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Old 01-01-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Freezing Weather Question

We went as far south in Texas as you can go without crossing into Mexico - but it is still not far enough! It is projected to be in the low 30's, high 20's for four nights straight! So I see a couple of options:
1) Put some water in the fresh tank, disconnect the hose, and use the tank water for overnight needs.
2) Open the grey water waste gate and trickle a faucet or two like I would do at home in the same situation.

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Old 01-01-2018, 02:28 PM   #2
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Wowww

What are the daytime temps to be ?
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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#1. for sure. Fill it up, disconnect and store the hose.
#2. I wouldn’t. Will empty your fresh.
#3. Get a light bulb or small ceramic cube heater (200W-600W) and put in the wet bay to keep pump, hoses, and gates thawed.
#4. Couple heaters (600W-1500W) inside for warmth. And depending what you have, propane or AquaHot inside too. Careful that heaters are on different plugs and hopefully different breakers. 2heaters assumes 50A pole.

I feel your pain. Our coach is in our non-insulated outbuilding, plugged in and winterized. Only thing that has kept us here this winter is 1yr old new granddaughter. Currently in central Illinois it’s +7 headed towards -10 to -15 tonight. Windchill at -25 to -30.
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:55 PM   #4
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Being originally from WI, temps in the low 20's at night is not very cold. Just disconnect all hoses and run the furnace. Nothing else is needed.
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Fill the fresh tank,& dump the black & gray.
disconnect the fresh water supply hose and store.
open the cabinet doors where ever you have inside plumbing.
Make sure that the black & gray tanks dumps are closed
You should have tank heaters & basement heat.
Fire up the furnace (not just the heat pumps)
THEN...
"Let'er RIP, TATER CHIP!

It will be above freezing most of the day/evenings me thinks
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I don't think the heat pumps will work in temps below 40 degrees so as suggested, furnace or ceramic heaters would be the way to go.....

Save ur propane and pick up a couple of ceramic heaters at local Walmart.... They will keep u warm and toasty....
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I dont think you have to worry with a late model coach just use it like it is your house and dont worry. Ceramic heaters will not get heat down to the basement so just use the heating system like it is supposed to be used. If you want to keep the hose attached go to Home Depot and buy some insulation for A/C lines and put it around the hose. For added measure let a faucet drip a little over night.

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Being a life long Texan, I feel your pain. The good thing is that in a couple of days all will be well again. Our winter normally only lasts a few weeks. You snow birds always bring some of that cold with you.

We stay near home in the winter and head to the Rocky’s for the summer months. Heat Birds I guess.
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We went as far south in Texas as you can go without crossing into Mexico - but it is still not far enough! It is projected to be in the low 30's, high 20's for four nights straight! So I see a couple of options:
1) Put some water in the fresh tank, disconnect the hose, and use the tank water for overnight needs.
2) Open the grey water waste gate and trickle a faucet or two like I would do at home in the same situation.
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I wouldn't trickle a faucet since that would mean constant pumping and running your tank dry.

Just run your furnaces at a comfortable level for you and the basement will be fine. Remember, only the furnaces put heat in the wet bay and basement areas not the heat pump. If you have a residential fridge, the heat generated by the compressor will keep the back side of it warm but you might insulate behind the access panel.

Mine is in storage here in north Texas and it was 17 degrees last night and will be again tonight. I have the furnaces set at only 45, a 40 watt light in the wet bay and a small 300watt heater in the basement. The basement and wet bay stayed well above freezing, even with the interior at only 45. If you are running the furnaces high enough to keep you warm, the basement and wet bay should take care of themselves. Put a remote thermometer in the wet bay to monitor it for your own peace of mind.
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Better yet, go to AZ. Yuma, or Mesa, will fix all your problems. LOL!!
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We went as far south in Texas as you can go without crossing into Mexico - but it is still not far enough! It is projected to be in the low 30's, high 20's for four nights straight! So I see a couple of options:
1) Put some water in the fresh tank, disconnect the hose, and use the tank water for overnight needs.
2) Open the grey water waste gate and trickle a faucet or two like I would do at home in the same situation.

Any thoughts?
Just fill your fresh water, and disconnect (and drain) your hookup hoses. Turn your pump on as if you're dry camping. Set your furnace thermostat to comfortable setting and enjoy. If your basement is heated you should have no issues, keep that furnace set like you would at home.

Was -10 where I am last night, no issues, nothing extra needed except for extra pillows against bedroom window to keep draft off my shoulders. As long as all your systems are working and you have a heated basement all should be fine on a modern coach.
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I wouldn't trickle a faucet since that would mean constant pumping and running your tank dry.
Only turn on a faucet if the hose is left connected.
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