Originally Posted by Murf2u
I think the one thing you're forgetting in all of this is every motor home is insulated to some extent the plumbing is always on the inside of the insulation so any bit of heat in the motorhome will keep the pipes much warmer than the outside temperatures I know in my case I have overnighted in temperatures as low as 20°F with no issue at all.
Murf2u, I wish I could agree with you about every RV being insulated, however in mine, the grey water lines pass along the rear fiberglass cap just above the bumper and there is no insulation anywhere back there. The fiberglass rear cap is @ 1/16" to 1/8" thick.
On top of that, if a pipe or fitting were to freeze and split it's usually in a in accessible area, and what a nightmare it would be to repair. And all of this because the grey water lines pass hidden behind the lower portion of the shower.
My 23ft RV is not a "winter package" and since I will be spending a week in early November in Quebec, Ontario, NY, PA, VA... and not connected to a campground but overnighting is truck stops, Walmarts etc.... and if it gets down to 20-25F at night with a wind blowing, how am I supposed to heat that area, or keep the lines from freezing.
So my question is?
If its 25F outside, what would the temp be on the other side of a 1/16" fiberglass rear cap with no insulation but just the thin layer of fiberglass?
I would be emptying my grey and black tank, and I would be adding a few quarts of Pink in those, and I would be adding Pink as needed to keep my tanks from freezing.
I would likely be running my propane hot water tank for 30 mins in the morning and evening to keep that warm.
I had a look at the weather history for Ontario, Quebec, and NY, and the average nighttime temp is 30-32F, so it could be easily 37 or 27F.
My luck, I would winterize and the nighttime temps would be 38-40F...
I know I could put a small heater or trouble light in the wet bay area, but that area is easy to keep warm. I know that I could keep my furnace running at 70F all night and keep my cabinet doors open to help, but it is those inaccessible areas that would get no heat and those are the areas that I am worried about.
I'm taking 2 weeks to travel from Quebec to Florida and I presume I will be in the northern cold area for @ 1 week. I will be in SC or NC in the 2nd week.
I'm 50-50 on wether to winterize or have the water system running.... Part of me says to just winterize and concentrate my efforts on making sure that I have good battery power, propane, and a good furnace.
PS: maybe I am just being "anal"... lollll
Either way, Florida here I come for 5 months.....
Thanks for everyones help and understanding...