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Old 04-16-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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City water hose froze overnight

So, apparently if the forecast is for the mid-20s overnight, you should take heed *especially* when you have to use 100' of water hose to get to your neighbor's water spigot.

Our hose is frozen quite nicely from the spigot to the camper and we have no water inside.

What should I have done?

- I know I've read about people saying leave a trickle of water on. One of my gray tanks is open.

- Or, should I have partially filled my water tank so that I could run off of that today?

- Or, should I have just disconnected and emptied the hose. It's already to 31* this morning, I assume I would be able to reconnect now without issue *if* the hose were empty.

Other ideas?
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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I would have partially filled the tank, disconnected the hose and drained it. Hooked it up in the morning and continue on.

We always drain the fw tank down to about 5 gal when traveling. When freezing is forecast, we fill it to at least 1/2 and disconnect the hose.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:35 AM   #3
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I use a PIRIT heated hose but they are costly. Running a PIRIT hose 100 feet would have been very expensive. I also use tubular foam insulation and haven't had a problem. Having to extend an insulated hose 100 feet though would not be practical.

I would do as OldCoot suggested...fill your tank (heated preferable), disconnect hose during freezing, and reconnect when temps are above freezing.
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If freezing weather is imminent at night disconnect the hose from campground spigot and drain it. I put a cap on the disconnected end to keep anything from crawling in. Leave the spigot on at a trickle so it doesn't freeze.
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Thanks all. It looks like we only had freezing temperatures from about 2am until 10am. I'm honestly surprised the hose froze out quite as much as it did.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thanks all. It looks like we only had freezing temperatures from about 2am until 10am. I'm honestly surprised the hose froze out quite as much as it did.
I hope the Members on the other Post right now read this! They say it cant happen. 32f is freezing! OC is right on line for proper protection! Youroo!!
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:06 AM   #7
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I hope the Members on the other Post right now read this! They say it cant happen. 32f is freezing! OC is right on line for proper protection! Youroo!!
What's really surprising is that the temperatures for last night:
  • 12am- 34
  • 1am- 33
  • 2am- 31
  • 3am- 30
  • 4am- 29
  • 5am- 28
  • 6am- 28
  • 7am- 29
  • 8am- 30
  • 9am- 32
  • 10am- 35

I'm really surprised the hose froze with that mild of temperatures enough to choke out the water supply to the camper.

I don't expect any issues inside, but I'll check the usual freeze/leak spots.
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Surprised? It's a 1/2" or 5/8" dia tube of water and doesn't take long to freeze. Our Igloo ice maker will make cubes in 6 or 7 minutes.
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If freezing weather is imminent at night disconnect the hose from campground spigot and drain it. I put a cap on the disconnected end to keep anything from crawling in. Leave the spigot on at a trickle so it doesn't freeze.
Most of the C/G here have self draining Hydrants for freeze protection. Letting a spigot or supply valve turned ON will get a Camper (Chewed Out or Kicked Out) of a C/G where we have stayed! Youroo!!
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I hope the Members on the other Post right now read this! They say it cant happen. 32f is freezing! OC is right on line for proper protection! Youroo!!
Nobody said it can't happen. The discussion over there was regarding the water lines inside the camper.
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