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Old 10-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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RV in cold temperatures

We are new to the RV world and want to go out for the weekend but the temperatures are supposed to get below freezing. We have a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder 32 feet. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? We are worried about the pipes and different things freezing. Thank you!

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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Does it have a winter package with double pain glass and heated wet bay? If so you should be fine for this time of year. If not probably still be OK just going to use more propane. If you are going to be plugged into shore power you may want to consider 1 or 2 electric heaters and possibly a trouble light in the wet bay. If not make sure you keep the batteries charged up to run the furnace all night. I have had a few 5:00 AM wake ups to a freezingRvbecause the batteries ran down overnight

Good luck. Wish I could get out a few more times.

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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You will be fine for the weekend. A blanket, and make sure the thermostat is set on furnace. Nothing will freeze at those temps if you have on the furnace. Either stay somewhere with hookups, or use the GENNY overnight.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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I will be out this weekend in my Bounder and the temps in Montana will be below freezing and I am not worried. Your wet bays are most likely heated and it will not take much heat to keep them above freezing. I am sure you will be ok.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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You'll be fine, your basement will be heated enough and your daytime temps will warm it up to above freezing, just a little chilly at night. Fall is great camping. You can get plumbers foam for your city water hose. I'll put the foam on my hose lead it up into the motorhome. Water pipe foam is real cheep. Hardware stores carry it. Atleast no water line freeze ups. Good luck and enjoy the week end.
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Welcome to irv2 Mike.
Here is a link that will cover everything to do with winter camping.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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We own a 28' Bounder and have camped many nights below freezing out in the Southerrn California deserts with no hook ups. Your coach being a basement model means all your tanks, lines etc are sandwiched between and are protected quite a bit. Its our choice but we use blankets and never run the heater at night, first one up around daylight to use the bathroom turns it on.With no hook ups the forced air heater uses too much battery. Something I bought and we use quite a bit is a ""Big Buddy " heater that just sits on the floor or can move around and uses a throw away propane bottle, even though it has a safety tip over shut off ,but I don't leave it un-attended, I light it and don't go back to bed. We have never had no problems since we bought our coach in 2001
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Fall camping

Just let your tap drip if your connected to sewer, or if not just disconnect
water hose over night.trouble light in wetbay, and run your heaters ,furnace
or what ever.
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Just let your tap drip if your connected to sewer,
But read the story on another thread regarding letting the bathroom sink tap drip, which filled up the black tank (because they left the grey water valve open but the black valve shut) and next morning the sink was full right to the top. Lady used the toilet and when the valve was open, had a geyser coming up the toilet.
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Didn't say run Isaid drip it must of been a 24 hour night??
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If you have full hook ups just drip the galley sink and leave the gray tank open. Moving water does not freeze is the idea but as stated many MHs have bath sinks that drain into the black tank and bad things happen if you have it closed and let it drip into it long enough. You can also unhook the hose and put it inside a bay if you don't need any water overnight.

Keep in mind that you will have to have sustained low temps to cause damage. A few hours at 32 won't have much affect and the pipe insulation should do the trick.
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If it is only getting down to the high 20s and only for a few hours, all will be fine.

BTW, the rivers in my area freeze in the winter and they are moving water...

We love fall camping!
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I am looking for a pair of those heated Snuggies, I saw one when they first came out but havent seen them since. Plenty of the unheated ones.
This is our first winter in the coach, they seem like a logical appliance to set around and drink hot toddys in.
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I know a person who did the 'drip method' and for got to open the grey valve and woke up in the middle of the night to a flooded Motorhome floor. I personally don't like to waste the water and only takes a minute to unhook the water hose. In the morning we just use the water pump and thats what it was made for!

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