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Old 11-28-2015, 04:15 PM   #31
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You are welcome. I write technical notes in my work, though this is a more casual style.

The drawers under the bed: We have two drawers above an empty opening. We've found a couple of containers that fit under there for shoes and coats that we wouldn't use often but like to have with us.

Regarding the freezing weather - even having fresh water in the tank will freeze if the temps are below freezing for any length of time and you are not running the heater. Even though the space under the bed is within the insulated envelope, the insulation is R-10 at the best. A house with 4" walls is R-21 for a bit of reference.

If you'd like to flush the toilet during the winter, I'd suggest carrying gallon bottles of water. Then add some pink stuff to the black tank from time to time to help keep it from freezing between the times you empty it.

Our temps in western Oregon typically range from 50 down to 20, with an occasional drop into the teens. Some winters never freeze, but the last several years we've had freezing nights for perhaps a quarter of the fall/winter season. If the night is clear, the temps usually drop into freezing temps. If they are cloudy, usually the temps stay in the high 30s to 40s depending on the weather pattern.

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Old 03-24-2016, 10:51 PM   #32
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brucemc,

Looking at the photos in your post #27 it looks like the drain lines just rear of the coach door have caps at the bottom. My lines are not capped.

I am ready to summarize my rig.

Does anyone know if there are shut off valves on these lines and where they are? I have great difficulty bending over and turning my head so I want to minimize my search to specific areas. My two guesses are just under the sink to behind the drawer that is below the sink cabinet.

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Old 03-25-2016, 12:21 AM   #33
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Low point drain location

Excellent information here. However the usually preferred way to deal with the FW tank is to empty it and then there is no need for chlorination or antifreeze in the FW tank. Since it's for FRESH water, keeping the off-taste and off-smell elements out is good. If you need water onboard, it may be beat to just keep it inside.

If one must use the toilet in the winter, keep a gallon or two of windshield washer fluid rated to -20 or -30 (as needed for local conditions) on hand in the bathroom. That stuff won't freeze in the toilet or in the holding tank. The solids may still freeze but you're on your own there just as you would be with water+pink antifreeze. At least the tank will be full of liquid not a block of ice. An arctic pack will keep the tank above freezing if you have it and have shore power to support it.


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Old 03-25-2016, 03:39 PM   #34
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I learnt something today.... I really see the value of window washer fluid as an emergency head solvent. DW want 24/7 access to coach facilities when we are in it, whether I got water or not. Keep the ideas flowing...pun

Also consider this if youre thinkin about adding water softener to the black tank to make it slicker, try a cap full calgon in with some toliet treatment in a solo cup. It will turn to a taffy type substance. Glad I tested this first....
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If you need water onboard, it may be beat to just keep it inside.

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Correction: it may be best....




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Old 03-26-2016, 07:09 PM   #36
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I used my RV all winter. I kept a supply of gallon containers and RV antifreeze in the shower. Used the water for flushing #1 and added some antifreeze to tank every trip. Also kept the toilet valve covered with antifreeze. Luckily #2 was done indoors.
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