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Old 01-26-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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Should we be concerned about water tank freezing (Tiffin Allegro Bay 06 37DB)

we haven't done any winter camping and are concerned about how much water we can safely carry onboard for winter, dry camping in our 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bay 37DB.
Has anybody had experience with this? Thanks in advance!
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we haven't done any winter camping and are concerned about how much water we can safely carry onboard for winter, dry camping in our 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bay 37DB.
Has anybody had experience with this? Thanks in advance!
If you will be camping below freezing temps then you could run into problems. Not only your tank, but the water lines, etc. In our coach the water tank is in an insulated bay with a heater duct and the gray and black tanks are heated. Nevertheless, there are areas that could still freeze and you have to either insulate it or get the temps above freezing to prevent damage. Some folk use lamps to keep bays above freezing.
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In our previous unit, which did not have tank area heating, we used colored light bulbs for the tanks and behind the refrigerator (to keep the ice maker line from freezing).
We never had any problem down into the teens at Lake Tahoe.

We also kept the cabinet doors open inside the unit
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The OP is concerned with freezing of water tanks and lines during drycamping. Many freezing issues can be remedied with a good supply of energy. When drycamping obviously you do not have an unlimited supply of power. If it is very cold, you will be forced to use your furnace to get heat down into the bays under your coach. Furnaces use a considerable amount of 12v power. So you need to have either enough solar or a generator to keep your house bank above a 50% charge.
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...Furnaces use a considerable amount of 12v power. So you need to have either enough solar or a generator to keep your house bank above a 50% charge.
I have often run BOTH furnaces during the night on just the batteries. One night it was only 17 degrees F and they ran almost continuously. Batteries showed 12.1volts in the morning, which is just over a 50% charge. All you are powering is a couple of 12 volt DC motors and the control circuit. You would have to recharge the batteries during the day with the generator, but the gen would not have to run all night.
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The OP is concerned with freezing of water tanks and lines during drycamping. Many freezing issues can be remedied with a good supply of energy. When drycamping obviously you do not have an unlimited supply of power. If it is very cold, you will be forced to use your furnace to get heat down into the bays under your coach. Furnaces use a considerable amount of 12v power. So you need to have either enough solar or a generator to keep your house bank above a 50% charge.
The OP has a 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bay 37DB which has an Onan 7000. The OP will most likely use the generator and will be able to use 110VAC vs 12VDC to help keeping things warm.
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