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Old 01-03-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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98 HR Alumalite Cold Weather

I just purchased a 32' 98 Holiday Rambler Alumalite and will be camping in temps in the low 20's by the middle of the week. We have had several nights about 28 and everything has been fine but worried low 20's will be a problem.

The underside of the trailer is completely enclosed and I have been unable to find access to the area with the water tanks and the majority of the plumbing to monitor temps. Any ideas on how the access this area?

I am hooked to power but am not hooking up to sewer and water to prevent outside freezing.

The outside compartment where the fresh waster comes in and controls for the dump valves is very small and little insulation. I have a remote temp gauge in there and it reads about 35 on the nights it to about 28 Will stuffing this area with fiberglass insulation be enough to protect this area?

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I'd want to have a remote reading thermometer in with the tanks to monitor temps. There might be access through a closet or storage compartment. Often the water pump is under the steps to bedroom in 5ers. I'd also investigate routing of water lines. Make sure they are all inside the insulated shell of the RV, not routed through unheated spaces. An open cabinet door or closet can aide in getting heat into spaces that need it.

Insulating a space that has no heat will do little to keep temps up, you actually need to add heat with a light bulb before insulation would do any good.

Also, many RVs use a duct from the LP gas furnace to heat wet bay areas. If you use a space heater to cut down on gas use you can allow temperatures to drop in the wet bay or underside enclosure. Again the remote thermometer can tell you what's happening and if you need to add a drop light with an incandescent bulb to give area a little heat.
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Thanks for the help. I have come to the conclusion that the only access to basement is by removing the panels under the trailer. The stairs to bedroom are carpet but I will investigate if the is any access there.

The best I could find is meat type thermometer that has a range down to 0 degrees. I stuck this threw several places where the plumbing penetrate the basement with outside temps are about 30. And got reading from 50 - 60. When temps are freezing I use the main furnace and keep the space heater use to a minimum. Not sure if there is a vent in basement but at least the ducts are running threw the to provide some heat.

Would you worry about running the light unattended for extended periods in the small compartment where the plumbing controls are? The compartment is is 20"x12"x12" bust most of the area if filled with the plumbing controls. I worry about danger of fire or melting some of the lines

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Use a 60 watt or 75 watt bulb, as long as the bulb isn't in direct contact with plastic or wood the danger of fire or heat damage is very minimum. Does that compartment also contain the water pump? It is not usually put into an unreachable space.
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No the water pump is not in that compartment. It is just the fresh water inlet, fresh water tank fill, fresh water tank drain, dump valves levers, black water tank flush, and outdoor shower. I will try to lactate the area of the pump from the sound and see if I can find an access. Thanks for the help
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