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Posted: 12/26/20 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This thread is full of erroneous advice. Lots of it from people in warm weather climates that really don't understand the scenario. Or have not regularly experienced cold weather.
If the CG wants you to let their faucets drip. Then let them drip otherwise their hose bibs may freeze and break, which will eventually cause campers grief.
Disconnect from the CG hose bib and use water from the RV fresh tank. Be sure to store RV hose inside where it won't freeze vs. leaving it outside to freeze.


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Assuming you are on a sewer site, drain the waste tanks and leave them open for the night. Unless you use a lot of water, no real concerns with an ice dam (I'm assuming a short term over night cold snap followed by above freezing daytime temps. For long term freezing weather, ice dams are a concern.)

A far as the freshwater side, just disconnect and work off the pump. Do use the furnace rather than a space heater, as most are set up to dump a little heat into the underbelly slowing or stopping freezing of the tanks.

As far as the spigot, do what they asked...if it fails, it's the campgrounds problem if you did what they recommended.


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Hint disconnecting the hose and letting it lay on the ground will still freeze the hose I bring mine in an put it in the shower


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I can imagine the icy watery mess the next day if everyone drips the CG spigots. I'd make sure you have plenty of water on board in case there's problems with the system. Also disconnect your sewer hose and drain it. In cold weather I'd be using my tank and pump exclusively.

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Posted: 12/26/20 10:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use my fresh water tank/pump exclusively Hot/Warm/Cold Temps
Fill tank...stow hose
Repeat as needed

Same with sewer hose
Connect ---dump...stow
Repeat as needed


NO Hoses laying about...connected or disconnected.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

NO Hoses laying about...connected or disconnected.
My strategy also. When I actually am in an RV park I dump, close everything and disconnect.

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Lantley wrote:

If the CG wants you to let their faucets drip. Then let them drip otherwise their hose bibs may freeze and break, which will eventually cause campers grief.
I fully agree. Just saying if the campground has this recommendation what are we even talking about.


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Grit dog wrote:

Disconnect the water hose. Leave it off. If it’s not a frost free spigot, not your problem. Makes no sense to leave the hydrant dripping.
It could be his problem.
If the spigot at his site is damaged due to his not following the CG directions... Then at the very least he may have to deal with the result for the rest of his stay.
Likely be a small flood, followed by no water at that site.



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