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Old 09-15-2015, 01:43 AM   #1
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When traveling on the road in freezing weather do you leave your furnace on to keep things from freezing? I am looking at travel in weather that may reach single digits and I want to keep things from freezing.
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I use my rv year round. I have traveled in freezing (and below freezing) weather. However, when we stop for the night or any length of stay, we use our furnace and electric fireplace. I do not have the furnace on while on the road.
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Here's a discussion on driving with the furnace running on FMCA. Many seen to do it.

Running the Furnace While On The Road - Systems and appliances - FMCA Motorhome Forums
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When traveling on the road in freezing weather do you leave your furnace on to keep things from freezing? I am looking at travel in weather that may reach single digits and I want to keep things from freezing.
On a 5er, I'm not sure it would do much good (or if the furnace would ever turn off). I suspect all the heat would be sucked out when going 60 plus mph while driving in single digit weather. I am also always concerned about the pipes in the basement area. Since I carry an air compressor with me, my plan has always been to blow out the lines before taking off on a sub-freezing day. Not fun...just part of RVing
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Single digits is asking a lot of a heating system. I run ours in the winter on a regular basis. Always leave the heat on when traveling. But our 5th wheel doesn't have forced air going to the tanks. The only heat the tanks and lines under the floor get is thru the duct work which is convection heat. Ive traveled in the low 20's without an issue. But single digits would make me nervous to say the least.
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Thanks for the input from all. I found some blogs from full timers from Canada that travel in some really cold weather with their furnace running. Some great pictures of a Jayco Pinnacle covered in snow and the owners state they stay toasty warm inside without any freeze ups. As a point of information for those of you that may also travel in the cold it was advised to use a portable generator in the bed of the truck to keep the batteries on board charged if you do some extended traveling. Also travel with a full fresh water tank as it is difficult to find water from a spigot.
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