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Old 12-04-2017, 08:27 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, 05:57 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, 05:09 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, 10:26 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, 01:18 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: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...ight+with+cord, 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, 03:39 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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Old 12-20-2017, 05:42 PM   #7
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I too have a Journey DL. One thing no one has mentioned is this: keep your slides in during any weather in that cold of a range. The slides may not be sealed well and the extra space to heat doesn't help either. I haven't had any of the water in the interior freeze but putting a small electric heater in the outside compartment was a great idea, well worth the cost.
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:15 PM   #8
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Other cold weather rver's have stated they keep a small ceramic electric heater in each of the water tank and grey/black tank bays. Also, there were stories of frozen extended slide awnings due to snow or ice buildup.
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Another thing plan for your propane refill if you don't have an extend-a-stay where you can add an additional propane tank to your system. During Christmas break I was on a trip to Nashville and it was in the low 20's at night and I had to refill the propane after four nights, could have probably gotten another day or two but didn't want to take a chance when it got below 1/4 full. Luckily the campground had propane for sale. i don't have an extend-a-stay connection so I had to break down to refill the system. I would just confirm the location, open times and days for propane so there is no issues for a refill.
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Old 01-25-2018, 08:29 AM   #10
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Excellent advice so far.

I'd suggest you get a heat tape and wrap it around the dump valves so they stay unfrozen. Leave them closed and disconnect the slinky and cap the end near the RV. Lay it on the ground underneath the RV until needed so the cabinet can be closed up. Maybe put a heat tape underneath slinky too because the leftover water will slowly freeze and accumulate if you don't, making it very heavy and difficult to move.

Using a light bulb and/or heater in the wet bays is great advice even though your furnace might dribble some heat down there. Check to see if you have electric tank heaters. Many newer RVs come with them.

And the best advice, IMO, is to fill your on board water tank, disconnect and drain the hose...both ends. Only use the hose to refill. Your RV park will thank you too, since that will make it easier for them to keep your water valve unfrozen.
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