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Old 10-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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winter trips below freezing

I have a 2006 four winds hurricane. We are about to go on a trip were it will be below freezing.
The temps will be in the low 30s and high 20s. I am new to rving and not sure what to do about things freezing up. I will have my heat on and keep it around 65 to 70 for the wife and kids. I am worried about my holding tanks and fresh water tank. Thanks any help would be great.

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Make sure your LP Tank is full and furnace is working before you go have furnace working and check the lower tank compartments and see if you have heat from furnace in there.
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We did a two-week trip last year where probably half of it was below freezing. We always stayed at camps with heated water taps and never put water into the tank; just used bottled water to flush and clean while traveling. We just hooked up to the water for a short time in the evening and morning and disconnected at night. Our MH has the internal furnace vents run through the water bay so the holding tanks and pump (though not used) didn't freeze. We left the hot water heater on. We had no problems the whole trip.

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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Thanks if I dont have heat in my wet bay would a small ceramic heater work to temps up.
I cant fit a heater in my water tank bay but I am going to look at tank pads. Thanks.
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It's our first winter with our Thor ACE. We are planning on lots of winter camping, tailgating, skiing, etc. is winterizing necessary If i keep the heat going, do I stand a risk of doing damage? Did I mention we are in Cleveland? Does dip pretty low at times.
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Most Class A's that I'm aware of, leak a little heated air from the furnace into the water compartment. Others have heating pads for the tanks. But I've seen some manufacturers put them on top of the tank instead of underneath.

The water in the tank has thermal inertia...meaning it takes many nights of freezing temps to freeze it solid. And even longer if you park your RV so the tank side gets the sun most of the day. I've gone for weeks with 20F nights and 40F days. And several days/nights at 0F nights and 20-30F days. But when it got down to those temps, I'd put an electric heater in the bays. (Yes, a ceramic heater would work great). And left the under sink cabinet doors open. I also put in wireless thermostats so I could monitor temps near the tanks remotely.

If you don't have double paned windows, think about getting some insulating bubble foil to add a layer to them. And add winterizing pads to all the vents and the shower skylight.

It takes some work, but as long as the nights stay around 20F +, and you get sunshine on the RV during the days, have a good source of LP for quick fill ups, and your electric is reliable, you'll be fine.
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Thanks Jim!
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Can the furnace be used while driving down the road?
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I have a 2012 Newmar baystar and new to raving but last two winters I skied all winter out of RV every weekend in below freezing and no issues at all. I don't winterize and leave RV at 40 degrees during non use. Water tank never froze or holding . I do dump a little antifreeze in both holding tanks . My basement is heater and has prevented any freezing of pump or pipes.bought RV for a mobile ski house and so for 2 years and 14 k mil sit has really exceeded my expectations .
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Can the furnace be used while driving down the road?

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