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Old 08-28-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Winter Camping

Hello all. New with alot of questions. Need your input on winter camping. RV does not have heated basement and we want to use it year round in GA, FL. Weather here does get below freezing at night. How can I use it without winterizing the plumbing between uses in cold weather?

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Old 08-28-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Welcome RoadStar04 to irv2.
It would help if you listed your motor home here and in your profile signature so we can help you.
You may have some things in MH that are required.

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Old 08-28-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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I live in an area that gets an occasional dip to 30 at night, but I don't consider that a "Hard" freeze. I am pretty sure the folks that winterize are looking at long term daytime highs that are still in the freeze range...but I may be totally wrong on this so I'll be standing by for responses too.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:49 PM   #4
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I put some small desk lamps (with the adjustable/flexible bodies) with 60w bulbs in the basement.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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I do a good bit of winter RV useage, and unless it's going to get below the mid 20 range overnight I don't do anything. My coach does have a heated bay that is heated by the furnace. If it is going to get down below the low 20 range, I usually put a small electric cube heater in the wet bay to keep the temperature above freezing, or use a 100 watt light instead. I have been in near zero overnight temperatures with no problems.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #6
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We lived in NC for a while and I never winterized our coaches. What I did do is put a layer or two of foam insulating board (pink or blue, or aluminum foil faced, depending on where I bought it and where I was using it) around the wet compartments and used electric heaters. On the class C I used 12V heaters as the compartments were small.

With the Newmar I use 120V ceramic box heaters set at their lowest wattage.

With both coaches I added circuits using Honeywell Cadet electric baseboard t'stats which can be set at 35 degrees F and plugged the heaters into them.

I kept the inside warm with yet another 120V ceramic heater with Cadet t'stat set to 35 degrees.

In the winter I cleared the wet compartments so the heaters could operate safely and monitored them closely with wireless thermometers with alarms. Same with the inside, cleared the area around the heater and monitored with wireless thermometers.

This worked well, except for the time we were at Ski Beech and it got to 4 degrees with 35MPH winds, then we had the line from the tank to the pump freeze. I have since relocated the line and put more insulation in.

Since I assume you live in either GA or FL you probably don't need the heaters but you could add the insulation around the compartments to give you peace of mind.

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Not sure from your question if you are speaking of camping or storage in Ga and FL. I have not had any problems with freezing when camping down to around 20F. Did stay in Taos NM a week and temps were less than 20 every night and holding tank dump valves froze but hair dryer opened them to be able to dump. And of course had to use on board water with our water pump but that worked fine. You can use 100 watt bulbs to heat up compartments you are worried about

For storage, I do not do anything but drain water heater tank, with valves open in MH for all sinks, shower, toilet, etc. So far this has worked for me. Hope this helps............ronspradley
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:49 AM   #8
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Thank you all so very much. I believe with your input I can do winter camp and store in our area without problems. Just wanted to check with exprienced folks to get a better understanding. Nothing beats experience in these matters. You all have a great day.

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