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Old 01-04-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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Freezing weather

It rarely gets below freezing in Savannah, GA, especially on an inland where I live. However, they are forecasting low temps of 14-16 degrees F for Wed. That means the island will be 18-20 degrees. My Coachmen 19 cb is in a storage yard with no power hook ups. Will it prevent freezing if I bring it home to my driveway and run an electric heater off my 20 amp outlet? If the cold could have just held off, I am leaving next week for a month in various Florida states parks. Don't want to have to go through a big winterizing hoopla just to have to undo it. This RV is less than a year old. Any advice from your experienced RVers?

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Old 01-04-2015, 08:13 PM   #2
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When you say you don't want to go through a winterizing hoopla--I assume this means that the plumbing is still full of water? You need to get that water out of the pipes or you could have a mess come next week. Like, an expensive, unpleasant to deal with, mess. Start by getting a blow out plug and use compressed air to empty every line of plumbing, drain the HWH by removing the anode rod, and open the low point drains. Believe me, the "hoopla" is worth the headaches it will prevent. And be glad you don't live in the midwest or northeast... Doing it with air is easy to "undo," you just turn the water back on and let the air blow out of the faucets/shower/toilet when you're ready to use.

There's no way I'd trust a plug in heater to keep my pipes from freezing.
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Is your underbelly covered with the furnace that blows under the floor? If it does, bring it home and run the heat. Or drain your freshwater and hot water heater then blow compressed air thru the water lines opening every valve.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:05 PM   #4
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I would bring it home and plug in the electric heater. You may have tank heaters as well that you could turn on.
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When you say you don't want to go through a winterizing hoopla--I assume this means that the plumbing is still full of water? You need to get that water out of the pipes or you could have a mess come next week. Like, an expensive, unpleasant to deal with, mess. Start by getting a blow out plug and use compressed air to empty every line of plumbing, drain the HWH by removing the anode rod, and open the low point drains. Believe me, the "hoopla" is worth the headaches it will prevent. And be glad you don't live in the midwest or northeast... Doing it with air is easy to "undo," you just turn the water back on and let the air blow out of the faucets/shower/toilet when you're ready to use.

There's no way I'd trust a plug in heater to keep my pipes from freezing.
X2!!! I live in Atlanta & camp often in Savannah (Skidaway State Park). Winterizing is a pain but replacing leaking plumbing or a water pump is expensive and a whole lot more of a pain! A small heater will not help your exposed tank valves. I spent time this afternoon making sure my rig is ready for the low temps this week.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:47 PM   #6
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X2!!! I live in Atlanta & camp often in Savannah (Skidaway State Park). Winterizing is a pain but replacing leaking plumbing or a water pump is expensive and a whole lot more of a pain! A small heater will not help your exposed tank valves. I spent time this afternoon making sure my rig is ready for the low temps this week.
This is the (SAFE) way! Youroo!!
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:51 PM   #7
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While some of you southern, and CA gentlemen consider a pain to winterize, us northern folks just do it out of necessity. Let us know if anything pops!
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One option is to bring it home and while using the electric heater, run the furnace also. 16 degrees is cold, and will freeze things up, but if it gets above freezing during the day this should work fine. Up here in Michigan I'd camp into November with temps at night in the teens, and highs during the day around 30 and not have things freeze. Open up all low point drains and faucets to drain any residual water.

Since there seems to be more and more low teens temps happening in the southern states now a days, best bet is to acquire a air compressor, an adapter with a air valve to thread into the water fill, and use air to blow out the lines. Only takes a few minutes and can be done after every outing. Just remember to regulate the air to 45-50lbs so as not to blow any lines/fittings apart. Also pull the plug and drain the water heater.

If I resided in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, or any other southern states, I would use this method instead of using the anti freeze.
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Don`t be foolish...winterize, winterize, winterize. If you don`t, you will likely be dealing with a whole lot more hoopla. If you own an RV....winterizing is part of the package, at least for a huge majority of us, and even if you live in warmer climates, you never know when your travels will take you to a place where you will suddenly have to winterize...it`s just part of knowing your RV.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:20 PM   #10
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Freezing weather

Thank you all for your replies and your help. The RV made it through last night okay and the temperatures are supposed to be above freezing in the predicted future. Am leaving and heading south for a month next week. I live on Skidaway Island (very close to the State Park) and being close to the water keeps the temperatures a little warmer here. Owning a RV is very new to me and I am learning a little at a time so truly appreciate the help and advice from all of you. I have already learned that I love the lifestyle and am not happy unless I am on the road. Thank you all again. If you see me in campgrounds, feel free to come give me more advice and teach me more. The license plate on the front of my RV says Skidaway Island, Savannah Georgia.
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