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Old 11-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Outside temp and water hose

At what temperature do you disconnect your water hose and run off fresh water tank.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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At what temperature do you disconnect your water hose and run off fresh water tank.
GREAT QUESTION, but there's not a simple answer...Freezing temps will arrive in low ground first - often right where the hose is laying.

If you are running the water, you can keep using a shore tie well below freezing temps outside. The water will keep the hose from freezing.

If the temp will approach freezing while you are not using the feed (you are away or asleep overnight). disconnect the hose - drain it - stow it - protect it. If you don't the hose can blow-out or become a solid rod of ice.

If you buy or make a heated hose, then you can use it well below freezing temps....like: PIRIT Heated Hose : The Only Cold Weather Heated Hose

Also, some campgrounds secure the water system when temps are expected to drop overnight...if so, pull the hose and drain it before bedtime.

Best luck
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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If temperature is forecast to go below 32F, I stow the hose.
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Since we are full timing this winter, I went to Lowes and bought a 30 foot heat tape and some foam insulation wrap. It is plugged in and turns on when it gets down to about 35 degrees. Should take care of my water system around here.
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If freezing temps are forecast, I disconnect both ends, drain all water from the hose and leave in place. next mourning when temps go above freezing I hook it up again. If it is staying below freezing in the daytime, I just take out the hose every couple of days and refill the water tank.
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If freezing temps are forecast, I disconnect both ends, drain all water from the hose and leave in place. next mourning when temps go above freezing I hook it up again. If it is staying below freezing in the daytime, I just take out the hose every couple of days and refill the water tank.

X 2. Anytime they are predicting close to 32 degF, unhook and drain the hose. We will be adding the heat tape to the hose and water filters and some insulation after we get situated for the winter.

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We lived in our TT one winter while our house was being built. Temps got as low as +15 degrees. I ran heat tape along my water input hose and used the black foam pipe insluation over it. We had no problems with that setup. Make sure you have heat on the water supply valve and shut off from the RV site to your hose. I was able to "box" over the spigot and use a truuble light for heat.
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Do you look at actual temp or wind chill? or does wind chill matter for the water hose?
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Windchill has no effect on freezing pipes or any other object. Windchill only affects people and animals...... At least that's what I've heard the weather experts say on TV.
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Wind chill is the apparent temperature as felt by a living organism. The wind blowing across a live cell surface pulls the moisture and chills the surface and it feel cooler. An example of this at a higher temperature is when you put water on your hand and then blow across it. It is cooler.

A pipe is not a living cell and there is no chilling of the surface.

Wind chill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Read up on it here.

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