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Old 10-20-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Precautionary measures for freezing temperatures plus mobile apps for RV-ing

We are heading to a location that is under a freeze warning. As a new RV-er what precautions do we need to take to prevent any potential freeze damage? Will simply having the heater running be enough?

Also, I'm looking for some good apps to download for RV stuff. Is there one that shows dumping stations?

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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AllStays camp and rv app has everything you may need.
In a pinch a trouble light or two under your rv by your holding tanks may help. As well as some type of skirting to keep the heat under your rv.
I hope this helps.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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By "freeze warning" do you mean 60F by day and maybe 25F at night?

If so, you'll need to do nothing different, absolutely nothing. You won't freeze anything on the RV with a couple hour dip below 32F when the days are warm.

If it stays cold during the day and/or dips for multiple hours well into the low-mid 20's, well that's a little different.
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AWESOME, THANKS. Gonna download app now. Also the freeze warning is from 2am to 9am so we should be fine from what your response said. THANKS AGAIN. This is such a great thing to refer to for help.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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It really depends on what kind of RV you have and how well your holding tanks are insulated. If by running the furnace, you can generate enough heat, you should be OK. If you are concerned about that, go buy some RV antifreeze and pour some in your gray and black tanks to ease your mind.

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I just looked up your unit and did a little reading---nice 5er by the way----which said your underbelly is heated by the furnace so all the information provided above applies. As long as you do not get into a sustained freeze you should be fine w/o any further preperation.

Watch your propane useage closely---when the temperature dips you use a lot.

For peace of mind you can get one of the weather stations and put a remote sensor in your service area---then you can see from the inside what temps are recorded. I have one outside and one in the basement utility service area. JUst nice to know what is going on.
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This has info about cold weather protection built into your RV---I just do not know the year your was manufactured.
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Also, I'm looking for some good apps to download for RV stuff. Is there one that shows dumping stations?

Thanks in advance
Check out this link for apps. Many of the iPad apps will work on the iPhone as well.

Personal favorites are:
Woodall's
RV Check
RVPark Finder (Good Sam)
Dog Parks
iRV2 Forum
AllStays Camp & RV
GasBuddy
Oh, Ranger
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Those temps shouldn't be a problem. You might turn a faucet on itn the night for a min if you get up but then again everything should be fine. Last WINTER we went through about 100lbs of propane every 2 weeks. In Michigan so it was winter.
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Let's not lose sight that the OP said "freeze warning" which typically means daytime temps of 50-60F and maybe a couple hours just below 32F. In that scenario, you don't even need to turn the heat on. Nothing in the rig is going to freeze in that situation.

Lower daytime temps and longer below 32F is another story using the tips already mentioned.

For extreme cold see this thread Essex and General info on Sub Zero temp coach use
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FWIW, my standards for becoming concerned about freezing anything in the RV plumbing-without any heat, is minimum 28*F, daytime high>40*F. Residual daytime heat inside keeps things from freezing at night.
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7 hours of freezing or below temps will probably freeze the water hose a) near the faucet, b)at the connection to the trailer. Use the onboard water tank and disconnect/drain the hose for the night. And you will probably need the furnace on or a space heater for early morning comfort, unless you like cool mornings.
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