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Old 09-11-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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water lines freezing

We are leaving from NS canada the end of Oct. for texas. The nightly temp could get down around 26. Has anyone had any experience with fall travelling and would I have frezzing problems at that temp. Also on our way we are spending the first week of Nov. in Branson Missouri at a campground I understand it can get cold in the nights there also.

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10' heat tape cord plugged into the 20am socket in your pedastal should solve the problem

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:18 AM   #3
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as long as you are using the furnace. The pipes and water pump are protected by the furnace. The manufacturer runs a pipe from the furnace to the basement to supply heated air to these areas. You should not have a problem. You can just unhook the water hose when below freezing temps, and drain the water from the hose. To keep the hose from freezing.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by freelander07 View Post
We are leaving from NS canada the end of Oct. for texas. The nightly temp could get down around 26. Has anyone had any experience with fall travelling and would I have frezzing problems at that temp. Also on our way we are spending the first week of Nov. in Branson Missouri at a campground I understand it can get cold in the nights there also.
If you are so inclined, Camping World has a good sale on Pirit heated water hoses. We have the 25 foot model and it works great. We carry some bubble wrap to put around campground water hose and our water pressure regulator. We don't normally put water in RV tank and use it. On 5th wheels we have had, I have insulated access doors with Reflectx material.
I don't think Branson will have freezing temps in November.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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While a hose left outside at that temp would probably freeze up, I have never had anything freeze up in my rig, including water lines in the cargo bays.

In other terms, anything enclosed, no worry, and I do not run heat at night myself.

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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Does anyone turn off water to rv then open low water drains and open faucets to keep lines from freezing? I live in Louisiana so it really does not get that cold during the winter. I used to use that method in an older house that I lived in years ago and was wondering if it would work for my rv.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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I plan on running my furnace (set at 65 degrees) in my motorhome when it gets below freezing here in Kentucky. I am planning a trip to Florida in January and am hoping for descent weather before I head south. I am hoping this will do the trick since I have not winterized my rig. Does this sound right?
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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Speaking for the 3 motor homes and 1 5th wheel I had, in the 20's, I never had a problem with water lines in the camper freezing in 10 years living full time in Pennsylvania. Temps below 10 deg have caused a few indoor pipes to freeze unless I take precautions.
If my water hose was not heat trapped yet and temps were below 32 deg I either turned off and disconnected the water house and used the water pump or left the hose hooked up and let a trickle of water flow from a faucet.
In my experience not having water in the tank is asking for trouble. I can't tell how many times campgrounds have had power failures, pump failures, pipe leaks etc etc etc. We also keep a couple gallons of water in the camper 'just in case'.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:16 AM   #9
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Never had a water line freeze, and have been at the sons house in N. IL, with temp at 6 and wind blowing 30mph, COLD,COLD. The basement is heated, so the tanks and pump are ok, all the water lines are in the living quarters of the C. Had a hose freeze one time in SD, but my excuse is I was not listening to the weather forecast, so I did not know it was going that low, also woke up to snow. So just went outside and turned off the water, unhooked the hose, brushed all the snow off the hose and took it inside and put into the bath tub and let it thaw whild I enjoyed my coffee, then just hooked it bach up. In a few hours it was to warn to freeze anymore. The brother in law had a water line freeze in a large storage compartment on his 5ver, the water line was up against a part of the metal frame work of the trailer. The metal piece was against the skin of the trailer, good transfer of cold. He pull the water line away from the metal about an inch and no more problem.
Branson probably won't freeze in Nov.
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Was just up at Brown County and the temps were down to 22 at nite. Not a problem.
Had our portable heater and the furnace stayed warm and toasty. Water lines did well no freezing.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #11
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I have been down in the 20's many times, With the frunace runnign, on my Class A, with enclosed tanks, no problems with inside lines. DO read the manual, they could be a bit more specific but if you know where your water lines are, you can open drawers and cabinets in those areas and improve survival chances.

I use electric heat most of the time, thus not the furnace, thus I have a string of C-9 Christmas tree lights (8-9 watts each) under the fresh tank and a 100 watt rough service "rouble light" in the black/gray end of the bay.

They are plugged into to a thermostatic outlet adapter. On at 35, off at 45 as I recall, do work.

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