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Old 10-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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The water is must be frozen

Woke up Sunday morning in Northern Minnesota with temps in the low 20's, no Water was coming out of the faucets. Seems the low temps froze up the red handled spigot and hose leading into the windjammer.

I was able to melt the frozen water with a torch at the spigot. The pressure pushed the rest of the ice out of the hose after I unhooked it from the city water connection.

This is my favorite time of the year to camp. Any ideas on how I can keep this line from freezing up? I was thinking it needs an insulated hose or a blanket to keep it warm.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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When temperatures are expected to go that low overnight, I always fill the fresh water holding tank and disconnect the water hose from the spigot and drain it. When the temperatures warm up the next morning I reconnect the water hose. I’m taking it for granted you have heated holding tanks.

Many of the campgrounds I’ve been to require you to disconnect the water hose during freezing temperatures.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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Thats a GGGGGGGGGGGreat idea, never evan thought of doing that! Thanks
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Thats a GGGGGGGGGGGreat idea, never evan thought of doing that! Thanks
You can also buy a heating cable and wrap it and the hose.

Shop EasyHeat 30' 211-Watt Pipe Heat Cable at Lowes.com
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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Or buy one of those 'spensive heated hoses! That red faucet looks like a no freeze faucet. If the hose is detached, the water will drain out down below the frost line. I have one of those ouside my horse barn. Even so, up north where we are I have the pipe wrapped with heat tape, as well as detaching the hose. Another trick, blow all the water out of the hose after detaching. Beware if itis a metal fitting! (remember sticking your tongue to a metal railing in winter? Well maybe not in some parts of the continent) Anyway, I have a small air pump used for inflating exercise balls. Goes in the end of the hose, pump a few time and no more water in the hose to freeze. But you have to be quick when it is 40 below!
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I too drain the water from our hose in freezing temps. Alot easier than trying to thaw out the hose.
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