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Old 10-25-2020, 04:26 PM   #1
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I'm considering buying a 2012 Discovery 42M. I'm planning on spending the winter in it where it does get cold <32F for extended periods. I'm concerned with the fact that the fridge, washer dryer and the kitchen are all on the big slide. I'm not sure how I would get heat to those water lines. Has any one lived in the 42 M in cold weather or have information on how the water lines are run in the full wall slide?

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Old 10-27-2020, 12:26 PM   #2
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Slides that have sinks, washers, whatever that require water also require hoses. Normally, these hoses will slide back and forth in top of cargo area, or in bottom of cabinet.

On the bottom of slide itself, there is usually a "slot" opening for hoses to move around / through. Slot is protected by a "brush" seal.

It is VERY easy to put a low wattage lamp / hose heaters / pipe blanket in this area and get power to it (if required).

Behind the appliances, inside cabinets, etc you can slide on split-length foam insulation. Heck, do it to all accessible pipes, not just slide.

I wouldn't worry about freezing being the deal breaker. But, do plan on some additional self-work to prep as you want it.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:00 PM   #3
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My water lines for the kitchen run out on one of the slide arms and are totally exposed to the outside temp. I purchased a short (6') heat tape and wire tied the hoses on each side. I also made a wrap to put around the entire arm with all the cables and hoses when the slide is extended. The heat tape stays in position all the time.

There will be a way to work around the issue.
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Old 11-01-2020, 04:26 AM   #4
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I've stayed in my RV in the winter during <32 many times. Never froze up yet with exposed outside arms. But where we winter it almost always returns to above freezing during the day.
Insulate any exposed areas with flexible insulation if your concerned.
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