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Old 01-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #43
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A small ceramic heated in basement, open all cabinet doors, disconnect water supply. letting water drip is ok if tanks are protected. A bit of preparation goes a long way.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #44
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I use either a trouble light or a small heater in my wet bay to keep the pipes from freezing, I also found a recepticle that is thermo sensitive, only comes on at temp under @40 deg. You can get them from Gun Dog Supply they use them to put in dog houses to light a bulb to keep fido warm. I also keep remote sensors to make sure nothing is freezing.
So far this season I did 0 deg in Taos at the ski run, last year did 17 below.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by frazierdee View Post
I never thought about the tanks - how likely the gray and black tanks could freeze?
dump a bit of antifreeze in the holding tanks if you are worried about them

but the fittings and valves should have some warmth to,
that's what will freeze before a full holding tank
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:30 PM   #46
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Well, we've braved the first month of cold weather. Not entirely all sub-freezing, but we've had 5-6 days in a row where the temps don't get above 32F.

We're running a 1500 watt heater in the basement continuously. That's worked down into the lower single digit temps we've had at night.

HOWEVER... lessons learned:

1) our black tank is positioned such that I just can't get much heat to it. So now we are putting about 10% Glycol windshield washer fluid in it (the blue stuff). Why that over the pink RV anti-freeze? Well, it's still rated to -20F (instead of -50F) but it's less than half the cost, and quantity is better than quality, it seems. In other words, better to have 6 gallons of blue fluid than 3 gallons of pink... it seems to mix better. (of course, the blue stuff is NOT safe for consumption. We strictly pour it down the toilet).

2) the icemaker line to the fridge had a plastic fitting that cracked (being exposed to the cold, I assume it had water that froze. I've capped it off at the metal line portion.

3) No matter how well you think you've drained your sewer line... you still need to pack it away or somehow it freezes into a giant black log.

4) we're not running city water. Just filling the fresh tank every few days.

5) in the living area it's taking 4500 watts worth of electric heaters to keep it warm... and when the temps drop to single digits we are having to run the propane furnace for 10-15 minutes in the morning before either of us is willing to brave the shower

Aside from that, things have been okay. Some days with high wind we're been forced to keep the slides in, but that's not the end of the world.

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Originally Posted by rvjimmy View Post
I sure am glad that I have basement heat, it sure reduces the stress when it gets cold. Jim
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Check your water lines under the coach. I found one of mine last weekend that the insulation had came off and a 90 on another line without insulation. these are not in heated areas. Jim
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:57 PM   #49
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Latest lesson: find the water cutoff for the icemaker and cut the water off from it. The cap failed over the super cold weekend -- the copper fittings literally tore out.


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