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Old 10-26-2015, 01:13 PM   #11
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I lived in NH/Maine for decades. You really don't have to worry about things freezing up in a few hours. It takes time to sap the residual heat from things. It takes awhile for water to 40-50 degree water to freeze at 32.
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Old 10-26-2015, 01:15 PM   #12
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This is the 11th winter we have brought our RV to Arizona with us. Never winterized, never had a problem. For several years, like you, we lived aboard. Now we have a house and I still don't worry about the RV. In fact, since I have solar I don't even use shore power. It takes a really hard freeze to do damage. . .just not something we get in the SW unless you are at high altitude.
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:06 PM   #13
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I camp below Montgomery, Alabama where the temperature very rarely drops below freezing for more than a few hours at night. I am only there on the weekends. I am connected to shore power so if I put a couple of space heaters in camper and open the cabinets, will that keep stuff from freezing?
Yep! We are up in Huntsville and have two oil filled space heaters for our 33' long rig. They even have a "no freeze" setting (keeps ambiant temps at @ 45 deg.)

Works perfectly, and I don't have to winterize which means we can be spontanous and go camping when the mood strikes.
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:09 PM   #14
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X2 on tank heaters I've never used ours cause it doesn't get cold enough here.
Also if it's going to be real cold wrap your water hose with heat tape and put that tube insulation over it.
There is also a pre-wrapped hose solution here:

No Freeze Water Hose - Eliminate Water Line Freeze
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:42 PM   #15
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Thank you for your suggestions. It's good to know others have made it through mild freezing weather without incident! I'll be mindful of the draw of the tank heaters if I'm not plugged in. The furnace does have a fan only setting, so I'll use that to circulate the warm air (from space heaters or the Mr Buddy).
I'm not sure of what furnace you have but if it's a suburban, You DO NOT HAVE A FAN ONLY SETTING. that is for the A/C fan which you could use. Other then that you need to wire in a switch as OC said he did. At least I have never seen one....Beware on that one..Could be wrong but I don't think so...
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Old 10-26-2015, 03:14 PM   #16
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I live in the Eastern Sierra Mtns. @ 7,000 ft. Elev. I did quite a bit of below freezing usage last year on my Solera before eventually wintering. No problems if below freezing for only a few hrs. If it warms up during the day. I use Arctic Pac at night, insulate the vents with the inserts, foam core boards over windows, heavy blanket between coach and cab for heat loss and furnace or space heater. I open the cabinets a little to let the heat into the lines. I use a little antifreeze in the holding tank if really cold too. All lines run inside the rv, not underneath. There is spray insulation underbody. All in all, pretty well insulated. Using some pipe fitting cover near the tank is the only exposed area.
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:13 PM   #17
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Thank you all for the good suggestions. You are correct about the fan only being part of the a.c. system (sad). I've got 500 watts of solar and 4 AGM batteries, so I have a little more capacity than a stock Solera. So good to hear that many of you have made it through a chilly night with no ill effects to the Solera water and waste systems. Thank you!! I love this forum! Last night, I was worried and tonight I'm not. 😃
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:32 PM   #18
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Thank you all for the good suggestions. You are correct about the fan only being part of the a.c. system (sad). I've got 500 watts of solar and 4 AGM batteries, so I have a little more capacity than a stock Solera. So good to hear that many of you have made it through a chilly night with no ill effects to the Solera water and waste systems. Thank you!! I love this forum! Last night, I was worried and tonight I'm not. 😃
Charlene-
just curious about how you have the 4 AGM batteries set up? any chance you could post some pics? I may want a similar setup.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:59 PM   #19
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Jdyson, two under the steps (had to make the step a tiny bit higher) and two in the passenger side compartment. Also in the passenger side compartment is the Progressive surge protector. Not much to photograph -- just a plywood box built into the compartment (I have the 24S Solera). Does that help?
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Worst case, run the truck engine every couple hours to charge everything back up? Heats the cab too.
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