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Old 01-22-2011, 01:40 PM   #11
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When it gets below freezing I just make sure my fresh water tank is full and pull in the hose. I can always hook it back up to fill the tank, but a full tank, 87 gallons, will last me a while and by then it hopefully warms back a bit.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #12
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Frozen in Texas

We've been in Texas the past 4 months (Oct-Jan) living in our Jayco Eagle with the Polar package. The lowest temperature has been 4 degrees and an average high of 30 in Dec and Jan. We have had problems with the black, grey 1, and the fresh water tanks freezing despite our keeping temps inside the trailer around 68 degrees and higher. We have also kept an extra electric heater in the basement that runs constantly. We finally had to build an insulation skirt to allow us to thaw out the tanks in order to drain them. The electric hose does work well, otherwise, we would have been without water for the last 2 months. We've also had trouble with our refrigerator thawing when the temps stay in the 20's. We've come to not trust our Polar Package in freezing temps. A little disappointed.
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Absorbtion refrigerators rely on heat to function. If they get too cold the ammonia liquid will turn to slush and not circulate. Also JAYCO advertises that it was tested at 0 degrees for 8 hours not extended low temp situations.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:29 PM   #14
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They make an electric Cold Weather heater kit for some refrigerators to keep the refrigerant warm, some come with pre installed. I have read on this forum where people have partial blocked the refrigerator Vents or added a light bulb to help. As Grumpy noted they don't work if the refrigerant gets really cold.
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We've been in Texas the past 4 months (Oct-Jan) living in our Jayco Eagle with the Polar package. The lowest temperature has been 4 degrees and an average high of 30 in Dec and Jan. We have had problems with the black, grey 1, and the fresh water tanks freezing despite our keeping temps inside the trailer around 68 degrees and higher. We have also kept an extra electric heater in the basement that runs constantly. We finally had to build an insulation skirt to allow us to thaw out the tanks in order to drain them. The electric hose does work well, otherwise, we would have been without water for the last 2 months. We've also had trouble with our refrigerator thawing when the temps stay in the 20's. We've come to not trust our Polar Package in freezing temps. A little disappointed.
I'm treading on thin ice here, I don't have my trailer yet and haven't tried being in one in the kind of cold you are talking about (highs of 30* lows almost 0*) for weeks at a time. I'd be surprised if most trailers with a polar package would handle temps that low very well.

Also, are your tanks in the basement? If not, heating the basement may not help very much.

JMHO, not experience.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:46 AM   #16
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The artic package is goodinvestment. Keeps your unit cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:38 AM   #17
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The artic package is goodinvestment. Keeps your unit cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Dtito! Cheap to include on your new RV and will help in several ways already discussed. As for longer exposure to sub zero temps, you are good to go if you just winterize the plumbing. With shore power and a couple good ceramic heaters you can stay warm in zero temps without too much trouble. You will need to do something to deal with humity.
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Any additional insulation offered is worth the price. Incidentally, an Arctic Fox salesman just assured me and my neighbor a few days ago that their rigs are good to -30F. He didn't say for how long. You gotta love those guys.
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Did he also tell you you could pull it with a mini-van?
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Any additional insulation offered is worth the price. Incidentally, an Arctic Fox salesman just assured me and my neighbor a few days ago that their rigs are good to -30F. He didn't say for how long. You gotta love those guys.
Ask him to put that in writing and have the company owner initial it...
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