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JoshuaH

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Posted: 11/06/19 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks everyone.

I'm not planning on doing anything in really cold weather. Maybe mid 20s at night, and above freezing during the day.

We were planning on doing a trip this weekend into next week, but we are forcasted one of the days to have a hi for 31 and a low of 17, just a bit too cold for the whole family.

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Must be a low point drain somewhere however when all else fails turn a tap on & pump it out then dump holding tank.


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Seriously, you never drain the fresh water tank. I assure you there is a lever or valve somewhere to drain it. It would be dangerous to leave water in the tank indefinitely I would think; bacteria, etc. eventually. I drain mine after any use unless I'm going back out within a week or so. Re check the manual. Am I missing something?
If a water tank is full, it would take a long long time of really cold weather to freeze it but not the case with water in the lines.


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We bought a former rental class C in 2008. Our first trip was early in the spring when we headed south toward Jasper. Of course it snowed and got cold so we could learn by experience. Highway 40 got tough due to quite a bit of snow so we stopped at a rest stop/campsite high in the foothills for the night.
We enjoyed our nice warm camper, really comfortable compared to popup tent trailers. I remember it was -10 C, 15F and the plastic drain tap on the freshwater tank froze up so I couldn’t turn it. I put a warm mitt over it and the tap turned easily in the morning. No other signs of freezing.

It was lucky that happened so we learned that we were okay down to -10. I carried a jug of RV antifreeze on trips that might be colder.


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