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Fighting the Freeze

Posted 02-02-2024 at 11:24 AM by HiBanky
Updated 02-02-2024 at 11:38 AM by HiBanky

Most of us that camp during the winter mounts try to avoid cold climates by going south. But when we do find ourselves in freezing temperatures, precautions are necessary to prevent damage to our coach plumbing. Most vulnerable to icing up is the shore line and the attached plumbing in the service compartment. On more than a couple of occasions I found myself out in the cold and dark unscrewing hoses, filters, and pressure gauges to avoid frosting up.

My solution to this was to bring all the associated plumbing inside the utility compartment and attaching it all semi-permanently. I accomplished this with three right angle brass hose connections, a length of reenforce flexible tubing, a male and a female hose end, and a couple of zip ties. Now all but an inch of tubing hangs out the bottom and that ,when the hose is detached, can be pulled up inside the compartment on cold nights or when on the road. In extreme weather, I place a 75W incandescent light in there. Of course, detaching the hose at both ends and draining it is never a bad idea.
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