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Old 10-02-2017, 04:38 PM   #1
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Freezing Temps

It looks like it's likely to get below freezing here in Sundance Wyoming tonight. I've turned on the heat pads on my 5.0 ta but wondering if I should disconnect the external water source? Any benefit to that? Thanks in advance. Wild Thing

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Old 10-02-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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As long as it gets no more than a few degrees before freezing, and then warms up good during the day, things seem be fine.

However, if daytime temps tension at or below freezing things will start to freeze.
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I assume you are hooked up to electric, otherwise those pads will drain your batteries. They are thermostatically controlled, on at 35 and off at 45 I think, but do draw a lot. I found as long as my furnace was on, the tank heaters were superfluous. That said, you may want to fill up your on board fresh tank and disconnect the external hose. Another option is a 120v heated supply hose, but they are $$.
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Heated hoses definitely work, I've got one. But if the campground water supply is not freeze proofed, you still won't have water. Found out the hard way a couple of times last winter. Water in the hose still liquid, campground supply frozen solid. Filling the on board freshwater tank is the better option, since you have the tank heaters.
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It takes mere moments to disconnect your water hose. Ask my friend's Mike and Nancy how long it took for their water hose to unthaw after an overnight freeze. I'd disconnect and either use jug water or the water tank.
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Thanks so much everyone. I do have electric hook up and will top off the fresh water tank and disconnect the hose. I'm firmly in the "better safe than sorry" camp. I've already had enough excitement this trip!

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Thanks so much everyone. I do have electric hook up and will top off the fresh water tank and disconnect the hose. I'm firmly in the "better safe than sorry" camp. I've already had enough excitement this trip!

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It takes mere moments to disconnect your water hose. Ask my friend's Mike and Nancy how long it took for their water hose to unthaw after an overnight freeze. I'd disconnect and either use jug water or the water tank.
My first "Learning Experience" dealing with a frozen water hose wasn't just rolling up a crackling hose, but being unable to shut off the faucet. I had no idea what to do - leaving the campground with it still open would have resulted in a "gusher" when it thawed. The problem was solved as I walked in front of it - it thawed & gushed all over me! Ice water bath at 20°F!
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You could avoid the water hose problems by filling your fresh water tank and using it instead of being hooked up to campground water. I started doing this two years ago after an unpleasant incident in which I forgot to use my water pressure restrictor when hooking up to city water. Since then I've noticed other RV'ers doing the same thing, probably because of a similar incident.
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My first "Learning Experience" dealing with a frozen water hose wasn't just rolling up a crackling hose, but being unable to shut off the faucet. I had no idea what to do - leaving the campground with it still open would have resulted in a "gusher" when it thawed. The problem was solved as I walked in front of it - it thawed & gushed all over me! Ice water bath at 20°F!
A tea kettle of water on the stove, heated to near boiling, then poured slowly over a frozen valve will do the trick. When the valve starts to flow, youi'll know what to do! Don't get yourself wet during the pour, or the shut down!
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