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Graycat

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Posted: 11/01/17 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DianneOK wrote:

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Connect the female end of the heated hose to the dog house faucet. After you verify that there are no leaks in the connections, wrap the tail of the heater tape around the hose and the faucet and cover with insulation. Plug the heater tape into the GFCI protected duplex outlet in the electrical connection panel.



Great post and my thanks to DianneOK. I just have one question (at the moment) and that is what is the dog house faucet?


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It is the permanent faucet at the site


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Dianne, that is a great post and so very detailed. I'm sure it has and will continue to help so many people with questions.

We are now on our 3rd winter, living full time in our Carriage Compass Fifth Wheel.

Many trials and errors and felt that we finally got all our ducks lined up. 2 Winters in Osoyoos and now we are in the mountains of southern British Columbia along the Boundary Country. Minus 23 one morning (celsius).

All our neighbours had frozen pipes, hoses, water lines, etc. We were feeling pretty great about ours not freezing......BUT...when we went to pull the gate valve on the grey tank..it would not budge! First time in 3 years. So we put a small heater under the skirting on 900 watts. After about 3 hours, the temp rose enough to pull the valve. Same thing happened the next day, only with the black tank. So, confused about this. After 2 winters without it happening, and then boom, it did.

But at least we have a method to take care of it.

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Thank you for the information. Interesting that it happened to both valves. Could there be an air seepage near the valve?

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Hi there, My thought was that it's a bit more humid here than Osoyoos the past 2 winters and that there is condensation under the rig behind the skirting. But hubby says no to this one.

DianneOK wrote:

Thank you for the information. Interesting that it happened to both valves. Could there be an air seepage near the valve?

If you have any thoughts to add, please feel free to do so.


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Thanks for a great post. Winter Rv use is not that easy. Plenty of people live in them around mining towns. there is a lot of trial and error involved in really cold country like ski towns.

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It certainly is a learning curve and just when you think you have got it all under control, poof! Something happens that is new again.

ppine wrote:

Thanks for a great post. Winter Rv use is not that easy. Plenty of people live in them around mining towns. there is a lot of trial and error involved in really cold country like ski towns.


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Winter? What's that? I'm from California. We go to the snow when we want to. Living in it in the snow? Eff to the NO!!! Southwestern Arizona is there for a reason. [emoticon] Or SLAB CITY!!!

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It is a little tiny "house" over the water bib to keep it from freezing.


Graycat wrote:

Great post and my thanks to DianneOK. I just have one question (at the moment) and that is what is the dog house faucet?



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Winter camping for me will be done here...I'm a candyass citizen of the California Republic. Cold and I are not friends.

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