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Kentuckyblueyes

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Posted: 12/14/09 10:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It has been so cold here!!! Been down to at least 10 degrees. That is not normal weather for here! Our pipes keep freezing where it's hooked up too. Thank the Lord it has not burst yet! No matter how much we wrap they still freeze!!! What can I do. Been having to heat water up on stove for dishes etc. Thanks for any advice! God bless!!!!!

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Try leaving the water faucet drip one on cold side and one on hot side in both kitchen and bathroom. That should keep them from freezing up. Have done that here more than once in a real cold winter


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Use the water tank and keep the furnace on and don't run out of propane!

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Posted: 12/14/09 10:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wrap is not enough. You need some heat tape.


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When the temps are cold enough to freeze, it is time to fill the water tank and disconnect the water hose from the rv and from the water source, drain all the water from the hose. On your sewer hose, close the gray tank off and make sure there is no water left in the sewer hose, it will freeze and may break the hose.


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If you choose to let the water drip, remember it has to have some place to go and by the time it gets part way down the sewer hose it will probably freeze on you and then the bigger problems begin.


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Posted: 12/15/09 12:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

heat tape,

if you are set up semi-perminit, you can also skirt the sides, from the trl to the ground. I have used 1/2" ply and 2" solid foam insulation. Then put a heater under the trl.

but you will need to heat tape the hose and all exposed pipe.


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Get into warmer climate!!


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smkettner wrote:

Wrap is not enough. You need some heat tape.

Correct. YOu can put the warmest coat you have on a snowman and it doesn't make it any warmer. The main problem of using a summer time RV in cold weather is the open belly that exposes the water pipes to the cold. Won't be of much help THIS year but after you take some of the excellent suggestions to get you by temporarily you'll need to enclose the belly of the RV and insulate the plumbing. Adding a heat duct that dumps into the now enclosed belly is ONE way of heating the plumbing but installing electric tank heaters is even better because you could then still use electric space heaters for cabin heat. Adding 12 volt heaters ALSO makes it possible to actually TRAVEL in very cold weather without freeze ups.
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Its been to 10F here in Oklahoma, I second heat tape AKA "wate pipe heat cable".

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xhm/R-100196820/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Tape the heat cable along any exposed hose and/or pipes you dont want to freeze, then wrap them in some type of foam insulation, then wrap with some duct tape or something to help keep the rain out.

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