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Old 02-20-2020, 09:19 PM   #1
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28 degree weather - Brrrrr!

Going out this weekend and the low is going to be 28 deg. First time camping when below freezing. Is there anything I need to do special for the water line / hose coming in from the outside? Will it freeze?

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Old 02-20-2020, 09:38 PM   #2
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You can always shut off and disconnect your incoming line or leave a faucet dripping, There is Also those heated hoses that wouldn't hurt,Depending on how long it stays that cold may not even be a issue.
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Old 02-20-2020, 09:45 PM   #3
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Get some of those pipe insulation noodles from Home Depot and wrap your hose. The heated hoses are available but are $100

If it gets any lower than that, fill your fresh water tank half full and use water pump. The heat from your unit will keep it from freezing. We have camped in 20 degrees like that. Maybe keep the cabinet door open closest to water pump also.

Oh and if you have power, I recommend brining a electric space heater and run a separate cord to power pedestal. It will save you a ton of propane.
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:01 AM   #4
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it's been a low of 28 the last 3 nites at my house. 50's by day. nothing froze and thats with no heat in tt.

if 28 degrees is the high for the day thats different. daytime warmup will take a long while to cool off and by the time freezing is an issue the temps will start back up. Take hose off, drain, and store. if you leave it out it will be impossible to coil until it thaws.
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We are wintering in North Carolina near the coast. We have had a half dozen nights in the 30's and the next couple are projected to be in the upper 20's. We have a heated water hose, but I leave the grey tank open and run a trickle of cold water running on the colder nights. I turn on the tank heaters. I use the electric space heater during the day, but rely exclusively on the propane forced air at night. We also have an electric blanket. So far no issues. When the wind is blowing the cold air finds its way into every place it can, but we have remained comfortable with the thermostat set at about 68. Hope this helps. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 02-21-2020, 02:57 PM   #6
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Ditch the hose at night during the lowest temps and put water in fresh tank.
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A low of 28°F? You might have to abandon the shorts and put some pants on! LOL
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A lot of reviews on the heated hoses show a fairly high failure rate for a $100 hose.
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I have seen people use pool noodles, just split them and put on the hose.
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I have seen people use pool noodles, just split them and put on the hose.
"Pool Noodles" alone will not prevent freezing. They merely slow the loss if heat from the hose. Since the hose is small the amount of water it contains doesn't have much heat to begin with so it may make a difference for an hour or two.

Best approach for freezing nights with warm days is to just fill the tank and store the hose.

Only reason I'd bother with a heated hose (I made my own when I wintered in my trailer at sub zero temps) is if I had a habit of showering in the middle of the night.

BTW, why bother with Pool Noodles when pipe insulation is cheap and sold at Home Depot. Already split and has adhesive to join the split edges after placed around pipe/hose.

I will admit that pool noodles do come in fancy colors and pipe insulation is only in boring "black". If you want you could just think of the black insulation as "Tactical Pool Noodles"
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Learned the hard way, no damage luckily. Next time I'll disconnect hose and fill fresh water 3/4 full and leave gray valve open because dump valve also froze. DW's hair dryer came in handy. Temps mid 20's over night.
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