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Old 12-17-2011, 08:40 PM   #11
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I do use quick connects, but the brass ones. I have had no problems with them.
Ditto here - brass quick connects - the set just completed their third year. I'm not full time, only out about 20 weeks a year.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #12
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Ed, do you use the quick connect couplers for the water hose connections? I have tried those, and they work great in warmer climates - get somewhat brittle when it gets into the teens and below. And, 19 has been the low for us so far this winter; the heat tape I applied is working out great. Too bad I did not think of the aluminum foil before I wrapped mine though. That would be a nice extra layer of insulation...
If you are full timing and will be in freezing temps quite often you might want to check out the heated water hose (www.pirit.com). It is not cheap but I bought one and plan to use it so I don't have to worry about insulating the water hose or filling the tank or taking in the hose, etc. The hose has a built in thermostat that turn on and off depending on the temp. Got mine on www.amazon.com at a cheaper price and it was new also
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:50 AM   #13
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Interesting. Never saw the hose will have to check it out. However, you can buy heat tape. Heat tape comes in several different lengths. Home Depot usually carries it.

I wrap my hose with aluminum foil first. They have aluminum tape which I am going to try when making up a new hose. The aluminum foil or aluminum tape distributes the heat uniformly on the hose. Then put on the heat tape along the length of the hose. Hold it in place with black electrical tape. I also have a water filter. I purchased a home water filter from Home Depot and added hose fittings. I do the same with the filter. Aluminum foil to distribute the heat, then wrap a short length of heat tape around the filter. Plug it in and your good to go. The heat tape has built in thermostats so it only turns on when needed. No extra insulation is needed on the hose or filter. I full timed for almost 4 winters in 10 to 15 degree weather with no problems.

As an extra precaution you may want to use grey and black water chems, plus dump a quart or so of RV antifreeze in your grey and black tanks before use.
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I too looked at the Pirit; but, I figured I would try the heat tape first ($30 vs $130+). Last nite it dropped to 11 and all is well. I am using a 30' heat tape that covers my 27' hose and filter set-up. The extra 3' of tape i placed on the opposite side of my filter. The whole thing is then wrapped with pipe foam.

As far as the anti-freeze down the tanks, all of my tanks are heated and enclosed. I keep the black valves closed and empty when full. So far, I have been keeping the grey valves open and have yet to notice anything wrong/problematic with doing this.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:34 AM   #15
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If you are full timing and will be in freezing temps quite often you might want to check out the heated water hose (www.pirithose.com). It is not cheap but I bought one and plan to use it so I don't have to worry about insulating the water hose or filling the tank or taking in the hose, etc. The hose has a built in thermostat that turn on and off depending on the temp. Got mine on www.amazon.com at a cheaper price and it was new also
My post about heated water hose should have said www.pirithose.com
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My tanks are heated also in the Jayflight 19RD. Just the pipe that sticks out with the valve froze. in 10 degree weather. Valve was OK after being thawed.
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Just a note on handling freezing temps.... It Jan 7 and has not frozen here yet. Got close 3 days ago. I just let the water trickle.
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