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Old 12-13-2016, 08:00 PM   #1
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We plan to winter camp. We have a 17B, no insulation or heating pads. We don't use the black water tank -- it's empty. The gray water tank will be drained daily. Night temperatures to 26 F, but day temps in the upper 30's to low 40's. Our 17B will be kept warm inside. Is there anything to worry about with respect to the cold (26 F) nighttime temps? Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:03 PM   #2
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We plan to winter camp. We have a 17B, no insulation or heating pads. We don't use the black water tank -- it's empty. The gray water tank will be drained daily. Night temperatures to 26 F, but day temps in the upper 30's to low 40's. Our 17B will be kept warm inside. Is there anything to worry about with respect to the cold (26 F) nighttime temps? Thanks.
I'd detach your hose from the water inlet, turn on the faucet to partially drain the line, and hold the toilet flush down to partially drain that too. Other than that, your biggest issue will probably be condensation. Use your Maxx Fan set on low exhaust, and crack a window. You'll do fine.
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You might want to open cabinets with water lines at night and bathroom.
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You say you would drain grey water daily. I don't understand why you would be using fresh or city water at all at those temps. What's most at risk are water pipes/hoses, any small volume area where water can be trapped and as ice can expand.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:19 PM   #5
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You say you would drain grey water daily. I don't understand why you would be using fresh or city water at all at those temps. What's most at risk are water pipes/hoses, any small volume area where water can be trapped and as ice can expand.
So, I have water in the trailer's fresh water holding tank. I'm not going to add additional water to the trailer during this short camping trip. But Gbaglo, are you saying this type of camping puts me at risk in terms of a frozen water line? Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:33 PM   #6
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I'd detach your hose from the water inlet, turn on the faucet to partially drain the line, and hold the toilet flush down to partially drain that too. Other than that, your biggest issue will probably be condensation. Use your Maxx Fan set on low exhaust, and crack a window. You'll do fine.
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I don't know how long it takes and at what temperature you are at risk. I also don't have that much faith in the weather forecast to take a risk.
For a short trip, I'd winterize the trailer and use bottled water. I'm guessing you are going to be at a site with washrooms and hopefully somewhere to wash dishes or dump grey water.
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I've camped on Whidbey Island for two winters now at the temperatures you mention. Although I have an insulated trailer and no waste water tanks, I've had no issues whatsoever with my fresh water feed (which is from the tank, not a serviced site). Condensation? Just keep a window cracked and the fan on low at night.
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Right now, I'm thinking about pipes bursting here at home, never mind camping.
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We dry camp when it gets below freezing for more then the odd night and don't use water in the trailer at all. You do have to find somewhere that has open bathrooms. Chances are you'll be fine doing as you say, along with disconnecting the water hose.
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