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Old 08-30-2016, 05:24 AM   #1
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I have a 04 Adventurer, what steps should i take for winter camping? Will the holding and storage tanks freeze?
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:07 AM   #2
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I have a 04 Adventurer, what steps should i take for winter camping? Will the holding and storage tanks freeze?
1. Take more clothes and enjoy camping.


2. If you're using the furnace to keep the inside of the MH warm than you probably won't have anything to worry about.

Some people winterize and then still go camping. Just use the pink stuff to flush the toilet.
You can also add a connector so that you can use a grill propane bottle to extend your stay without having to go fill the tank.

Have fun.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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wdweldon, There is winter and then there is winter. There are temps that will simply freeze up your RV. Anything above say 25 degrees (nighttime temp) and you should be okay if you are using the propane furnace to keep the coach warm as there are ducts that heat the tank areas, wet bay, and water pump compartment. Keep the bay doors SHUT and latched. Leave your dump hose off until you are ready to dump the tanks and block the dump hose hole from drafts with at least a towel.

It is possible to camp at temps nearing zero, but it ain't a whole lot of fun and you do risk a freeze up.
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We have done traveling at -10F and stationary at -20 F. While stationary we had one month of below zero temps, hitting 20 below at night. We used a 150 gallon propane tank and small electric heaters in the basement compartments. We also had two 1500 watt electric space heaters running continuously. While traveling we did hit -10 F one night. We stopped at a state park campground with 30 amp hookups. Ran the propane furnace and 1500 watt electric space heater all night. We have also stayed in Walmart parking lots between zero and 10 F. We set the propane furnace at 50 F and ran the generator until we went to bed and again when we got up.

We have insulated pads we put on the windows and in the vents. We did have water in the tanks when we did the stationary at -20 F, but when traveling below 20 F, we don't put water in the tanks, but we carry gallon jugs of water and anti freeze. There are two types of RV anti freeze, -50 F and -100 F. The -50 F anti freeze freezes at +12 F and the -100 F freezes at -60 F. The -50 won't damage plumbing, but will prevent the use of the dump valves.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:45 PM   #5
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some hints for winter camping.

Fill gallon jugs with water (we keep in shower stall) ... Buy windshield washer fluid (keep in shower stall)

Buy paper plates and plastic utensils.

Use dishpans to do any dishes that you need to ... dump the water in the toilet ... Flush the toilet with windshield wiper fluid.

If you put your jacks down, make sure you put something under the jack pads to keep the pads from freezing down ... I use plywood pads ... if the pads freeze down, I drive forward and then retrieve them.

If you dump, make sure that you dump your tanks and then stow your sewer hose ... working with a frozen sewer hose is not fun ... and they are fragile when frozen.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:10 PM   #6
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If you really want to beef up your MH for Winter camping you can get some of the 12vdc heat pads and attach them to the tanks and then to some switches so you turn them on and off.
To help in the sewer and water bay go to your local Home Depot and get some insulation, the Styrofoam type and line the bays with it an 1-3" will do wonders. Also add some very low wattage incandescent light bulbs, if you can find them, to the wet bay areas. They will produce heat to help with keeping them from freezing when plugged in.
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I would keep an eye on the condensation build-up. It's surprising how much water will be sitting/seeping around after a just one night.
You can park to catch the most sun through the windshield during the day and you one of your ceiling vents to get some air-flow helping to dry things out.
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