Originally Posted by Tom48
Okay, so what are you guys do about heating your basement when you run an electric fan? What about your plumbing lines, your tanks, and your water pump? With most of those units doesn't the undercarriage warmth depend on warm air being circulated through your forced air heating?
Just asking because it is not a current issue for us but our next unit will have to have "four season/three season" accomodations.
We camped a year or so ago next to a brand new Tiffen that had to have most of its valves and pumps repaired or replaced because he sat through the freak January freeze in Alabama "saving battery and propane" by running a space heater. Just saying when you guys talk about space heaters aren't you forgetting the plumbing?
A lot depends on your trailer what you will have to do. I am going to put a booster fan on a thermostat under the kitchen sink cabinet and leave that door open an inch or so.
Suncourt Corded 4 in. In-Line Duct Fan-DB204-CRD - The Home Depot
Suncourt Ductstat Plug-In Thermostat Temperature Sensitive Switch-DS100 - The Home Depot
My biggest problem is that much of my plumbing and water pump is in the storage area, not the underbelly or in a cabinet like some are. I have a paneling wall ( just a piece of paneling) separating this plumbing area from the main storage area. The only heat there comes from a piece of 4" flex duct. Not much.
I am going to insulate the paneling that is there. I am going to then install a small thermostat controlled heater I that area. Also adding shut off valves on the outside shower so I can drain those lines. Also going to wrap the pipes with insulation. This should be enough to keep my plumbing from freezing.
I am planning on going out in 20 degree low temperatures. It might get a little lower but with what I am doing I think I will be alright. It gets much colder than that and it will be time to winterize the trailer and stay home where I know its warm, LOL!
Not sure what I am going to do to the water hose though. I am hoping that a heat tape on it will keep the water flowing. I am hoping the CG I go to are supplying water when it gets cold. If not will have to fill the FW tank.
There are ways to protect your plumbing if you take the time to look at it.