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Old 09-19-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
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Artic pack heated tanks

I plan on using my Rv during wintertime, does the artic pack keep the tanks from freezing up does anyone else use their Rv in winter? I plan on staying on the Cumbres pass in Colorado where the temps drop below zero at times . So is this doable?the coach is a Georgetown 378
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:26 PM   #2
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I have a 2015 329, stayed between Frisco and Breckenridge last feb. Got to -5 a couple of nights. I have added foam insulation cut to size to the bays and put drop lights in there as well. Water pump froze one night, i remounted it on a piece of wood and wrapped it in insulation. I had no further issues with it. We have done this trip for about 12 years in a previous motorhome, and was glad to see the Georgetown could handle it. Heated water hose also works well and if you get up at night, run a bit of water just to keep things fluid. Winter camping is great, as we travel, we find ourselves often the only people in a state park with fresh snowfall. The dogs love it and so do we. There is risk of freezing, so take every precaution you can. If you're near others in a campground you will learn more tricks to winter camping from them as well. Enjoy.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:32 PM   #3
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I just saw you were a boondocking fool, some of my suggestions may not apply😄


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Old 09-19-2015, 11:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input I do plan on adding insulation to the bay's. Did you use ridgid insulation or batt ? I plan on cutting some 2" thick insulation to size and enclose as much as possible,so your only issue was with the water pump , that's good to hear . I'm hoping the artic pack gives off enough warmth to keep the tanks and lines from freezing up . On the screen name I do a lot of snowmobiling so that's where the name comes from......😎
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:19 AM   #5
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I used rigid insulation and actually taped the seams and leave it in place year round. It doesn't take up much space and i don't want to reinstall annually (lazy). Arctic packs work well for the tanks, I don't know if that would be enough heat for the pipes running through the bay's or not. Im sure our coaches are laid out differently, but to be safe I hang the drop light in two bays where the plumbing seems vulnerable. Have fun out there. After years of Summit county skiing we are heading to Utah this Feb, for a change of scenery. Just remembered if you don't know, place a piece of wood or similar under your jacks, learned the first year that they tend to freeze to the ground if there is any thawing and refreezing.


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Old 09-20-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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Thanks I will be sure to use wood blocks under the jacks . Do the drop lights give off enough heat or would I need a heater in the bay's? I thought with the insulation installed the artic pack would give off enough warmth to keep from freezing if not I will try the drop lights before trying the heaters. Is there anything else I should do
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:04 PM   #7
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I plan on using my Rv during wintertime, does the artic pack keep the tanks from freezing up does anyone else use their Rv in winter? I plan on staying on the Cumbres pass in Colorado where the temps drop below zero at times . So is this doable?the coach is a Georgetown 378
Your tanks should come on when the sensor reads 40 and the switch is on. More then likely your valves should also have heat tape on. It would be best to put a 1500 watt heater down below to and run it if you have a power pole hook it up to the 20 amp socket. You will probably burn a lot of propane, you will also need a heated hose for water and also wrap the water pipe. It will probably still freeze. If the temps raise above 32 during the day it could be done but if you stay below 32 for any length of time I would have to say no. These units are just not made for long periods of time for use in that kinda of temp. Good luck on your adventure.
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Thanks for your response Sir , do I need to run a new water line when you say heated line I plan to only stay 2 nights a week so hopefully the rig can handle a little cold weather. Rarely will I stay for a long time up there 4 nights at most
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Thanks for your response Sir , do I need to run a new water line when you say heated line I plan to only stay 2 nights a week so hopefully the rig can handle a little cold weather. Rarely will I stay for a long time up there 4 nights at most
If you fill your fresh water tank then I wouldn't even bother to pay the price for a heated hose. A heated hose only works if the riser does not freeze. 2 nights a week a would go for it. but not extended stay. Your weak point is your controls were your switching valves are insulate that as best as you can and I don't think you would have a problem for 2 day's. Let us know how it works out.......
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Old 09-20-2015, 02:56 PM   #10
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Arctic pack in my 329 is like a heating pad that warms what it comes in contact with, (tanks and drain lines) but doesn't really put off heat. My bays where my plumbing lines run are fairly small, so a drop light with 75 watt bulb works well. I know others with larger areas put heaters below. Hope this helps and you enjoy your trips.


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