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shannon62

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Posted: 10/28/20 07:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, was wondering when full timing in a class a motor home & need to visit some one in the middle of winter how long or what is the temp. at when everything freezes? Do we need to get our motor home winterized for this purpose?
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Depends on lots of things. If you're going for a few days leave the heat on (disconnect the water). If it hovers around freezing the coach will gather heat during the day to keep it from freezing up, but do you want to chance that? If it gets down to like 28 then you had better have winterized!


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Posted: 10/28/20 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

32 degrees F. It all depends on how long the RV will remain at the temperature. 28 degrees overnight should be OK. 26 degrees overnight I'd start to worry. That my $.03.


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There is a lot of latent heat in the water in the tank and lines. As a general rule you don't need to worry about lines freezing up unless you're facing a "hard freeze" which is defined by the temps dropping into the upper 20's (or below) for more than 2 to 3 hours. I've camped in the winter in my RVs and never had a problem following this rule.

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Posted: 10/28/20 08:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any weather prediction of a low of 30F causes me to take safeguards. I don’t want the hassle or expense of repairs.


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Posted: 10/28/20 09:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seriously?

You have to worry about pipes freezing if you have the heat on and the temps drop into the mid-to-upper 20's?

I'm sure I've read on this forum where people have camped in single digit temps successfully.


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If camped in freezing cold weather, it's a good idea to fill the fresh water tank as it acts as a 'heat sink' for the basement.

I've camped when the lows were in the teens in New Mexico. Of course I have basement heat so all was toasty.

Before I was able to secure indoor storage in TN, I had to put the coach in a RV park in February of 2015. It was a cold one too! I used the diesel-fired Espar furnace for 30 days and it used 100 gallons of fuel. I'm glad that I have a 230 gallon fuel tank!

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CarnationSailor wrote:

Seriously?

You have to worry about pipes freezing if you have the heat on and the temps drop into the mid-to-upper 20's?

I'm sure I've read on this forum where people have camped in single digit temps successfully.


Not all RVs put water pipes or tanks inside the heated space. Where they're located does make a BIG difference.

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Most any RV is fine down to 25 overnight while in use. Your Class A I would hope could go a bit lower. Unless the manufacturer gives a specific rating you will need to just go and find out. If you do have a minor freeze up you will need to add heat where needed, head for warmer climate, or find a heated service bay to winterize or add freeze protection.


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“Seriously?“ Yes, seriously. Tooooo expensive to repair. Ruins a trip.

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