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Posted: 01/30/19 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2019 TT. Here in Missouri we've had -7 degree temps. I have taken all needed precautions to prevent freezing as I'm a full-timer. I have all accessible cabinet doors open and the furnace is cranked. I know it's frozen on the inside run. Any suggestions that I haven't covered? Also, is the newer plastic water piping less apt to crack? Thanks for any input, David


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Posted: 01/30/19 05:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PEX is less apt to be damaged.
Is there a furnace vent in the wet compartment? Make sure it is on.


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Posted: 01/30/19 05:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your water is all frozen, I mean both hot and cold to all faucets and if you have a compartment that houses all of your connections I would guess that your frozen spot would be right behind that door. If you think about it your plumbing is only 1/2 inch of styrofoam away from -7 degrees.
I know these RV folks say they build a four season unit but most of them recommend you not use it in below freezing conditions.
That being said , if you can determine where it is frozen you can take steps to prevent future problems.
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Posted: 01/30/19 06:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

you gotta get some hot air moving.

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Posted: 01/30/19 08:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

or wait another day or so. A heat wave is coming!


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If your water is frozen then you might have some cracked pipes too. I had an old camper and the pipes froze one Winter. When they thawed I had water pouring all over. Be careful. It was a MH with a basement, 1988. I had a bulb in the basement to keep it warm and it worked to keep things from freezing until one night when the bulb went out. On the newer RVs they have the Furnace ducting from propane to keep the basement warm and pipes from freezing. I also keep cabinets open. On the outside, use heat tape and foam insulation. So far my 2012 5er has had no issues.

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Replace the return air grill on the furnace with twin window fans. That keeps some warm cabin air circulating at all times.

As for unthawing, a radiant heater may be the best--the type with tubes which glow cherry red, with a reflector. They heat the object they are pointed at, rather than heating the air.


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Use a fan.


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Posted: 01/31/19 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes the pex pipe is not as apt to be damaged but any of the fittings exposed to the cold could be cracked. Shut the water off for now, and when the temps come back up plan on fixing some cracked parts.


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I recommend adding tank heaters and a circulating pump if you could be caught in a similar situation in the future. Probably a pipe is in an inaccessible area. To really thaw out you need to get into a heated shop overnight. Most of these trailers are just not built to go much below 20F and even fewer (none?)to keep going below zero.

Keep the pump off and disconnected from water while it thaws out. You don't want to have any extra water damage if a break unfreezes.


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