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Old 09-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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How cold before concern?

Going camping next weekend (Friday-Sunday). Temps will be 25 one night and 36 the other night. Days will be in the upper 60s.

I am concerned about freezing and how to deal with it.

We will be in a full hookup site.

Anybody have experience camping when night temps get below or close to freezing? Any tips or tricks?
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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We have been out in the low 20’s. At night I ensure the water line from the hose bib is disconnect and use from the fresh water tank. I also crack open cabinets that have water lines just to be safe.

We also typically use an electric space heater as our primary heat source.
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We have been out in the low 20’s. At night I ensure the water line from the hose bib is disconnect and use from the fresh water tank. I also crack open cabinets that have water lines just to be safe.

We also typically use an electric space heater as our primary heat source.
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Great thought to disconnect the water supply. Do you guys fill your fresh water or just put a gallon or two to get through the night? Any problems with the fresh tank freezing?

Also, why electric space heater as opposed to gas, assuming you have one built in?
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You'll hear that most people use the space heater because the furnace uses quite a bit of propane. Our table top elect heater keeps our trailer warm even when it was in the upper 20's. We keep it far away from our bed at it still keeps us warm. I've heard some people say its good to drain the fresh water tank if gets down in the mid twenties. I'd be afraid of freezing the drain line if not. You could always keep a jug of water on hand to wash hands or flush. I take some rv antifreeze to throw in the holding tanks if when go when its cold.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
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Yep,
Portable eLectric heaters because the electric is free with your campsite.
I set the furnace on about 68 and supplemented with electric.
I did keep a couple gallons of anti-freeze handy so I could winterize if needed.
I also did put some in the holding tanks.
Below freezing for a few hours didn't seem to be a problem.
I looked at hour by hour predicted temps. 3-4 hours wasn't a problem.

My FW tank seemed fine and the HW tank was on propane.

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The wind is probably our biggest enemy in colder temperatures.
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I fill the fresh water tank full, for a couple of reasons. 1) the large volume of water has a large thermal mass. 2) Water freezes from the top down. Also the dip hose from the TT will then be in water and will less likely have any issues.

The electric heater is usually free to run. I place a small (1500 watt) ceramic unit on the stove top during the day. Then at night we typically place it on the floor, in front of the stove. We also use electric mattress pads during the fall and early spring.

The electric heater does pull a lot of power so you may have to turn it off if you are using the microwave or a coffee pot.
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A good question is how long will the temp be below freezing or will the temp during the day warm up above freezing.
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I never had any problems here locally in our local cold spots when it warms up again the next day. Seems like it needs to be below below freezing for couple of days to do harm to us. I unhook the fresh water hose and run electric heater in our POPUP setup.

We can also blow out our water lies real quick with our compressor setup but if I know it is going to warm up the next day I don't bother with ding that. These are temps just below freezing I am talking about here... Might be a different story it it gets down in the teens and never warming up above freezing during the next day...

Of course my only freezing problems are the fresh water tank and sink lines... Have never had a freezing problem with my cassette pottie flush water source...

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