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Old 11-16-2015, 01:51 PM   #1
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Holding tanks in cold weater camping

Just picked up my new 23IKSS last weekend and wanted to get it out one time before going into storage and have a trip planned a few days before Thanksgiving. Daytime will be in the 40's and nighttime temps in the mid to upper 20's.

I will not be using city water and using the on board thank. I am thinking that the holding tanks should be OK if not totally full. The underside is not enclosed and no tank heaters. Let me know if I will be good.

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I think you will be ok with the tanks unless the 20s are the majority of the day. Any way you could use showerhouse and restrooms instead of your plumbing? Just don't let the water filter freeze. If the housing freezes , it could split leading to wet feet .
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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We have winterized ours, but have a trip thanksgiving weekend, will carry water jugs, using the bathroom as needed, and flush the tanks and refill the traps with AF when finished
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Just picked up my new 23IKSS last weekend and wanted to get it out one time before going into storage and have a trip planned a few days before Thanksgiving. Daytime will be in the 40's and nighttime temps in the mid to upper 20's.

I will not be using city water and using the on board thank. I am thinking that the holding tanks should be OK if not totally full. The underside is not enclosed and no tank heaters. Let me know if I will be good.

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You should be okay more then likely it will drop below 32 for 6 hrs or so. As long as the temp gets above 32 during the day. Leave a bucket outside with water in it and check in the morning should give you an idea... I think it's Acc weather that will give you the hour by hour temps for the day.
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I also had a crazy idea last night. Costco sells hand warmers in bulk that I could tape to the freshwater tank the first night. The weather will be warmer the next couple of days and there will be less water in the tank. If I use a bunch of these before I go to bed, I would think the tank would stay warm enough. I can also add some antifreeze to the black and gray tanks to be safe.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:03 AM   #6
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I also had a crazy idea last night. Costco sells hand warmers in bulk that I could tape to the freshwater tank the first night. The weather will be warmer the next couple of days and there will be less water in the tank. If I use a bunch of these before I go to bed, I would think the tank would stay warm enough. I can also add some antifreeze to the black and gray tanks to be safe.
You might be better to just wrap it with a sleeping bag...
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You might be better to just wrap it with a sleeping bag...
Then I would have to sleep with only a sheet! Let the tank freeze.
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Then I would have to sleep with only a sheet! Let the tank freeze.
Or just did a snow cave.....
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A cup of rock salt washed down the drain works well. We have camped in 0 degree weather and they have never frozen.
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Use mine in freezing weather a lot. Dump a jug of anti freeze down the drains and the toilet. If anything at worst the may get a bit slushy but wont freeze solid. Tank heaters are ok but the water in the drain plumbing (before the slide valve ) can freeze solid. Had it happen before I went to anti freeze in the tanks. Happy Snowmobiling !!!!
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