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Old 12-23-2007, 03:38 PM   #1
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We just sold our home and will be heading to Arizona at the end of January. Unfortunately, we must live in the motorhome for the month of January and it gets cold here at night. Mostly in the high teens and lower 20's. I am concerned about the water lines, grey and black tanks. My thought is to fill the fresh water tank and use it mostly, and only hook up the city water to replenish the fresh water tank. Thinking that with the furnace operating, it will keep the fresh water tanks warm, and I can avoid a frozen hose line coming into the coach hookups. My other thought is to keep the drains closed until I absolutely have to dump them. Any other advice besides leaving for Arizona early!
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We just sold our home and will be heading to Arizona at the end of January. Unfortunately, we must live in the motorhome for the month of January and it gets cold here at night. Mostly in the high teens and lower 20's. I am concerned about the water lines, grey and black tanks. My thought is to fill the fresh water tank and use it mostly, and only hook up the city water to replenish the fresh water tank. Thinking that with the furnace operating, it will keep the fresh water tanks warm, and I can avoid a frozen hose line coming into the coach hookups. My other thought is to keep the drains closed until I absolutely have to dump them. Any other advice besides leaving for Arizona early!
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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you guys are very brave!! Brrrrrrr!! We do get weather that cold here in Ga, but not so often and not for long periods. Rather than winterize (we do some winter camping) I put a couple of 100 watt bulbs in the wet bay. Don't know how your coach is set up, but it might work for you as well.
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Gene and Betty, you should not have any problem in your plan. Just be sure to keep plenty of LP on hand. We use an external tank connected to the ASME tank through an Extend-A-Stay for long periods of time in one spot. Good luck and enjoy Az.
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It's a good idea to keep the drains closed until its time to dump them anyway (year round).
I also use work lights (75watt) on separate extension cords in the sewer and plumbing compartments. Stowing the fresh water line between fills and using the on board water tank works for me also. As suggested,you will burn a tremendous amount of propane so the Extend-A-Stay is a good idea. Now is the time to consider a Wave 6 (fine for my 30ft) or Wave 8 heater(for your 38ft). I also have two Pelonis ceramic 4 disk space heaters which I highly recommend, especially if someone else is paying the electric bill.
Good Luck.
PS: once set up you might consider temporary shielding around the motorhome. Cutting down on wind under the MH will help a lot. Ask around and see if bales of straw can be borrowed.
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