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Old 02-06-2019, 09:26 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 8 degrees F last night, water still flowing

A lot of people ask what RVs are good for cold weather. I really do think I've got one. 2015 Outdoors RV Black Stone 19B.

The NWS foloks are horrible about predicting the weather in Pendleton OR, and they blew it last night. The pushed the predicted overnight temp up from 11 to 12 (I know, not that big of a deal). I woke up to single digit temps.

The first thing I worried about was having water. I just installed heat wires on the hydrant pipe I use for water. It was frozen shut yesterday until I warmed it up with a heat gun. It's wrapped in insulation too, and the Camco heated hose I've had for three winters now is great.

The kitchen faucet was still dripping this morning, and I even have hot water in the bathroom. Two winters ago I was in single digit, zero, and below zero temps, and the water line from the hot water heater under the floor to the bathroom froze up, so no hot water to clean up in the morning. Not today. Everything is working like i need it.

I'm so grateful I bought this trailer instead of so many others that looked nice, but weighed less, and might not have done as well in this weather.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:32 AM   #2
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That's good to hear it worked out for you. I know ours is warmer than the Thor Komfort we had previously but I haven't tested it that cold. But I don't think I'll de-winterize it yet. Temps tonight are supposed to be double digit (-36F) so not quite camping weather. Maybe May.
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Hey, you're in the Great White North. You're supposed to be hibernating, aren't you?

The predicted high will be near 30F. I'll dump the gray tank because of the dripping faucets to prevent freezing, and pick up a couple jugs of cheap rv antifreeze at Walmart so the tanks will dump if the temp drops down and stays there.
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Hey, you're in the Great White North. You're supposed to be hibernating, aren't you?
LOL...I tried the hibernating trick once but my wife got suspicious when I kept showing up at meal time. Also said something about the sidewalk and a shovel.
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You knew the job was dangerous when you took it ;-)
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Predicted low of 1F tonight. I'll report what happens overnight tomorrow. I think that I might freeze up, so I'll set some water aside in pitchers stored in the bathtub Justin Case.
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How are you handling the humidity in the trailer? Any condensation problems?
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When it's really cold like right now, 1įF, the windows are covered in moisture, there's moisture in some of the closed cabinets, and in some of the corners of the walls. There just is. I don't worry to much about it, because I've never been able to get rid of it. I haven't had a mold or fungus problem either. I have a small dehumidifier, and it does pull water out of the air, but when it's this cold the moisture is frozen, so it stays put.
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So other than what sounds like some frost build up on the windows and walls your water lines are fine? If so that's pretty good.
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Because of the design of my trailer, I left the kitchen sink faucet dripping cold water, and the bathroom sink faucet dripping hot water, and I have water flowing in both locations.
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Thatís doing really well then. I havenít tried ours much below -5 to -7. Ours will stay in storage for another 3 months for sure. Iím wondering if we would cause any damage even to take it out of storage to go south if we could. Took this shot yesterday of the furnace chimney at the back of the shop.
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Because of the design of my trailer, I left the kitchen sink faucet dripping cold water, and the bathroom sink faucet dripping hot water, and I have water flowing in both locations.
That is doing good. Its supposed to be much warmer here next week so hopefully it will be for you too.


I've wondered the same thing John. I'm even hesitant about stepping inside just to check on things never mind moving it fearing something might crack.
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I've wondered the same thing John. I'm even hesitant about stepping inside just to check on things never mind moving it fearing something might crack.[/QUOTE]



I just canít see moving it at this temp doing any good. I havenít gone in mine either but for different reasons. After mine got broke into I check by driving by. No tracks then I donít make any. If thereís tracks then Iíll check. I must admit Iím getting the itch to go. In the mean time Iíll just plan this summers travels.
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Drained the sewage tanks today when it reached the mid 20's F. I should be good for the whole weekend now. Still lows in the single digits. The Pendleton NWS office is terrible at getting the temp predictions right, at 7F we're already below the predicted low temp for the night, which was 10F. That's -14C for the folks in the rest of the world, and 259 Kelvin for the Smart Alecs among us.
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