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Old 02-25-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Water system

Heading out on maiden voyage next week to Nashville and Memphis. Concerned about activating water system with temps hovering around or below freezing at night. Coach is equipped with gas furnace and heat pump. Will that be enough to keep pipes and holding tanks from freezing?
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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Depends on your coach. Does your fresh water tank have a duct from the heater? Do you have heating pads on holding tanks?
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Depends on your coach. Does your fresh water tank have a duct from the heater? Do you have heating pads on holding tanks?
Good question. Don't know. 2005 Winnebago Journey 39K w/basement TrueAir residential central heating and air conditioning.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick response. Good question. Don't know. 2005 Winnebago Journey 39K with TrueAir central heating and A/C. Furnace and heat pump located in basement so I would imagine tanks and pipes are kept reasonably warm.
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That's a fancy coach and would think your heater or something keeps your tank warm. Maybe someone with the same coach can chime in. Locate your water tank and see what you can find.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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Yep, it's going to be a little chilly... but with a well heated coach, you should be OK. I think you might have some trouble with the CG water faucet freezing though.

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Thanks! And the CG water faucet is what/where?
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Thanks! And the CG water faucet is what/where?
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How long will you be gone? I would be more concerned about wnterizing when you get back, it's a fair amount of work to be doing in the cold. If you're not familiar with the process and location of all the components that need to be accessed to winterize the middle of winter isn't going to be a fun time to learn.

If you're only going to be gone a few days bottled water would be a lot easier.
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If you are using the first time and it has been winterized, don't do what I did and forget to open the water heater bypass before turning on the water heater or you will burn up the element.
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If you are using the first time and it has been winterized, don't do what I did and forget to open the water heater bypass before turning on the water heater or you will burn up the element.
Flush the system with water before opening the bypass...you don't want pink stuff in the WH tank. Then open the bypass and fill it with water. IIRC, the element will burn if you turn the electric side on without water.
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Most RV's with enclosed tanks can go down to 20 at night no tribble.

If you are worried, carry water in containers INSIDE the RV for the first day or so then once you get to "no more freezing expected" charge the water system with bleach/water mix, then drain and flush with baking soda/water mix, then drain and flush with clear water, then fill and use.
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The water tank itself is no worry as the volume of water (bulk) will keep it from freezing, especially if the outside temp is above freezing during the day.

The water pipes are what may take some time to protect from freezing, but as they are inside I don't worry about it till it gets to 28 degrees or so, and then the lower temps have to be for some sustained period of time.

Additionally, if the water lines are PEX, vices the old copper stuff, even if the system freezes at some point, rupture of the line is substantially less probable.

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Thanks...with TrueAir central heating and A/C. Furnace and heat pump located in basement so I would imagine tanks and pipes are kept reasonably warm.
FYI, the heat pump won't generate heat when the outside temp is much below 40F. Heat pump heat probably comes out of your ceiling (AC) ducts, not the floor ducts and may not heat your basement area. You'll need the gas furnace for heat. A portable electric heater(s) won't provide much heat to your basement/water system area.

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