Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
Newbie
 
pg_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 198
Supposed to drop to 29 degrees tonight for a couple hours -- should I run antifreeze?

Depending on which forecast I look at, it could dip to around 29 deg from 0500-0700 tomorrow morning. Trying to decide if I should head to the storage lot and run antifreeze through my trailer. My concern is any trace amounts of water from this weekend that are in the shower heads or faucets could freeze and crack the plastic.

Should I bother? I would absolutely HATE myself if I don't do it and end up with a leak. It seems like it should only take me ~15 minutes to bypass the water heater, remove the water filter, connect a jug of antifreeze to the antifreeze inlet, and run the pump until each faucet/toilet runs pink. Should I also drain the hot water heater, or is there no way it could freeze?
__________________

__________________
2012 Rockwood 2306
2007 Honda Ridgeline tow vehicle with Equal-i-zer and Prodigy P2
pg_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
jtstromsburg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stromsburg, Nebraska
Posts: 1,654
If it were me, I wouldn't worry about it. It'd have to get to the mid 20's for more than a couple hours to hurt much. Think of your home freezer. At 0-, you can put a bottle of water in for a couple hours before it would freeze solid.
jmo though.

Joel
__________________

__________________
Joel and Teresa
2016 Sabre 34TBOK
2006 GMC 3500 CC LB DRW 4X4
jtstromsburg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
Newbie
 
pg_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 198
I hear ya, although its not a glassful amount of water I'm worried about -- it's the little bit that could be trapped in a shower head that makes me nervous. I just don't know enough to know whether I should be worried or not.
__________________
2012 Rockwood 2306
2007 Honda Ridgeline tow vehicle with Equal-i-zer and Prodigy P2
pg_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 9,616
It it would give you peace of mind why not go ahead and run antifreeze throught the unit? Might be the only way you will be able to sleep tonight.
__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
PrairieBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Rouleau, Saskatchewan
Posts: 176
I wouldn't worry about it. Its not going to freeze long enough to bring the temperature down to freezing inside the trailer. It would have to get alot colder than that and for a longer duration before you would have to worry.
__________________
Todd & Sheila and kids
Rouleau, Saskatchewan
2012 Surveyor SV-305
2012 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 CC Outdoorsman
PrairieBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
youll be fine
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 49
for such a short cold spell I would not worry, when this happens to me I just open the low point drains and leave all faucets open, never had a problem
__________________
Denny in Los Lunas is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #8
Newbie
 
pg_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 198
I went ahead and did it. lol

One question -- does the water pump run with less power when running off battery? It did a good job of sucking antifreeze out of the jug and through the lines, but I noticed with the outdoor shower in particular that the water pressure was very low. The pump also seemed quieter than when I was running it off 30amp shore power this past weekend.
__________________
2012 Rockwood 2306
2007 Honda Ridgeline tow vehicle with Equal-i-zer and Prodigy P2
pg_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Rest and Relax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brampton ontario
Posts: 120
Lightbulb

Would it not be easier to turn the furnace on and set it for about 50 degrees for the night? Battery would keep it going as it won't run often or long.
__________________

Mark And Libby
2011 F-350 4X4 Super Crew
2015 Cedar Creek 38FB2
Brampton ON.
Rest and Relax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 09:10 PM   #10
Newbie
 
pg_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 198
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rest and Relax
Would it not be easier to turn the furnace on and set it for about 50 degrees for the night? Battery would keep it going as it won't run often or long.
I like that idea, but would that prevent freezing in the lines under the belly, or the outdoor shower head?

In all honesty it only took me 15 min to bypass and drain the heater, then suction antifreeze through the lines and out each faucet. Guess I shouldn't stress over it next time.
__________________

__________________
2012 Rockwood 2306
2007 Honda Ridgeline tow vehicle with Equal-i-zer and Prodigy P2
pg_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
antifreeze

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



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:02 PM.