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Old 11-21-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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Leaving HP on when connected to shore power

My coach is at the storage facility. It hasn't been winterized because we're taking it to Florida in 2 weeks. The temp is suppose to drop to 28 tonight. The temps are ranging from 28-34 at night to 40-60 during the day. It's covered on 3 sides but exposed at the front. I have a 30 amp service. I was going to turn the heat pump on around 60 and the tank heaters and leave it like that until we leave. Has anyone ever done that before to prevent anything from freezing? Any other tips
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:28 PM   #2
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With the temps at 28-34 at night, that is too cold for the heat pump to work. Even at around 40 during the day, that is marginal for the heat pump to work. I think if you would put a small heater inside the coach, that would probably warm the coach enough to keep the temps inside above freezing and would prevent freezing.
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:32 PM   #3
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Thank you!
I have a small space heater that blows and doesn't have a red hot center. I'll try that. Thanks for the advice


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You can always leave your rear furnace on 40 degrees and keep the cargo lights on for a bit more heat. Do you have tank heaters?
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OP stated that he put his tank heaters on. Also, if he leaves the furnace on, that will use up propane while a small electric heater will not.
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Missed that part. Being plugged in a small space heater may be the way to go. I do like the fact that our furnace will kick on all the way down to 40 degrees for a bit of extra security.
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Old 11-21-2015, 02:35 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!
I turned the tank heaters on, plugged in a small oscillating space heater and left the cargo lights on. I plan on going by in the morning to check on everything.
Thanks for the tips!


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Remove the water filter housing and leave off.
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Stephen; I'm not trying to throw a wet blanket on the conversation, but if you get a hard freeze (below mid-20's) and lasting in the daylight hours you may be vulnerable. Heaters inside are not going to protect your water heater (which I presume is tankless) which just has a metal door with vents to the outside.

You may do a good job in protecting 90%, but you don't want a broken fitting to get you. Again I am talking about a hard freeze.

I blow out the lines (you need regulator on the air supply) and it takes 20 minutes. During the blow-out, each utility valve must be opened; hot and cold. Then dump a cup of anti freeze in each trap. Don't forget the toilet, shower, outside shower and washer (if you ever had water in that circuit).

You did not mention your motorhome type and when you are heading south.

Just more thoughts for you to consider.
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Just putting a heater in the coach won't protect the pipes in the under belly. You need to have warm air blowing in that space, and can only do that if your furnace is blowing air through the ducts.

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Stephen; I'm not trying to throw a wet blanket on the conversation, but if you get a hard freeze (below mid-20's) and lasting in the daylight hours you may be vulnerable. Heaters inside are not going to protect your water heater (which I presume is tankless) which just has a metal door with vents to the outside.

You may do a good job in protecting 90%, but you don't want a broken fitting to get you. Again I am talking about a hard freeze.

I blow out the lines (you need regulator on the air supply) and it takes 20 minutes. During the blow-out, each utility valve must be opened; hot and cold. Then dump a cup of anti freeze in each trap. Don't forget the toilet, shower, outside shower and washer (if you ever had water in that circuit).

You did not mention your motorhome type and when you are heading south.

Just more thoughts for you to consider.
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