Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 728
I messed up..........

I made a stupid mistake on our trip back from Florida. I had winterized the camper when we were in Florida. On the way back the temps were in the low 30's so I decided to put a few gallons in the FW tank and just run the toilet. Left everything else "sealed". It got very cold on the 2nd night but the water was still working fine and the tank heaters were doing their thing. on the last leg and then the first night at home it dropped to single digits.

My intention was to re-winterize when we hit Maryland but because the temps were in the single digits for days the pump froze solid. I kept the furnace running but apparently it is not ducted to the front compartment where the pump is and since I did not have the HW heater on it stayed cold. I figured this out later In hindsight I should have either de-winterized completely or not at all!

Now, I am waiting for the temps here to moderate a bit to assess my stupidity induced damage.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

Marty
__________________

__________________
2016 Rockwood 2703WS Sapphire
2016 F250 SD 6.2L
Martsing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 11:49 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
MillMitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: MN
Posts: 817
Good luck! I suspect, with this artic air up north, a lot of us are going to be second guessing our winterizing procedures. First time winterizing for me last fall, and I did it twice. First time without opening the low point drains. Had an 'oh crap' moment after reading posts and went out to storage facility and redid it. This forum is awesome.
Mitch in MN
__________________

__________________
Mitch in MN
2018 Patriot (Grey Wolf) 23MK travel trailer
2011 Durango 5.7L and OEM tow package
MillMitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 11:58 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 9,984
Next time, just get a couple jugs of water and flush the toilet with the water jugs.
__________________
1988 Coleman Sequoia - popup (1987-2009) - outlasted 3 Dodge Grand Caravans!
2012 Roo19 - hybrid (2012-2015)

2016 Mini Lite 2503S - tt (2015 - ???)
2011 Traverse LT, 3.6L, FWD
2009 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab, 5.3L, 4x4, 3.73
2016 Silverado 2500HD Dbl Cab, 6.0L 4x4, 4.10
rockfordroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 12:51 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post
Next time, just get a couple jugs of water and flush the toilet with the water jugs.
Oh.... my.... God.....

I have you guys tell people that in the past and it never freakin occurred to me.
Marty
__________________
2016 Rockwood 2703WS Sapphire
2016 F250 SD 6.2L
Martsing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 01:39 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: East Berlin
Posts: 668
Martsing, sure you are not the only one having this problem. What's really concerning is all the posts talking about water pumps freezing up in a compartment that is supposed to stay warm enough to not freeze. It only has to stay above 32 deg.

Good luck, let's hope no major pipe damage, the pump is easy to replace.
Rich5117 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 07:35 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich5117 View Post
Martsing, sure you are not the only one having this problem. What's really concerning is all the posts talking about water pumps freezing up in a compartment that is supposed to stay warm enough to not freeze. It only has to stay above 32 deg.

Good luck, let's hope no major pipe damage, the pump is easy to replace.
I hear you, but to be honest I can't fault the unit. If I would have dewinterized completely then the water heater would have kept that area warm. As it is, I only halfway dewinterized and that compartment was left to fend for itself! A lesson learned.

Marty
__________________
2016 Rockwood 2703WS Sapphire
2016 F250 SD 6.2L
Martsing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 07:45 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 26
Just from experience....Rv's were not engineered to be lived in. The lowest temp most Rv's are said to withstand is 25 degrees. I've seen them be ok in colder but manufacturers recommend that you not stay in them past 25 degrees. Too many things start going wrong or act up due to the cold weather.
trailer tech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 10:21 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Thurman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albany, GA.
Posts: 1,177
Also from experience: We were in Ochlocknee Bay, FL. Thu-Sun last week. Thursday night's low was 23° with a light wind coming off the Bay. My furnace was set to 66° and could not keep the TT that warm. We supplimented with an electric space heater and two quilts, well maybe a little snuggling too.
__________________
2015 FR Freedom Express 310BHDS pushing a 2014 GMC Sierra CC
Thurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 12:13 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 728
Update!

I dodged a bullet. The temps moderated and the pump stated working. I quickly re-winterized the system and noticed no leaks when pressurized.

I am going to go ahead and buy a new pump anyway and keep it as a spare.

Phew.

Marty
__________________
2016 Rockwood 2703WS Sapphire
2016 F250 SD 6.2L
Martsing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 12:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Waynesville
Posts: 13,889
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martsing View Post
I dodged a bullet. The temps moderated and the pump stated working. I quickly re-winterized the system and noticed no leaks when pressurized.

I am going to go ahead and buy a new pump anyway and keep it as a spare.

Phew.

Marty
Good deal,you just hit the "RV Lottery"! Youroo!!!
__________________

__________________
youroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24 PM.