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Old 11-14-2014, 07:03 AM   #1
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Frozen water system

My water system froze up while at deer camp, looking for info on how to thaw it out and prevent it from freezing again on my 31.5RLTS fifth wheel.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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You need to generate some heat from whatever source(s) you have available. After it's thawed, check thoroughly for leaks. And if you continue to use it in freezing temperatures, keep it heated or drain it.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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You need to generate some heat from whatever source(s) you have available. After it's thawed, check thoroughly for leaks. And if you continue to use it in freezing temperatures, keep it heated or drain it.
X2 and if possible temporarily move it into a warmed barn or storage facility which will aid in the thawing. Under any circumstance do not use a torch underneath. Believe it or not people have tried that and believe the torch thing falls in the category of "heat with any means possible".

In the future, I would winterize and leave the system drained when you are winter camping like this. You can use the toilet and flush with a gallon jug of water sitting nearby. Same with the sinks, just dump a little pink stuff before you close up and head home. You can use the RV in sub freezing weather just don't fill the plumbing system.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip. I have already winterized my rig and was just thinking there may be some time between now and March of next year that I would like to go camping without rewinterizing. The answer is just don't hook up to the water, carry water in bottles. You can still use the stove, the heater, and the electrical. Just act as if you dont have plumbing at all. I guess you'd just call that "dry camping".
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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Do you have reliable electric (plugged in) at deer camp or are you Boondocking it? I am assuming most of your plumbing is in your cargo holds. If you have electric a couple incandescent lights in the cargo holds will keep it warm enough. If you are boondocking, then you have a bit more of a challenge. Consider adding some insulating panels to the cargo hold doors. Make sure the heat registers are open and warm air is flowing to the holds.
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Thanks for the tip. I have already winterized my rig and was just thinking there may be some time between now and March of next year that I would like to go camping without rewinterizing.
I was thinking the same thing. We have a state park close to us that has an all weather water faucet. If we had a stretch of warmer than normal temps [fat chance here in Indiana] I would consider going. If it were to stay above freezing during the nighttime, I would de-winterize, then re-winterize because it only takes me 20 minutes to do it. I was at Menards last week and they had RV antifreeze on closeout for $1.99 a gallon. I bought 10, just in case.
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We camp a lot late into the cold months and have good luck using the blow out method of the water system. We can drain the low water points, blow out the water lines by using a 12VDC tankless air compressor, then maybe add some pink stuff to the P-Traps...

This can be done in just a few minutes and we can start using the water system again by just adding water to the fresh water tank when it warms up outside..

Granted our trailer is smaller than yours and only has a few exposed water lines.

Works great for us using the blow out method..

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