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Old 01-03-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Frozen Hot water pipes

My hot water pipes are frozen somewhere. Have not located yet.
Is there any concerns with leaving my water heater on?
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:10 PM   #2
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My hot water pipes are frozen somewhere. Have not located yet.
Is there any concerns with leaving my water heater on?
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I'd probably turn it off. Hot water usually freezes first. It may thaw out with the heater turned off.
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:54 PM   #3
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Frozen Hot water pipes

Tough decision. I would be inclined to leave it on. I would worry that if the water heater tank would get cold that it would freeze also.
As long as the water in the tank remains hot it would not freeze but would like for others to post their experiences.
I personally purchased a small 200 watt personal space heater to place in my wet Bay Area to keep it warm just in case I have the same issue.
Fortunately my coach has heated wet bay cargo hull where all of the water pipes are located.


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Old 01-03-2016, 09:57 PM   #4
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Might want to turn off the water supply in case the pipes are damaged. That way you don't have a flood when things thaw out.
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Mine froze up a few years ago during an extremely cold spell near Tombstone, AZ. Once it warmed up all was OK. No damage, and for the next few nights we left water dripping at a sink faucet - grey water drain open. Don't know it that would work for you.
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Mine froze up a few years ago during an extremely cold spell near Tombstone, AZ. Once it warmed up all was OK. No damage, and for the next few nights we left water dripping at a sink faucet - grey water drain open. Don't know it that would work for you.


I let a guy stay in his motorhome, parked behind my shop one winter. We had an extremely unusual cold spell. He left his water dripping with his grey valve open. While the water was running through the drain hose, it acted just like an ice machine. the water froze in the hose, and backed up into EVERYTHING.....and froze. When it started thawing out, he had a mess.
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I would leave the water heater on and add a small heater or light bulb to add some heat to the wet bay. Turn off the pump and disconnect city water hose.
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Do you have a trouble light or other heat source in the wet bay? Are you running your onboard propane furnace? Do you have the cabinet doors open under the sinks? The Journey is pretty well designed to preclude frozen water pipes if you follow those suggestions. +15 degree temperatures is about the coldest we've experienced with our Journey and Sunnybrook TT before that and have not experienced onboard frozen water lines following those practices.
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I'd be off the computer and on the phone calling a truck shop or RV repair center. Ask simply to rent a parking space for the night so your pipes can thaw out. $20,$30,$40 or $50 for the favor would be a lot better than going through the misery of replacing heater tanks, pipes and who knows what else.
Then get the RV winterized.
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Not very much information to form a response. Is it in storage or are you occupying it? Are you connected to shore power? Are you using the propane furnace or heat pumps? Are you connected to city water? What temperatures are you dealing with?

Assuming you're occupying the coach, use the propane furnace exclusively; keep the water heater on; use a few light bulbs below if it's really cold, i.e.- in the teens.

If you can provide more detail you'll surely get more specific responses.

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the combustion/exhaust chamber of water heater is exposed to the cold....one big heat loss

Turn water heater ON

Turn propane furnace ON

Open cabinet doors/drawers so warm air can circulate inside cabinets
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I would leave it on and put a hair dryer in the wet bay and close the door.
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Yeap, leave it on. Prevent further freeze-up and help warm the existing frozen line somewhat.
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