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Old 09-06-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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We are enroute to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and be there for 15 days. Weather forecast temps into low 20's at night and 50s during day. Looking for suggestions to prevent water lines from freezing up without doing winterizing the water system. Before we left home the low temps forecasts where in the 30s.
Would a 75-100 watt light blub in the water temp area be enough?
Any past experiences/suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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We are enroute to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and be there for 15 days. Weather forecast temps into low 20's at night and 50s during day. Looking for suggestions to prevent water lines from freezing up without doing winterizing the water system. Before we left home the low temps forecasts where in the 30s.
Would a 75-100 watt light blub in the water temp area be enough?
Any past experiences/suggestions would be appreciated.
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When camping in an area with "low 20's at night and 50s during day",
I simply disconnect and drain my city water hose and use the water from my on board water tank.
It takes a day, (or 2), of "constant below freezing outside temps" to freeze anything inside my coach...(weeks if I use the propane furnace to keep the inside of my coach at a comfortable temp).
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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When camping in an area with "low 20's at night and 50s during day",
I simply disconnect and drain my city water hose and use the water from my on board water tank.
It takes a day, (or 2), of "constant below freezing outside temps" to freeze anything inside my coach...(weeks if I use the propane furnace to keep the inside of my coach at a comfortable temp).
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In agreement with Mel. We have done quite a bit of cold weather travel and the only time we had a problem is when I'd forget to disconnect and drain the city water supply line. A few times using the wife's hair dryer to thaw out and disconnect pretty well broke me of that habit.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:57 AM   #4
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The only thing I can think of to do something about is an outside shower.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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We wintered in Victoria BC last winter with temps that dropped into the 20's I used heat tape around the water hose wrapped with plumbers foam pipe covering. Ran it right into the water compartment. we also ran our basement heat at night, set ours to around 55 F. The only problem we had was the rv sites water stands froze once. We wrapped that with some old towels and our cars reflective sun screen and no probs after that. We were there from Nov1 to March 30.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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hscole, been there meany times. First and foremost run the gas furnace at night to keep some heat in the basement area. Put a drop light in next to the water pump. We would only hook up the city water when we took showers this disconnect and get all the water out of the hose before storing. Only hook up the drain pipe when you are draining the tanks. Carry a electric heater so you don't use so much propane, which you will. Watch the propane level and do not run out.
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X2 for protecting the water pump. Mine is about 2" from the access door and can freeze quicker than anything else in/on the MH. Doesn't take much heat to make a big difference. A powered 25W bulb laying on the floor under/beside the pump will do the job.
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We are enroute to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and be there for 15 days. Weather forecast temps into low 20's at night and 50s during day. Looking for suggestions to prevent water lines from freezing up without doing winterizing the water system. Before we left home the low temps forecasts where in the 30s.
Would a 75-100 watt light blub in the water temp area be enough?
Any past experiences/suggestions would be appreciated.
I have 2 each 75 watt drop lights. One is next to the water pump and the other is in the wet bay in back of the panel. When weather dictates both are turned on when driving (via inverter) and also when parked in campground.
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All the above are good tips - does your unit have tank heaters? If so use them.

Keep the interior of your unit comfy warm (shirtsleeve) - this should take care of all your plumbing.

Keep some water in your FWT for nighttime trips to the bath. Assuming your Water pump is colocated near your HWH, keeping the HWH on should generate enough heat to keep the pump functional. (Also, in a lot of units, the water pump is inboard and will be kept heated by the furnace.

Sounds like a fun trip you have planned!! Let us know how it goes!
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We are enroute to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and be there for 15 days. Weather forecast temps into low 20's at night and 50s during day. Looking for suggestions to prevent water lines from freezing up without doing winterizing the water system. Before we left home the low temps forecasts where in the 30s.
Would a 75-100 watt light blub in the water temp area be enough?
Any past experiences/suggestions would be appreciated.
The temp got to 10 overnight. I put a 75w light bulb in the water pump area and was using the propane furnace in the motor home. The temp in the water pump area was 48 through out the night.
Thanks for all the suggestions. This is one great forum.
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