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Old 10-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Red face Getting 5th wheel ready for winter occupancy

Need some advice and help. We will be living in our fifth wheel for the winter and know nothing about how to keep the pipes under the fifth wheel from freezing and what about underpinning? Any information would be helpful. Thank you all so much.
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Welcome to iRV2. W. Virginia in a Cougar in the winter....it might be doable. Dies the Cougar have a insulated and heated basement? You can use electri heaters to supplement the propane furnace, but you will need to run the furnace to get warm air into the basement and prevent freezing.

The Cougar is not really considered a 4-season trailer.

You will need to heat trace and wrap the water line and faucet. Probably the drain line as well. Or unhook from the fresh water and operate from the onboard tank.

It will help to get a skirt around the trailer to keep the cold out from under the trailer. We had an Avion 5er that was a 4-season trailer that we lived in in freezing weather in NE Oklahoma. The lowest we saw was 17 deg F...but that was a 4-season trailer.

Best of luck.
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More food for thought... If the unit is not going to be moved for the winter stay, pick up about a dozen Bails of straw, put them around the base of the unit, you will be amazed at how much warmer things will stay. + you can move them outa the way if you have to relocate ...
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The thing to watch about the hay bails is the little critters that are looking for a nice winter home with a ready source of food. Also the fire concern for the hay.

You might want to adopt a basement cat......

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