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Old 02-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Hard freeze in Florida

New to RVing and live in NE Florida. Natl Weather Service calling for a hard freeze tonight (27 degrees for 2 hours or more). I must be away for the next 20 hours. I am hooked to shore power and wonder if leaving furnace on low of 50 degrees would be enough to prevent freezing damage. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I feel bad calling 27 degrees a hard freeze after reading what others go through.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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I live in Northwest Indiana. I had my Pace Arrow outside one night and it dropped to 25 with no heater on in the coach and never had a problem. I didn't intentionally do it that way, the guys at work couldn't fit it back into the warehouse.
You'll have the heat on 50 which is more than enough to prevent any freezing damage in my opinion.
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Thats what I had mine on last night in Tallahassee, I have had no problems in a few years ,except a garden hose that froze.

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Old 02-12-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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hard freeze requires more than a couple hours. Being as your location is within a mile of the 60 degree Atlantic ocean.. I wouldnt concern myself with winterizing.
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You should be fine with it set at that temp. I see we're going to be cold again tonite but then some milder weather for the rest of the week. HOOOORAY!
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John, it may only get to 27* for two hours and that is not going to cause problems UNLESS it has been sitting in the low 30's for some time to cool things down. For ease of mind I would turn your furnace on at that low temp of 50* so you can sleep well at night. Make sure your water system is not pressurized so if anything freezes it has room to expand. There should be a low point drain on the plumbing system somewhere that will drain water out of the pump and other basement pipes.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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I am in cold weather. It drops into the teens at night. I leave my furnace set to 50 degrees over night and all is fine
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I forgot to turn off the water and take my water pressure regulator inside once under similar conditions and my regulator cracked. We learn by mistakes.
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I know this post is a few days old, but for future reference. Always leave cabinet doors open under sinks. Let's warmed air in to circulate around the plumbing.

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I know a lot of people up here in eastern Oregon that leave their TT hooked up and put small electric heaters in side. They open the cabinet doors around any thing that has plumbing in it. lets more warm air get in there to protect the pipes
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There is no such thing as a hard freeze in Florida unless you are talking about your wife passing 60.
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