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Old 03-29-2019, 08:09 AM   #1
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We are going to Bryce Canyon for 2 nights and the weather at night will fall to 21 but feel like 3 .
Are their any risk to having slide out problems because they are hydrolic and the jacks also .
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The only thing you may notice (but I doubt it) is when first activated the hydraulic system me move a little slower then usual.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:22 AM   #3
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The only thing you may notice (but I doubt it) is when first activated the hydraulic system me move a little slower then usual.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:27 AM   #4
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but feel like 3
btw, wind chill or 'feels like' temp has no effect on inanimate objects. Yes, I'm a weather geek and have my own weather station, lol.
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btw, wind chill or 'feels like' temp has no effect on inanimate objects. Yes, I'm a weather geek and have my own weather station, lol.
This is correct, but the wind chill factor gives me an idea of whether or not I should be expecting more or less frozen pipe calls when the ambient outside temperature is below freezing. The wind chill factor is helpful for this because when it gets really low, houses that are not-so-well sealed and insulated from outside drafts are more susceptible to letting that “real”, not-so-cold ambient temperature, but below-freezing temperature air, get to pipes that aren’t sufficiently protected from below-freezing temperatures.

This is the only real-world use of “wind chill factor” and “real feel”, etc. for me. I know when it is cold and I know when it is windy, so I dress appropriately. These catch phrases and temperature sensationalizations are just another work tool for me.

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Old 03-29-2019, 09:12 AM   #6
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This is correct!!
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Yes wind gets the cold inside more than still air.

No, the slides don't care other than that seals are all a little harder and less cooperative. They won't break but it will all be a little slower.

Now, you DO have to keep your plumbing from freezing. The furnace does put some air below, but not overwhelming. And, if you run any kind of electric heat upstairs the furnace runs less.

So it is highly recommended to add some heat in the wet bay to protect your pump and manifold. Tank heaters on of course, but they are relatively low wattage.

And, on most coaches there is an access panel to the back side of the water heater. Take this off and set it aside to get more warm air in there. Leaving cabinets with plumbing in them open a few inches is not a bad idea either.

Also, you may want to disconnect and drain your supply hose at night and run off the tank.

If you do cold weather ops a lot there's some things you can do to make it less work every time.... Here's what I did: https://dragonship.blog/wet-bay-heat/
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When it's well below freezing and we have to operate hydraulic slides or leveling I make sure the batteries are fully charged and we are hooked up to some outside electric source for converter assist. If you don't have enough power, the system is susceptible to blown fuses and assorted errors, especially when it's cold and sluggish.

Oh, if possible, I wait as long as I can for the sun to warm things up a bit
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We keep the bed slide in, a bit warmer with it in. Skip
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Cold weather problems

Enjoy Bryce Canyon itís gorgeous we had a chance to visit 10 years or so ago there were fires nearby we got some great shots it was almost empty in the middle of summer. This are hanging up in my hall
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