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Old 12-04-2017, 09:27 AM   #1
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Freezing Temps

I am getting conflicting information so I have decided to ask the EXPERTS!!! I am new to full time rv'ing and not sure what to do. Temperatures are dropping this week to the low 20's and forecasted to stay there for 2 weeks. Not sure how to prepare for that. While I am full time, I work nights and will not be in the MH at the coldest times. I have a heated hose, is that enough? Should I leave the water on or turn it off at the outside source. Should I leave my water heater on? I have some water in my fresh water tank should I drain it? I have a 2016 Itasca Sunova 33C. This is my first winter. I was told as long as I keep the inside temp above 40 degrees I should be ok. It seems everyone's advice is different.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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To be safe I would turn the water off at the spigot. With a heated hose you could leave it on but that's where most of your exposure is, outside the MH. You'll have the propane furnace running I'm sure so that will keep the basement area warm where the fresh water and holding tanks are. I would also open the cabinet doors under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so you get some airflow there. I would leave the water heater on since it's not well insulated on the outside. I think you'll be fine if you do those things.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:09 AM   #3
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Make sure you have a hair dryer just in case something freezes and check all your systems when you get home in the morning.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:26 AM   #4
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Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses - that includes your sewer hose, btw. Keep your propane tanks full. Depending on your setup and length of stay, you may want to have the local propane dealer install a large tank. Alternately, get yourself another tank the same size as what you already have. Keep it full of propane.

Fill your water tank and use your water pump for water. You can refill the tank and drain the waste tanks as needed.

Keep your furnace on and the temp set to at least 50. The furnace needs to run to keep the basement and plumbing above freezing. Supplementing the heat with an electric heater when you are home isn't a bad idea either.

Keep your water heater on.

Winter camping is fun but it takes more work on your part. Next year, when it starts to get cold, head south ASAP.
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Old 12-09-2017, 02:18 PM   #5
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Consider getting a wireless remote thermometer. Put the remote temp sender in the water bay so you can monitor the temp. If the temp is getting to low, get a trouble light, like these at Amazon:, get an incandescent bulb, or anything that is not an led so it puts out some heat, and put the light in the water bay to help keep it warm.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:39 PM   #6
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What I did was purchase a small electric heater, (radiant with fan), which I plug in at the power pole and place in the wet bay. Works great. Then just disconnect the hose when not in use.
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