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JoshuaH

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Posted: 04/10/20 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

spoon059 wrote:

30 degrees for a couple hours isn't enough to damage anything. I'd put water in the tank though, because that large mass of water will take substantially longer to freeze. I would use an electric heater rather than propane... the propane costs will quickly start to add up, but a 1500 watt heater will do fine heating that small of a camper. Heck, you could even put the heater on a timer that comes on an hour before she comes home to save from heating the camper all night.

Tell her to stay safe!


Actually this is exactly what I've done with a heater and timer, I just didn't want to give a bunch of extra un-needed info on the thread. I set it to come on at 5am this morning to be safe.

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JoshuaH wrote:

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input, I figured I would be OK, but we are on the edge of town, a bit of a rural area, sometimes the temp drops a few degrees below the forecast so I just want to be safe. I do have second propane tank to exchange when it gets low and I'm keeping a close eye on it.


You still won’t have issues with freeze up based on this, not even close. Did you test some water out last night? Did it freeze?

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If the drain is connected, leave the hose connected, leave the cold water trickling in a sink, and the gray water drain open letting the water trickle until morning.


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You should be fine if it's not combined with howling winds.

Got caught like this in Feb while camping on a warm weekend. Unexpectedly dropped to upper 20's and slight wind in the forecast. Grabbed a few of the thickest, fluffiest towels we had and wrapped the low point tubes and and fresh water drain tap & secured with bungee cords. Disconnected fresh water hose.

Checked in the AM, both low points were barely cold to the touch but the fresh water hose we'd left beside the trailer was frozen solid. May have gotten lucky, actually. Next time will just pop the caps off the low points and let them drain. A mere 5 minutes to prevent a crack is worth it.

And yes, most new trailers should have pex rated to 100psi. The fittings and valves, however...that's probably our weak points.


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I live in Michigan, and my experience is that 30 degrees at night is nothing to worry about.


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We camped in water in Yosemite with temperature going down to 25 degrees. We have had no problem.

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To reassure yourself, fill an ice cube tray, and find a thermometer, and put them in the freezer of the RV.
While it will be below freezing, it won't be as cold as your house fridge. Check how long it takes to make cubes! You'll be surprised at the time it takes. And the warmer it is outside above that temp, even longer.


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^Thats too practical. I suggested that but the OP is setting a heater for peace of mind...

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All has been well so far, no problems.

It was quite windy last night, the forecast said low of 31, but still no problems.

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Phew! I wuz worried...
Ever put out that cup of water?

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