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Old 11-01-2020, 02:57 PM   #1
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Freezing Temps

So we're camping this month in the Smokies. Temps tonight are predicted to hit 28f and stay below freezing for 4-5 hrs. Not worried about the tanks on the 5ver but what about the water supply hose? Is that long enough to freeze? Whats the thought on when to disconnect or take other actions (blanket, heater, etc).
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The issue is the water not moving in the hose just put a little water in your tank.unhook the water hoses .An drain if it worries you.
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Fill your fresh water tank, and disconnect the hose and drain the water from it.

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I third the recommendation, your RV is designed to live in self-contained, do so to prevent problems. I seriously doubt you'll use more than 1 tank of fresh water a day unless you run a washing machine or the family all showers the same day.
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Thx all. I've done just that. Hose disconnected and stored. Will wait till temps above freezing to reconnect.
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Thx all. I've done just that. Hose disconnected and stored. Will wait till temps above freezing to reconnect.
You may refill your fresh water tank at any time regardless of temperature, store hose between those times.
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To answer your specific question, those temperatures are borderline as far as hose freeze-up. If the hose is in contact with the ground and the ground is not yet frozen, it will probably stay unfrozen, with maybe some slush at the fittings. At those temperatures, I would disconnect to avoid the potential problem. If just slightly warmer, I probably would not.


One of the variables is what they call "soak time", the length of time where the temperature s very near freezing. If its 33-36 degrees for several hours before dipping below and the water hasn't been running, the hose & the water inside "soaks" in the cold and reaches near-freezing. From that point, it only take another hour or so at 30-31 to freeze. But if you ran a few quarts of water in the RV, causing warmer water from the underground piping to flow into the hose, that long soak time is negated and the hose stays warmer.
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To answer your specific question, those temperatures are borderline as far as hose freeze-up. If the hose is in contact with the ground and the ground is not yet frozen, it will probably stay unfrozen, with maybe some slush at the fittings. At those temperatures, I would disconnect to avoid the potential problem. If just slightly warmer, I probably would not..
The other issue though is the actual temperature varying from the forecast temperature. I went though that recently on a winterization decision where there were two cold days forecast between tows.

The first day was warmer than forecast and I thought I'd wasted by time. The second day was much colder than forecast.
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Fill your fresh water tank, and disconnect the hose and drain the water from it.

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I was in an area where the temperature dropped below freezing and stayed there until we left. By day 2 the freshwater line had frozen and the water pump stopped working. Drove down to a lower elevation and warmer weather and in a matter of hours the frozen water had thawed sufficiently for the water pump to start working again. I needs to get below freezing for a day or more to have any issues with freezing of the water lines.
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