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Old 12-26-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Need advice as to when to fill fresh water tank after winterization

I am getting ready to leave Kentucky in a few day to go to Alabama for 3 weeks. My 2014 Thor Windsport has been winterized by blowing air thru the lines. The high temperature will be in the 20's on the day I plan to leave. I would like to put some fresh water in it before I leave just to fill up the hot water heater and to have some water available for the two day trip. I could just carry some gallons on water with me and wait until I get down south but I really would like to check out the system before I leave. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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I personally would not un-winterize a system when ambient temps are below freezing. Frozen/busted plumbing parts are just not worth the luxury of running water. Carry water in plastic jugs like the pioneers did and enjoy your trip south to warmer climes.
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I personally would not un-winterize a system when ambient temps are below freezing. Frozen/busted plumbing parts are just not worth the luxury of running water. Carry water in plastic jugs like the pioneers did and enjoy your trip south to warmer climes.
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We'll be leaving on Sunday. I have the heat set at 55, the fridge is on and I'll put on a 1/3 tank of water Friday. We have been doing like this for 12 years without a problem. The coldest we have dealt with is 9.
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First, congratulations on leaving Kentucky. If you are going to use it, I'd think putting some water in the tank for travel should be fine. Does your RV have a heated bay? That means that the heat used in the living quarters is also used to keep tanks above freezing. Put a remote thermometer in the wet bay to monitor. I've traveled a number of times through very cold temps. (15 F) and had water in the tank, flushed toilet, taken showers, etc. You are heading south, probably by the end of the first day you'll be in milder temps.
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I agree with Ed, if you can have the house heating system activated prior to filling the water tank and can leave it on until you're in warm weather, Make sure that you can keep the heat on overnight -and- during the portion of the drive where you are exposed to subfreezing temps; there should be "bleed air" from the heater to the compartment(s) that have water tanks and plumbing. That should prevent a freeze.

That's my standard procedure for departing the Chicago area in winter, southward bound.
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We leave from Phila Feb 1st going down to Key West. A week prior I'll check everything out, start up the refrigerator and set the heat at 50.

I'll fill up the water tank the day before and flush out the lines, fill up the water heater, set the coach heaters at 70 and if it's really cold, put a small electric heater in the water bay to keep the filter & pump from freezing.

This is what works for me.
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I would not de-winterize if it were me. We carry water by the gallon unitl we are in a assured mild temperature area. When on the road we take a shower at the Flying J. There shower areas are all private and spotless. It's worth the $10.
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I personally would not un-winterize a system when ambient temps are below freezing. Frozen/busted plumbing parts are just not worth the luxury of running water. Carry water in plastic jugs like the pioneers did and enjoy your trip south to warmer climes.
Yep, them thar plastic jugs came in handy in the Conestoga wagons in the 1800s.
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Had full use of water systems at 16F with no issues, my 2000 Allegro Bay does have heat in the bays from the furnace.
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Thanks for all the responses.
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Carry water in plastic jugs like the pioneers did and enjoy your trip south to warmer climes.
The pioneers had plastic jugs?
Luckily our DSDP has heated bays so I don't have to worry about it, otherwise I'd use bottled water in cold temps too.
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If your coach has a furnace and it heats your compartment bays you have no problem filling water in your fresh water tank.
My Newmar has the heated bays and any trip to FL. from N.E. AREA I would fill for use on trip south.
Have been in Nappanee in Jan 1* temps and traveled to FL. with out a problem.
In the wet bay I would put a blanket of insulation over the water bay floor to block cold from entering that bay area.
Leaving Kentucky you should have no problem as long as you have your furnace on.
If you want hot water you will need that on after filling otherwise do not fill and leave by-pass valves in winter position.

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In case you missed it this link was in the link provided.
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