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Old 02-13-2015, 03:33 PM   #11
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Wow...thanks for all the good suggestions folks...survived 26 degrees with no issues last nite. Will implement some additional measures before it drops lower!
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:37 PM   #12
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I purchased a heated water hose with built in thermos stat off ebay a couple years ago and used it for three months that same year. It worked very well and a 25 footer can be bought for around a hundred bucks. Run search on eBay for "heated water hose". I used this hose and a 100 watt light bulb in water compartment with positive results down to 10 degrees F that winter.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #13
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Survived 7 degrees, gusty winds from NW in Raton, NM in March a couples of years back. We were parked north to south. Water lines were insulated in fresh water compartment and shore water compartment with 75 watt bulbs turned on through the cold and snow. Compartment doors were also insulated with the silver looking "bubble" stuff as previously mentioned. Left water dripping (grey tank open) so that water still flowed to prevent outside water spigot/hose from freezing. Fridge access compartment was also insulated and wrapped. Learned from experience---lost the ice maker valve in prior cold......$100+ dollars to replace part only. Pics attached.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:02 PM   #14
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You should be ok but one thing I do is I purchased 2 small heaters from Wal Mart for 10 bucks, they are called personal heaters and only use 450 watts max. I place one where the water pump is and it will be under the fresh water tank, and the other I place in the wet bay where your hose connections are. Also that is where your black and grey tanks are above. With my remote temp sensor it stays approx. 60 degrees when the temp outside is below freezing. I plug them on an extension cord and plug it into the 20 amp on the pedestal or plug it into the compartment to the left of the door, there is a 110 outlet there. I know that with these two heaters in those compartments I know that nothing will freeze and my pump is also covered.
The heaters do not get hot enough to cause any issues. If you want I can show pictures if you need them.


As far as water fill your tank up and use that and refill during the day when temps are above freezing.
I have also done this ^ but I'm curious who you secured the door to that compartment (fresh water tank / pump ) w/ the extension cord supplying power to the heater?
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:07 PM   #15
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I have also done this ^ but I'm curious who you secured the door to that compartment (fresh water tank / pump ) w/ the extension cord supplying power to the heater?
Mine is in the pass threw compartment.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:31 PM   #16
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We also run into this cold temp thing on occasion. Only real problem we've had is a frozen hose. I always carry a couple of extender white hoses for running water a long ways to our coach. When it is 20-25 degrees, for a short time at night the hose will freeze. I simply drag out one of my extenders and connect it. Drag my primary into the sun and withing just a short while it is thawed.

Our best answer is to keep going south to warmer weather. We are making our way back to NC and hit this same COLD. Suffering through it for now.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:40 PM   #17
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Whatever you do, try to be setup and tied down by about noon tomorrow. This winter storm coming across the NC/Va. area looks like it's gonna be a doozy.

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Old 02-15-2015, 02:08 PM   #18
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Big Ben/Hud...ditto that...we looked at the DEEP freeze forecasts and just stopped in GA...where we are getting some sub freezing temps but only for a few hours each nite. No sense fighting mother nature when she is on a tear!
The porta heater, Arctic Pack & furnace are doing their jobs...along with keeping a bit of water running at nite... but I wouldn't want to be much further north without winterizing fully.
If this arctic blast doesn't give up by next weekend...I'm just gonna winterize here and drive north without worries.
Thanks again to all for the good advice which I've been able to use some of...and will benefit long term by knowing how others cope.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:24 PM   #19
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I have also done this ^ but I'm curious who you secured the door to that compartment (fresh water tank / pump ) w/ the extension cord supplying power to the heater?
When you slide the black plastic to reveal the FW tank I place the heater there and face it towards the pump, however I do not close the black plastic all the way. (keep it open 4-5 inches) then run the rest of the cord out and shut the compartment. Then just run your extension cord and plug everything up. Hope this helped
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I purchased a heated water hose with built in thermos stat off ebay a couple years ago and used it for three months that same year. It worked very well and a 25 footer can be bought for around a hundred bucks. Run search on eBay for "heated water hose". I used this hose and a 100 watt light bulb in water compartment with positive results down to 10 degrees F that winter.
We have 250' of the Priva heated garden hose supplying the house in winter.I have 3 - 50' and 1 - 100'. Our water supply line from the well is only 6' deep and is usually frozen by feb 1. They advertise a thermostat that comes on at 41 deg.It has only been single didgets during the day and - at night for a week or so. was + 7 and is now - 15 here now. We dont even have to run water to keep it ice free now. I checked the water temp at the house and it was 40 deg.These things work! Ive never used one in the trailer,but if we do early spring or late fall trips I'll definitly take a 50' along. got it off Amazon.
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