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Old 08-06-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Columbus and Freezing Temps

Has anyone experienced freezing pipes in their Columbus during cold weather camping?

I have been disappointed with ours in the cold, Went south last winter, coming back north it dropped into the 20's 2 nights and our galley water, both hot & cold froze. Heat was on so do not know why this should happen. Have tried to get dealer "CW" to address this but no luck. Was told when I purchased, that unit was good to zero. Our old unit did not freeze until it got into the single digits. It was a much cheaper unit than the Columbus, It was an Open Road
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Not a Columbus, but my Palomino Sabre was great in low teens thus last march. Towed home to Nebraska from Ohio with water in system and never had any issues. Once home, the weather remained very cold for match, but I didn't winterize. I kept an electric space heater, set to about 60 inside and left the furnace to 50 in case elect went out. No problems. I'd check furnace connections thru basement access panel and make sure they're sealed. Did the inside stay good and warm easily?
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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The inside of the unit was very warm, the basement was quite warm also. Not sure just where the Galley lines are routed but they seem to be outside the heated\insulated area or somewhere they get outside the heated or insulated area. All tank heaters were on also. It has not been hard to thaw them so far but this can not be good for the plumbing!
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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Shouldn't be happening. Warranty? Or you could trace the lines and see where the cold it getting to them. Heat tape and or insulation may be needed.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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Yes, still under warranty, but as mentioned above, not getting a real response from Camping World!
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Yes, still under warranty, but as mentioned above, not getting a real response from Camping World!
Send Chris Columbus a pm on here with your vin, dealers name/location, and where you are located. He, or Columbus should be able to find a dealer for warranty work.

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #7
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PM'd Chris C. will see what happens! Thanks
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:50 PM   #8
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PM'd Chris C. will see what happens! Thanks
No contact from Chris Columbus as of yet. Only have a little more than a month of warranty left
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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Reports last year of the 385BH with freezing pipes towards rear of unit for 2nd bathroom. My guess is the heated basement storage areas in the ever popular 320RS design protects bathroom and kitchen plumbing. The other models with kitchen and bathroom in rear of unit go unprotected. Look underneath yours were the kitchen plumbing is and find out if water lines and black drain lines are heated or not. The heat pads on the gray and black water tanks are probably towards middle and front of unit
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