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Old 12-06-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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Question about running the heater

Hi there everyone

Ok we boon dock 5 nights a week and stay at parks on weekends. But this weekend it's negative 7 out and none of the parks have water and my water tank or lines are frozen. So we're staying at a hotel for the weekend to get out of the dangerous cold. Even with the heater and two small space heaters we can't get the bus above 60 degrees in the main cabin.

But the real question is should I leave the furnace on (not the space heaters).
While we're in the hotel. I'm afraid if I turn it off the rest of the water will freeze and cause more damage. N

Thoughts and suggestions greatly appreciated.

We will be in the hotel for 3 days

We have a 2000 sports man coachman diesel pusher.


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Old 12-06-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I would leave the heat on.

Can you put an electric heater in the basement?

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:14 PM   #3
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As long as you are plugged in I see no reason why you can't leave the furnace on. Might also consider leaving a light bulb in the bins where the pipes are susceptible to freezing. Either that or head south.

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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Sounds like you must leave it on, so you must then do whatever is necessary for that to happen.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:39 PM   #5
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You may want to drain whatever water you can from your tanks. If you have electric heat for water heater, leave it on or drain the tank! If you have it put antifreeze in all p-traps and black and grey water tanks, just in case. If furnace is left on and you set it above freezing, you should be ok for interior piping. Open cabinet doors to allow heat into those areas where pipes are. Light in storage where water pump is will help.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #6
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Heading south is not an option. I'm on tour and we're playing Nebraska and then iowa this coming week as well as Wisconsin.

We're not plugged in as we're not staying at the rv park. The bus is sitting out in the hotel parking lot. I plan to start her up tomorrow morning and take it out to fill the propane and run the generator to recharge the batteries. I have a small space heater I could put in the bay where the water tank gets filled or I can put a light in there which might be safer for now.

We're making our way east to pa and will be there in 10 days hoping for warmer weather there.

Thx for the comments and thoughts. I feel better now leaving it on. I also left the hot water heater on as well.
We can't drain any water as it's all frozen. Nothing comes out when I open the drains. Like I said its negative 10 degrees here and that is just to dang cold. Thankful for the hotel this weekend. My daughter was even more thankful and was super excited that I let her order room service. She never did that before and thought it was so cool to call on the phone and then they delivered all the food right to our door. LOL. Love my kid!

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Sam I know that area well, If you can get it inside RV shop or truck shop, get it thawed out, and have it winterized, hope it turns out ok, I've made some repairs on mine from freezing, not fun.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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If I winterized it then I can't live in it. I need the water and everything for cooking restroom showers etc. we will be on the east coast in about 10 days it will thaw out then and we should be good to go. Praying no other damage has happened to the bus. I don't think anything has happened so we should be ok.

Thx again everyone.

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