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Old 11-05-2014, 07:33 AM   #1
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Question about fall/winter camping

Does anyone use heat tape on the incoming water line or do they just let the faucets drip to keep it from freezing? Also, does anyone do anything special for the dump valves to keep them from freezing when camping in below freezing temps at night?


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Old 11-05-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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I take my hose off after filling my FW tank and put it in the basement and use the pump. My Waste tank valves are heated with tape. I'm sure you could find some and plug it into the 20 amp plug on a pedestal. You should also insulate your low point drains. Alot of private CG will not allow you to drip water all night. But it does work. As long as your hooked to a sewer and the gray tank is open. The first time I did that I thought my slinky would freeze up but it didn't. A little trick I learned I run two space heaters but the second one I run on an extension cord to the Pedestal and bring the end in the trailer between the side wall and rubber sweep at the bottom and plug in the second heater then I don't blow any breakers.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:46 AM   #3
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As I see it you have two options. 1) drain and stow that water hose or 2) heat tape. You can heat tape for less than $50.00.
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A little trick I learned I run two space heaters but the second one I run on an extension cord to the Pedestal and bring the end in the trailer between the side wall and rubber sweep at the bottom and plug in the second heater then I don't blow any breakers.
Or go to West Marine and get a outside mounted male plug. It's hardwired to an inside extension cord. All I have to do is plug the cord from the pedestal to it.

Here's where it enters under the dinette seat.
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Or go to West Marine and get a outside mounted male plug. It's hardwired to an inside extension cord. All I have to do is plug the cord from the pedestal to it.

Here's where it enters under the dinette seat.
That's what I have been thinking of doing in our trailer since we don't have slide outs. Besides being able to run a space heater along with the regular appliances we figure it will allow us to bring along things like a counter top convection oven and not have to worry about overloading the 30 amp trailer circuit.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:59 PM   #6
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Good idea, it will really help run other stuff as mentioned. To be honest I only thought about a heater and not the other uses, Thanks...
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That's what I have been thinking of doing in our trailer since we don't have slide outs.
That outlet is in my big slide. I didn't want to have to push cords in and out past the slide seal.
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for your water supply, id suggest checking out PIRIT Heated Hose : The Only Cold Weather Heated Hose

A tad pricey, but they claim the hoses are practically freeze proof. One of them came with my lightly used XLR 395, have yet to try it out myself, but will be putting it to the test soon!
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for your water supply, id suggest checking out PIRIT Heated Hose : The Only Cold Weather Heated Hose

A tad pricey, but they claim the hoses are practically freeze proof. One of them came with my lightly used XLR 395, have yet to try it out myself, but will be putting it to the test soon!
Those will work as long as the CG spigot does't freeze.
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true, everything is only as good as its weakest link.

Your water source would have to be sufficient for your conditions, in my particular case i wont have an issue with it as my water source is heated (inside) and all of my utilities run out of a heated shelter.

If hes in a campground, i think its unlikely that they would have water available anyways if it was below freezing, unless they were set up in such a way that their plumbing wouldnt freeze (and thus nothing to worry about). Cant say ive come across a campground yet that had water available in the late fall/winter as most setups ive come across are open to the elements and would freeze up pretty easily.
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