Originally Posted by Chillbilly
A neighbor ask me a question which I did not know the answer to. His question was; How long can my RV withstand freezing temperatures before being damaged? I know that it depends upon how good the insulation is, how much water is in the lines, etc. But given all things equal, does anyone have an answer? If water is left in the lines, with a typical badly insulated RV, how long will it be until the lines have frozen and burst? Mind you, I don't intend to try this experiment. My answer to him was, Probably overnight. He seems to think it would have to get really cold for a lengthy period of time before damage would occur. Any input?
This reminds me of questions we asked each other at work just for fun:
1. Did you bring your lunch or ride the bus? ... and more appropriately
2. Is it colder in the winter than it is in the mountains?
There are too many variables here for me to give any valuable input. If we had information on what is the lowest temperature and we knew something about the quality of insulation in a given trailer, we could make a guess on how long it would take pipes to freeze.
a. effectiveness of insulation
b. really cold
c. lengthy period
These are fairly open data points. All I know is - I had a commode valve freeze and burst sometime over a winter several years back and it "probably" didn't get below 14°F that winter.