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Old 01-16-2018, 07:40 PM   #1
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Cold weather camping question

Camping right now and the temp tomorrow night is supposed to drop down to 24. Wonder what precautions I should take in addition to disconnecting the water hose and opening the cabinet doors.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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If you have tank heaters, and there is water in the tanks you would want to turn them on. Otherwise, hope your propane tanks are full or your electric heater works good.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:39 PM   #3
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No tank heater in my trailer. Fresh water tank empty, some in the gray water and black water. More concerned about the water pipes.
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Old 01-16-2018, 09:29 PM   #4
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While I don't have a lot of experience at RV life (we began a year ago with a 25ft Prism motorhome ... loving it), I have done a little cold weather camping since. My first surprise experience was Jordan Valley Oregon - November 18, 2016 (I keep a journal). We camped along the highway where at 6:00 PM the temperature was 32 and falling rapidly ... I was really worried, as you are, about freezing plumbing. I heated the water in the hot-water tank, opened all of the cabinet doors and got up several times during the night to check. The outside temperature finally settled at 14. Turns out we survived the night fine. However after that experience, we bought a Mr. Heater (be sure to allow extra ventilation) and an extra propane tank, as well as vent pillows and got a roll of the shinny bubble insulation at Home Depot to make temporary window covers. We moved to southern Idaho a month later and lived in our motorhome through the winter waiting for our new home to finish. The winter was cold, lots of snow, even minus temps a several times ... I learned a lot and survived without damage. We were at a full hook-up park, so we added skirting around the outside and heat-tape and insulation to our water hose and sewer hose.
So with that said ... 24 degrees for a single night while you're living inside your RV should not be a big deal. You and your RV should be fine. I doubt any of your internal plumbing will freeze. However, your standard precautions, until you get to know you house better, are wise. For first time, I'd leave the cabinet doors open and since you disconnected water hoses, I leave the faucets open to accommodate possible expansion. However, if your running a house heater all night (+50) I wouldn't worry about anything.
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Old 01-16-2018, 09:54 PM   #5
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Thank you for the information. Sounds like it should be fine with a little common sense precautions.
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:42 PM   #6
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Let us know the results. Were you Ok or did you have some freezing?
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:07 PM   #7
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....... Wonder what precautions I should take in addition to disconnecting the water hose and opening the cabinet doors.
trickle(that's more than a drip) your water in the shower the whole time of the freezing temps and you won't need to disconnect the water hose, ... in the shower, because, doing it there, allows you to continue to use the sinks(bath/kitchen) without having to readjust the trickle every time you use water, .... you will also want to leave open the gray tank drain valve, to avoid the possibility of that tank filling and overflowing inside the tt, .... we've used this routine with temps in the hi teen's and never had a problem, .... (we lay the shower head down in the floor of the shower stall)
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:28 PM   #8
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Tonight is the cold night, now going to 23. Not hooked up to sewer so I cannot open the gray tank valve. We also extended our stay here because it snowed a couple of inches back home and we weren’t sure about roads tomorrow.
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:54 PM   #9
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In a pinch I have used rv antifreeze and also windshield washer solvent (good to -50) and have poured a gallon into each tank using the toilet and the bath sink. Depending on how much fluid is in your tanks it should prevent a solid freeze up. It may slush up but most likely won't freeze. I have used the same technique when traveling dry thru the north on our way to warmer climates for flushing the toilet. I have never had any issues.
Our lines though were blown out and treated with rv anti freeze.
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Where does one get that US map with the ability to color the states you've visited?
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