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Old 02-10-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Driving in winter with full fresh water tanks?

We are getting ready to leave the frozen tundra of Michigan and head to Disney World with our new TT with thermal package. When we travel in the winter we always run the furnace to make pit stops more comfortable and we often stay in our camper when stopping for the night.

Our old camper did not have thermal package so we always left winterized and used a little RV antifreeze to flush the commode.

Does anyone travel with full fresh water in freezing conditions? I would not mind having water if it is safe. I know the low point drains stick out below the underbelly I am a little concerned with those freezing/breaking. I don't know if the outdoor kitchen will stay warm enough either?

It is projected to be 8 degrees upon departure.

Any experience/advise would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 02-10-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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We typically travel with some water in the fresh tank and the heat on - even in the winter. I understand why some wait until they're out of the freezing weather, but we've never had a problem.

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Old 02-11-2015, 12:41 AM   #3
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Bringing 5 gallons of fresh water in an "igloo" type water cooler would have zero chance of rupturing your lines. Leave it in the back of the truck, what's it going to hurt? It will only be a minor inconvince for the one or two nights sleeping on the road while you are running south. Using the pink to flush until you are well into the "30s" wouldn't be a bad thing either.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:45 AM   #4
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Your low point drains will have water in them as you know and I've never been lucky with water in winter. 8 deg. traveling down the road at 60 mph and they'll be frozen in 10 minutes if I were behind the wheel. If they split you'll be SOL.
You think you can cover them with a foam pad and duct tape it to the underside? It only has to hold for 2 days at most.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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I'd probably wait until southern Indiana to put water in the system. Depending on what day and time your leaving, they are talking of -10 or more over night this weekend and it coldest just prior to dawn... Send up some of that warm weather once you get there. I'm ready to head north, but mother nature says differantly...
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:30 PM   #6
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I would not run down the road with water in the the lines either...I think if you drained the low point drains and left a little in the water tank you would find out if that freezes...but is it worth the risk when you can carry some in a jug for a couple of days, its a risk reward thing
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:27 PM   #7
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With temps falling again, I'd leave the pink stuff in and carry a jug of water to flush ad bottled water to drink. Nashville's expecting lows in the teens so don't rush things. Have fun.

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