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Old 01-02-2019, 12:02 PM   #1
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Winter Driving in freezing conditions

I have a 2003 Nat RV Islander.

We live in the midwest. I was wondering if any of you folks have experience operating your Motorhomes (Driving) in the winter - specifically - do you operate the propane furnaces while you are driving the rig?

I was not sure if the furnaces are designed for that intended use and if there are any known issues with this?

While I have winterized my Islander - someday - we may want to take a nice south bound trip and have water on-board and I want to insure that if we would do that - that there was a way to heat the tanks. From what I have read - that heat comes from the regular propane furnaces.

Interested in hearing from others about this concept.
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Pretty much everyone runs their furnaces while driving in cold weather. They are built to do it. Here is about six threads addressing the exact question. Cheers.
https://www.google.com/search?q=driv...earch=irv2.com
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I took my first winter trip over christmas and was shocked at how she handled in cold weather. I ran the propane furnace from the morning i left (saturday at 9am) until i returned (friday at 8pm). I drove 6 hours each direction (luckily not thru snow, but it was still cold out). used 3/4 tank of propane over that week. She handled well the entire trip. not a hiccup to be had.

I didn't haul water. I kept the rig winterized and just used rv antifreeze to flush with. (a little helpful hint, dump before the return trip if you can. rv antifreeze mixed with #2's gives off a sour milk smell.) I contemplated taking water with me and not being winterized but i felt i didn't want the risk or worry.
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