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I've been using my RV for the past month or so in Minnesota because the weather has been very nice. Tonight, however the temperature is predicted to drop into the high 20's with temps then raising during the day to the upper 40's to low 50's. I'm trying to decide if I need to winterize everything to get through this one (maybe two) nights. There are probably many people in this area with the same problem. Any thoughts on whether it is too big of a freezing risk to skip winterizing in this situation or should we bit the bullet and winterize (again)?

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Are your tanks enclosed or exposed to the outside?

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Put enough water in the holding tank to make it thru the night.
Unhook and drain the water hose.
Keep the heat on, make sure you don't just heat with electric heaters when it is below freezing, use the furnace also


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if it gets into the teens,run your furnace to warm up your floor where the water lines are and turn water heater on. if it warms up durning the day you`ll be just fine


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20 degrees for a single night probably won't do anything to the holding tanks. If you are going to be in the RV, with heat, I wouldn't worry at all.
If you are going to have it parked alongside the house (and can plug, or run an extension cord) I'd put a space heater inside, and open the cabinets where the water lines run.

Even if you just leave it for the night, you will probably be fine, but as they say, why chance it?

Blowing out the lines and some A/F in the traps is a good idea, and won't cost you much more than a few minutes and some A/F. It will also be very easy to "de-winterize" next weekend.....just turn on the water pump!


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Hi,

I'd not do a complete winterization. I would blow the lines, and I'd put antifreeze in the traps.

The other solution would be to leave the furnace *on* for the two nights, at the lowest possible setting.


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True,

Knowing what the RV is could be a help. If it an A or 5er with the water system in the basement, you may have an harder time of it, but it is easier to drain.

Keeping some heat on is an easy answer. That is what I do. Be sure you leave doors open so heat can get water lines are. We actually use the coach in freezing temperatures all the time, but I am careful to keep important things warm.

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Run the furnace and WH.

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I decided to drain the tanks and turn on the furnace at the lowest temp. The reason this was a little bit of a hassle for me is that the RV was located 140 miles away from me and I had to drive there and bring the RV back in order to do that. Lesson learned about parking the RV in a convenient, but distant location. Thanks for all the advice. BTW, the RV is a B+ which I should have mentioned in the original post.

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60 watt light in the water bay.keep heat on and you will be ok for a short cold
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