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Old 09-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #1
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Staying in Work & Play during winter months

Need some help here guys & gals. Just got new job, but I have to move my trailer to a RV park closer to work and will live in it for a good while. The problem I have is it is a Work & Play 30WLA bumper pull with all tanks exposed on the bottom side. The park that I will be staying at has full hook-up so I'm not worried about having grey and black water stored in the tanks. My question is what can I do to try to eliminate freezing up the holding tanks and the outlet line?

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Old 09-01-2016, 09:39 PM   #2
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There is Lots of "Winter Time Info" on here just do a Search at the Top! Prepare to spend lots of $$$ and there will still be NO Guarantee you will be able to LIVE in your unit! I am talking about COLD not just Ga,Tenn,Ky,or North Fla! Youroo!!

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Old 09-01-2016, 09:50 PM   #3
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The area that I will be at will be western OK. It does get cold out there. Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:59 PM   #4
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The area that I will be at will be western OK. It does get cold out there. Thanks for the info.
You know the saying " Your happiness in life depends on how well you adjust to plan B."

First off, you can't treat the black tank like a home toilet. In other words you just can't leave the black tank open as the waste will not drain. You need the black tank to fill with more water than waste and you know that is going to freeze... I think you might want to consider planB.
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Old 09-01-2016, 10:22 PM   #5
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Plan B would be? Buy a trailer with the artic package or upgrade the trailer with heating pads. I'm not have much luck on how to.
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:36 AM   #6
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Heating pads. Can't vouch for how well they work. Add skirting around the trailer will also help.

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Old 09-02-2016, 12:25 PM   #7
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So I just sold my 30WLA to a buddy and upgraded to a 5th wheel, but I had a few cold weather trips in the WnP and I can tell you that you probably aren't going to be happy. I had the tank pads in mine and the good news is that even down to 11 degrees they kept the tanks warm enough not to freeze. I also had the underside spray foamed so I never had problems with any freezing as long as the pads were on (downside is the spray foam eliminates easy access to anything on the underside). So, that is the good news. The bad news is that the WnP models like that are not designed for cold weather. The FRP panels have almost no insulation rating at all. So, be prepared to buy some good heaters and plan on keeping them running all the time. For boondocking though, which is what we do most times, it just wasn't workable with that trailer. My buddy loves it but he isn't planning on using it in cold weather.
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:31 PM   #8
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As Keystone said add skirting around the whole trailer then install house baseboard heaters as close as you can to all water sources and tanks.
Expensive but cheaper than buying a new trailer & only turn them on when
the weather reports going below freezing.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:24 PM   #9
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I had a 99 Montana 295RL and worked in Bloomington IL for 2 1/2 years. It got very cold there but I had very few problems. Every winter I put a plywood skirt around it and used styrofoam insulation board, tape and spray foam to seal it up, had the gas company put in a Pig and ran the heat off of that (instead of the 30 gal tanks) and they kept it filled for me. I flew home to Atlanta every weekend and left the heat on 55 when not there. I also used ceramic heaters when I was there but still ran the central heat - at 30 below you needed all of 'em. The wind was the only problem, if the air can get under the unit to the water lines, they will freeze so I dropped the underbelly and put insulation around the water lines. In most cases I was able to put the cold and hot line in the same insulation cover up to the separation - just want to keep the wind from getting to them. Granted it was a challenge but I enjoyed it. Plus the CG was not too crowded in the winter.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:13 PM   #10
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You will not be happy. We camp quite a bit here in FL doing the "winter" when the night time temps will drop into the 40's sometimes. We run the heat all night long and it barely keeps up. The walls are cold, the floor is very cold. I think you'd have to spend quite a bit in insulation/heat mods to make it work comfortably.

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