<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lil'Darlin1972:
<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">I have soooo much info from Winnebago to read...but I was hoping you all could forgive a beginners questions.
1- If we fill up at home with a full tank of water and go camping...what keeps the water from freezing ?? Is there heat tape, or a heated basement on my model ?? Would we be ok to go out and dry camp ?? 2- Once we are back home and have emptied our tanks we will need to have the lines blown out again, right ??
3-How often do I need to sanitize the tanks with bleach and should I do it before or after filling it up for the first time ??
4-We want enough water onboard to be able to use the toilet, wash dishes, things like that while overnighting..but once we get to the campgrounds we will be full hook ups. Would we be better off filling water tank partially, or all the way when traveling ??
THANK YOU all so much </span>
Your water tank should not freeze as long as you have your LP furnace set to run. Most winne's have the tank in a compartment with a heat duct nearby.
We always travel with the FW tank at least 50% full to flush the john or in case we need to overnite in a Wally World lot and want to shower. Remember, the more water you elect to haul, it's 8 lbs for every gallon. Also, traveling with kids, you may find gray water tank capacity as much of an issue as FW capacity. It's amazing how quick that grey water tank fills when you wash dishes, shower, etc. You can always top off fresh water and dump your holding tanks at Flying J and many Love's Travel Centers (plus get your gas and look at some cool truckers stuff
)...or, eat some rib-sticking food
I 'sanitize' my FW tank every spring but we never drink water from the tank... we always carry bottled water for on-the-road drinking....once in a park with hook ups, we filter the water.
Yes, you will have to blow out your lines after your winter trips (and drain your water heater) to prevent freezing unless you are going to keep the rig heated while its stored.