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Old 01-04-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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How cold will rv take

I have read through most all the posts on winterizing but haven't seen this ask so far.

2014 Providence sitting in cold storage. Plugged in with Aqua Hot and tank heaters. Temp set on 45 and holds it steady. Checked it at 6 degrees and inside was 45 degrees but water filter was 32. Drained filter and put 60 watt light in side door for a little extra heat.

Currently not drained because of trip at end of this week. Suppose to get to -10 Wed night here.

Will it survive ?


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Old 01-04-2015, 12:10 PM   #2
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Turn the heat up inside a bit........basement will also be warmer, especially with the light bulb. I am not saying it will survive.......but this would help I think.

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Old 01-04-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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I have been in mine several times below zero, -15 F in Breckenridge CO noting froze up, but I did supplement the utility compartment with a small electric heater. I also spent a -23 F in MO many years ago, the dump valve froze closed so I couldn't dump that morning, but a little electric heater in bay and in no time it thawed.

I agree with more heat, especially in the utility compartment. Other thing is, what type of refrigerator do you have? My brother froze his 2 way fridge in his '01 Eagle in Breckenridge with me because he wasn't using the propane side. I have a household fridge in mine.
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I'd watch the water lines exposed to outside walls. Especially the ice cuber lines. Put an extra electric heater or two in the compartments with water in them.....run the water once in a while to make sure they don't freeze up.
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It is more of a question of the rate of how much energy you put in and how much it loses.

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Old 01-04-2015, 04:23 PM   #6
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Turn the house thermostat up to 70! That's where you are going to want it when you leave on your trip anyway, so why not warm up the house now? The additional thermal energy in the house will help keep things from freezing up in the basement.

I would never leave our coach plugged in and set at only 45 degrees. You've already lost the war against the cold when the temperature is set that low.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:28 PM   #7
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Most class A motor homes with heated enclosed tanks are rated to 20 degrees (F) with the furnace set on 68 degrees.

With modification you can make it to 10-12 degrees (F) (did that last winter).
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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In addition to turning the heat up, open the cabinet doors under the lavatory and kitchen sink. And if you have a washer, get some heat to the pipes for that. Personally, I would blow the lines out.
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In addition to turning the heat up, open the cabinet doors under the lavatory and kitchen sink. And if you have a washer, get some heat to the pipes for that. Personally, I would blow the lines out.
Ditto blow out the lines, what if power went off for short while and you start at 45?
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Our 07 cc magna froze up at -15 earlier this winter. we added a heat exchanger off he aqua hot into the plumbing bay, before it had only a radiator with o forced air. we also added line heaters and added an ac electric heater set for 62f. Just in case I added a shut off valve between the holding tank and the water pump so I can drain just the lines with the low point drain. Finally I bought cheap pillows that fit between the bay door and the plumbing bay cover for additional insulation while on the road. I recently had it in - 20 with no freeze up in the plumbing bay,
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I place eight trouble lights around the coach...washer, water pump, ice maker, etc. Also, if you have it, turn on the AGS (Auto Gen Start) so if you lose power the gen will come on to recarge the batteries...which you'll need for the Aqua Hot.

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