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Old 10-18-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Need opinions fast - freezing temps.

I have an unwinterized trailer that is 280 miles away. The hot water heater is 10 gallon and is shut off.

The low temp is going to be 26 degrees but not for long. Temps will drop from 45 today to 26 tonight then back to 55 tomorrow. My weather apps says 32 at 11:00pm then freezing down to 26 then rising to above freezing at 9:00am.

My thought is it will not be cold long enough to do the hot water heater any damage.

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Old 10-18-2015, 01:17 PM   #2
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The replacement costs might be greater than trying to get it winterized in a hurry. Figure that out for yourself, and decide.

If it were me, in my particular circumstances, I'd go winterize it right now. Your particular circumstances may not warrant this decision, but I personally would not risk it freezing, breaking, spilling water all over wherever it will go (and it will go places that you might not imagine it could get, then freeze there, too), and needing to clean up and repair the water damage and replace the water heater.

Again, just my opinion.
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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I would not winterize...I would just drive 280 miles and stay in it. Turn on HWH and furnace and keep things warm.

It is a 5 hour drive so I have about a 2 - 3 hr. window to make the drive.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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me thinks if you don't go looking for the antifreeze, when it is time in your mind, you might not find some, happened to us last year... plan to get my pink stuff early this year. Like this week while it isn't freezing yet....
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:00 PM   #5
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After tonight there is no more freezing temps. I think the 10 gallon hot water heater will not freeze.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:33 PM   #6
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The water heater might be fine, but your water lines, valves, and fixtures might not fair as well.

They could freeze, crack open the water system, just in time for the warmer temps to thaw the ice for a nice water leak.

I would ask someone to winterize your camper or start diving.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:41 PM   #7
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What he said. The heater is the least of your problems. You could also crack every valve body in the trailer for openers. Not much mass so they cool quickly. If there is trapped water there will be a lot of pressure.
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Old 10-18-2015, 04:46 PM   #8
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I don't think it will be cold enough long enough my TT isn't winterized yet we're going away one last time in two weeks I think you'll be fine I did open my faucets and drain my hot water and pulled low point plugs to be safe though


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Old 10-18-2015, 05:03 PM   #9
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The thing that I have had the most problems with is the debris filter cap on the inlet side of the water pump. If that area of the TT gets cold enough to freeze the water expanding to ice may break the plastic cap on it. I agree with others that areas where there is a large mass of water like inside the water heater and inside the fresh tank will have to have below freezing temps for a good while before the water gives up its heat and drops to freezing and turns to ice.
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Old 10-18-2015, 06:52 PM   #10
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I would have to agree that being only a few hours at 30-26 degrees and then warming up I think you are safe. When I have me rv trailer parked in the yard, if it was in the low 30's and was going to drop to 25-26 and only get a back into the low 30 the next day, yes I would keep a heater on and open up the cabinet door. But if you saying Monday where the rv is will get back to at least 40 degrees I think your fine
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Need opinions fast - freezing temps.

We are at 32 right now in New England Going to get down to about 27 I actually just went out and put slide in and set heat at 50


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Old 10-19-2015, 06:11 AM   #12
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I decided not to drive the 280 miles. My weather app says the below 32 degrees happened for about 10 hrs. With a low of 28. Now the sun is rising and supposed to be a sunny day with temps in the upper 50's.

If the temps were continually getting below 32 every night I would have driven to the trailer. But now no freezing weather for the next two weeks.

I will report back when I get to the trailer in about 10 - 12 days.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:14 AM   #13
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Made it back to the trailer last night. Brrr...the low was 38 degrees. Turned on the heat (propane furnace) small electric heater. Turned on the water pump then ran kitchen faucet got which was ice cold. So I knew I had water in the hot water tank..Tunrned in the hot water heater on electric. After an hour I had got water. Checked for leaks with a flashlight no leaks found...yet.

So my trailer sat in 27 - 28 degree weather for 8 - 10 hours without freezing anything.

Again it was the only freezing night. If the temps were 10 - 15 degrees for 10 hours I think I would have made the trip.

Just reporting back.
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Thanks. It's an expensive risk. Can you run a little heater in there while you're away? The oil filled radiator style is pretty safe, a small amount of insurance against freezing.
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