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Old 10-10-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Gen 2 water heater freezing up(GSWH-1M)

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This is my first cold winter that I will be staying in the RV and trying to find out if the heater came with the WUD (winter use device) or not. Girard has not returned my calls.
Also any ideas to help keep the ice maker line from freezing? It runs from the mid bath on the right and goes thru the luggage compartment and routed on the bottom of the full slide up to the fridge in a channel with all the cabling. Ideas?


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Old 10-11-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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I don't know what a winter use device is, with that said if you are staying in the RV and using the water heater either on elect or propane there should be no problem with it freezing up. You may run into a problem if you don't use your main furnace for heat as that also provides heat for the basement and being in OK I would add skirting of some sort around the outside of the RV to help keep the heat from escaping from the under side
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So I'm assuming you have the on-demand water heater. Can't help with the question of if your unit has the winter use device or not. Most I have run across do. If yours does, you just have to have fresh water in your tank and the pump on as usually you have the city input disconnected during freezing situations.
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Charleston 430 RB.
This is my first cold winter that I will be staying in the RV and trying to find out if the heater came with the WUD (winter use device) or not. Girard has not returned my calls.
Also any ideas to help keep the ice maker line from freezing? It runs from the mid bath on the right and goes thru the luggage compartment and routed on the bottom of the full slide up to the fridge in a channel with all the cabling. Ideas?


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Don't know if you can insulate that line with something, If anything see if you can add some of that silver insulation from Lowes, use some spay glue and tack it to the walls of the whole locker, hang a lite bulb in it and you should be okay. That stuff works pretty good. What is the Average temp where you will be? Also buy a roll of the metal silver duct tape, and cover the exposed line with the that insulation taped to the channel. Don't leave anything exposed to weather, including your low point drains if you have them.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:51 PM   #5
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Charleston 430 RB.
This is my first cold winter that I will be staying in the RV and trying to find out if the heater came with the WUD (winter use device) or not. Girard has not returned my calls.
Also any ideas to help keep the ice maker line from freezing? It runs from the mid bath on the right and goes thru the luggage compartment and routed on the bottom of the full slide up to the fridge in a channel with all the cabling. Ideas?


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Girard responded and said yes the WUD is installed and comes on at 38 and shuts off at 58 to keep the heater from freezing. Yay. The ice maker line I will have to make a foam box around it see if it is warm enough to not freeze and break. There is small hole in the tray that I can see under the carpet which may (wishful thing) allow heat to get in the box. Of course if I forget to remove it when slide is closing it will shatter. Good luck to me.


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Old 10-11-2016, 04:53 PM   #6
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Girard did send me a full set of docs for the gen 2 in case anyone needs them. It's better than the book that came with it.


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