Let water drip all night in one of your sinks.
Downside of that is you end up with your grey tank full and an overflowing shower - or sometimes even your black tank full depending how they are connected - OR your sewer hose ends up solid ice and cracked or split. Also won't protect piping not in the drip circuit.

Yes, adding insulation works if below freezing temperatures only last for an hour or two, but only delays the inevitable unless heat is added inside the insulation

Anyway, we get it pretty easy in our fancy motorhomes. The poor people (which includes me at times) have to remember to fill the kettle up the night before if they want a cup of coffee in the morning because everything inside the camper is frozen solid.
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You haven't said if you are full time cold weather RV or just got caught in cold weather. If you just got caught there then you already heard to disconnect etc. If you are permanently stuck there then the insulation is never going to stop freezing.

You will have to run electric heating tape found at HD and elsewhere. build a small insulated enclosure for the stand pipe and wrap that pipe too. you can do the same for the sewer pipe to but there insulation would help. keep a small light on in the water bay and insulate that as well.

I have had this experience when staying at my son's home in oswego ny with outside temp 5 degrees and two foot snow on roof with 6 foot ice-cycles hanging on the side of MH. We were cold.
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We usually just put our hose away at night and use the water pump. You can buy a heated hose and not worry about it. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...yqpbjz4jt_b_p1
I agree, live self-contained and never worry about freezing water hose in cold weather. That's the purpose of having a self-contained RV.
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If I'm just doing a few overnighters I disconnect the hose at night and drain it. I also keep some water in my tank for flushes.
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