I have been camping in my 2013 Forester #3051S since July 1st in the mountains of Franklin, North Carolina.
Last night was the first time temperatures reached well below freezing (22 degrees).
This morning there was no water from the sinks.
So, I checked my fresh water hose, pressure regulator and the campground water valve were all frozen. The previous night temperatures only reached 32 degrees and the water was still flowing.
Luckily, I had some water in my onboard fresh water tank. After turning on the pump, water was again flowing from the faucets.
In a few hours, I was able to get the ice out of my water hose by placing it in the tub to thaw. I also brought my water regulator and Cameo water filter inside to thaw. It was a learning lesson, as I was not the only one with a frozen water hose. The brass Y, I use on the campground water connection froze and split (only damage).
My propane furnace was used all night for heating. I normally set the thermostat around 63 degrees and use one blanket on the bed. BTW…my Heat Pump worked down to 40 degrees before shutting down. It is possible to use the Heat Pump during the day if the temperatures rise. This does conserve propane but the heat is uneven and only reaches about waist height.
I have an external 4.6 gallon, 20 lb propane tank connected to my main propane regulator. This allows me to only burn fuel from the 20 lb tank and carry it down to the camp office for refilling. If I run out of fuel my on-board tank is still full and can be used.
Makes no sense having to drive my RV to the camp office because my propane tank is low.
My backup heating source is a small electric ceramic heater. I use this at times instead of the propane furnace. But, I DO NOT sleep with the ceramic heater on.
Tonight, I will disconnect my water hose, regulator and Cameo filter and use a small compressor to blow the lines empty. Also, by shutting off the campground water value it drains to prevent freezing similar to a fire hydrant.
November 1st I starting heading to Southwest, Florida….home!
Only RV repair needed when I get home: is a replacement Onan generator fuel pump that starting leaving a raw gasoline odor inside coach after running. I already called a Cummins Onan dealer in Fort Myers, FL and they have the upgraded replacement pumps in stock.
I was a great summer in my new Forester #3051S
Next RV trip is January 2014 to Flywheelers Antique Engine Show in Avon Park, FL.