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Old 11-14-2019, 07:05 PM   #1
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Winterize for 1 night??? Tell me no Pls

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We have a Class A Adventurer & live in Southern CA. We will be traveling to Idaho for a 1 night turnaround. If we are inside the coach with the heater on will we be safe without winterizing ??? Plan on being there the 2nd week in Dec.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:12 PM   #2
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Keep the furnace on, and put a temperature monitor in the water bay. Make sure you have electricity where you park. You can then put a light for heat, or a small heater in the water bay if the monitor shows the temps getting too low. We traveled in sub freezing temps many times. You just have to watch the water bay. This is assuming you have somewhat of a closed in basement with heat.
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If you are staying in the RV and keeping it comfortable then you shouldn't have to winterize, provided you have some sort of heat source in the basement and/or your furnace provides heat to the basement. Buy a remote temperature monitor so you can keep track of the wet bay.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:41 PM   #4
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If your basement isnt heated by your furnace, you will need to buy some small electric heaters and place them around you water and waste tanks. I bought three from Walmart that were cheap but effective. Also wherever you have water lines, you better have some heat or insulation.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:02 PM   #5
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Hi folks
We have a Class A Adventurer & live in Southern CA. We will be traveling to Idaho for a 1 night turnaround. If we are inside the coach with the heater on will we be safe without winterizing ??? Plan on being there the 2nd week in Dec.
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Short answer is yes you will be fine.
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Dont leave your water hose out, top off your fresh water tank and use the on board pump.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:35 PM   #7
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This has been discussed in other threads so this is not my original but you can also let the water drip out of the sinks and shower as an extra layer of protection.
I would not do it for one night I would think the best piece of mind is to buy a remote temp monitor so while you are doing all the other things listed above you know you are safe for sure.
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Old 11-14-2019, 09:26 PM   #8
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We have a Class A Adventurer & live in Southern CA. We will be traveling to Idaho for a 1 night turnaround. If we are inside the coach with the heater on will we be safe without winterizing ??? Plan on being there the 2nd week in Dec.
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If daytime highs reach 50, and nighttime lows do not fall below 27, an unheated RV will not freeze water lines enough to sustain damage. Residual daytime heat will counteract nighttime lows. The lows occur between about 6 AM to daylight.
If you are heating the RV, that lessens the odds of freezing almost to the point of nill.The unknown here is the temperatures you expect to encounter since you didn't mention weather.
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If you end up having to stay more than one night in freezing temps be sure to consider how to keep your water lines inside the coach warm. Our solution is to put small electric ceramic heaters on small folding stools, run them on the low 750 watt setting and point them at the water lines under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. We set both furnaces on 55 and open the shower and throne room doors to get heat from the furnaces to their lines. Be aware of which water lines are close to an outside wall where the freezing temps can get at them.
One trick we learned is to set a small fan on the floor pointed at the ceiling. It takes cold air off the floor and bounces it off the ceiling where it mixes with the warmer air hugging the ceiling and distributes even heat from floor to ceiling. The fan uses very little electricity especially on LOW. You can safely use 2 cheap Walmart heaters set on LOW along with the fan and not exceed the continous rating of a 20 amp circuit. If you put one of the heaters on HIGH you might trip a circuit breaker.
One day I put a small thermometer on the floor and noted the temperature. I then placed it on the dining table and noted the temperature. Lastly I put the thermometer up to the ceiling. The temperature on the table was 10 warmer than the floor and the ceiling was 15 warmer than the floor. I think we save a lot of propane by taking some of that wasted heat off the ceiling where we can use it down where we like to hang out.
We stay nice and warm in bed with 2 good blankets and a down comforter. We survived last winter's "atomic blizzard" in the Denver area without problems except the campground lost power for awhile so we started the generator to keep the electric heaters going until it came back on.
We did have to break out of the coach in the morning as the whole curbside of the coach was encased in ice.
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If you will be staying in the coach keep the temp set where you are comfortable. The Adventurer has a basement heater and unless you get into below zero temps with wind, you will be fine. We used to leave WI in January in below zero temps heading for AZ. We left with full fresh water and full propane. -17* and 60 mph with no problems. The water compartment is the most vulnerable, so I had the bottom sprayed with 2" of Urethane and added the Back Seat Heater below. You won't have to do any of that, but the BSH is a nice and cheap insurance policy for those unexpected trips into freezing temps.

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Hi folks
We have a Class A Adventurer & live in Southern CA. We will be traveling to Idaho for a 1 night turnaround. If we are inside the coach with the heater on will we be safe without winterizing ??? Plan on being there the 2nd week in Dec.
Thanks
You need to know where your fresh water tank, water pump and outside shower are located. If they are all in the wet bay you should be fine using a small heater or a light bulb to keep the bay above freezing temperature. If not you will have to make other preparations to protect anything not housed in the wet bay.
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