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Old 11-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon with fifth wheel question

My plans to spend a couple of days with my son & son-in-law at Grand Canyon Travel Trailer Village are looking a little chilly & wet. Looking for little advice regarding cool weather operation.
We have a 29 foot 2010 Rockwood ultralight 8265ws, pulling with 2012 F-250.
Traveling from Phoenix to Grand Canyon Friday about noon. Supposed to rain in Phoenix Friday & Saturday... Snow possible at Grand Canyon... High 40 low 20.
I have full propane, the park has full hook ups...
Question is, what do I need to watch out for? Guessing that enclosed underbelly will be ok if I turn on the "tank heater" button. (Guessing this heats all pipes under trailer)
Will the white fresh water hose be ok exposed?
Looking forward to an adventure, just don't want to break anything!
I bought the fifth wheel a couple of months ago and this will be my third short trip... Getting ready for retirement next month, starting travel in spring.
Thanks for any "cool weather camping" advice.
Hope this is in the right forum...

Bob Petty

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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Tank heaters are usually just pads on the tanks themselves only. Not pipes.
If you run your furnace, you MIGHT have ducts heating the underbelly.
Usually if there is heat in the trailer at that temp, you're ok.

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Some winterized parks won't allow water hose to be left hooked up. I'd fill the water tank when needed and stow the hose so it doesn't get blocked by frozen water or so stiff you can hardly wrestle it. On the slinky, again, you might only hook up when you need to. I've also had friends camped at Grand Canyon have their sewer hoses pecked full of holes by crows or ravens. I don't know if that's a November problem, but not one I'd like. Since it sounds like you have separate heat for the wet bay, you might wish to supplement your gas furnace with a small ceramic electric heater or two. It's best to run two on low plugged in to different circuits in the RV than one on high.

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