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Old 12-14-2017, 08:22 AM   #1
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It's below freezing should I cancel our trip?

We were suppose to leave for a 3 day camping trip, but the night time temps are in the very low 30's and that is not including any wind chill factors. We have a new 2017 with the insulated windows and the heater, but not the underside spray foam.

We are worried our pipes would freeze!!!! so considering cancelling our trip. What have others experienced camping in below freezing weather?

Nancy
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:34 AM   #2
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We were suppose to leave for a 3 day camping trip, but the night time temps are in the very low 30's and that is not including any wind chill factors. We have a new 2017 with the insulated windows and the heater, but not the underside spray foam.

We are worried our pipes would freeze!!!! so considering cancelling our trip. What have others experienced camping in below freezing weather?

Nancy
If there is no water in your plumbing system then there is nothing to freeze. We have camped at -17 below zero F and the worst consequence was that our feet got cold.
We camp in early May and October and it often dips below freezing and have never cancelled a trip or taken any special precautions.
Another benefit is that you don't have to make ice runs to keep the beer cold.
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I have camped many times where nighttime temps dipped below freezing a bit, without any underside insulation, and have never had a problem. This is with using the tanks as normal too. As long as it warms up a bit during the day, all is good.
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:05 AM   #4
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Though we are still Casita owners, we have camped and boondocked many nights when the temperatures were in the low twenties, or maybe lower. This was with water in the tank and lines, and water heater operating. I'm sure that as long as the daytime temperatures stay above freezing you won't have a problem.
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Same experiences as Jim mentions above, no problems as long as it warms up some during the day.
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I've done it several times, just make sure everything heats up correctly and you should be ok!
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Wind chill has no impact on freezing water, that is just a way to compare what our bare skin feels when exposed. As long as it does not stay below 32 you should be fine. You will have heat on inside and the pipes should be fine.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:03 AM   #9
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We camped for 6 days recently with the temperatures dropping just below freezing each night. Probably overkill but we did not hook up the water and just used bottled water instead. Also in November we camped for two nights in Vancouver in below freezing temps at night and did use the waterline. No problems but blew out the lines when we got home.
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We've done it many times. If you're really worried, use RV antifreeze to "flush" the toilet, and put some in the P-traps before bed. Having some of it in the tanks will also help keep them and the valves from freezing up. Then there's the dreaded "WAG bags"...God forbid...

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Between limiting the water going down your plumbing, and using some RV antifreeze (non-toxic pink stuff), we've never had an issue.
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