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Old 09-22-2018, 07:29 AM   #1
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I will be camping in night temps of low 30ís to high 20ís. I have heated underbelly w tank heaters. Any pointers to prevent water line freeze ups?
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:37 AM   #2
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Need more information- are you on sewer hook ups?
IF YES- then you can open dump valve and leave a tiny trickle running at a faucet.

IF you are not on sewer but are on city water- me-I'd put some water in my tank and disconnect and drain the city water hose at night. Having said that we got up one morning in Tucson and the outside temp was showing 28. My hose did not freeze but I think I was lucky!
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Arenít 110 volt heated water lines relatively inexpensive?

For short periods most water tanks have heating pads. Thus draining the water line is easy.
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Thanks. Think i ll fill fresh water tank and leave heat and tank heaters on since we will have electricity.
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loose the water hose and run of your fresh tank. if you have a 5th wheel put a small electric space heater in the basement.
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Sounds good
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Aren’t 110 volt heated water lines relatively inexpensive?
If ruining a $100 bill is inexpensive in your world



I'm getting ready to do a Fall Trip that will take me through early morning freezing temps, possibly sudden cold while driving.

I have installed some "Pool Noodle" type insulation over the low point drain pipes. A short length held in place with a zip tie above the cap and a piece of foam stuffed in the end. Will also be wrapping some rubber foam pipe insulation tape with aluminum backing on the exposed black and gray water pipes, between edge of heating pad and valve. Tape itself is R-2 but I will double-layer it. 15'x2" Roll of tape was inexpensive at Home Depot. Less than $5. I figure that with the heating pad on the pipe and tank, only the short length of exposed pipe will not freeze with the insulation.

Rather than a $100 heated hose I'll run off the tank and just fill it when it gets low. Will be spending a week in Northern NM at 8,000 feet. All the campground water "faucets" are freeze proof hydrants so filling will be easy even if temp stays below freezing. This approach served me well in a Colorado winter where one AM the window thermometer showed -15 degrees. A good reason to always keep the tank filled if camping during cold weather. Nice to be able to flush the toilet, take a shower, and wash dishes even though it's freezing outside. And then there are campgrounds that DON'T have frost/freeze proof hydrants and just shut off the water when it gets cold. (Butte, MT KOA).

First half the trip will see freezing or near freezing temps. The return leg will, if temps stay close to what they are now, will be 80-100 degrees. Talk about contrasts.

BTW, here's a nice site to get both current and future forecasts for the highways you will be driving:

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us.../long-term/i-5

Select the highway and look at the forecast for the major reporting stations along it.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #8
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THANKS! We are doing the same trip. Appreciate the advice
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HI , I'm thinking about doing a hunting / fishing trip to the mountains over the long Thanksgiving weekend + a few days. I'm used to doing this in a tent ,then a popup, now in a ROO 19. My question is, if they turn the water off during freezing temps, do they not also turn the water off at the dump station? If so, how do you dump / rinse the black tanks??
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HI , I'm thinking about doing a hunting / fishing trip to the mountains over the long Thanksgiving weekend + a few days. I'm used to doing this in a tent ,then a popup, now in a ROO 19. My question is, if they turn the water off during freezing temps, do they not also turn the water off at the dump station? If so, how do you dump / rinse the black tanks??
The water will be off at the Dump stations, maybe! Have a bucket and hope you are near the lake! Youroo! !
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