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RV’s and Freezing Climate Can Combine, If You are Cautious!

RV’s and Freezing Climate Can Combine, If You are Cautious!

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Once we left off final, we had been protected and sound in Tacoma and the Christmas holidays had been quick approaching. I promised you that we might let you understand how the RV handles freezing climate.

Classes in Chilly Climate RVing:

It was December, however temps under freezing in Tacoma are uncommon. So, when the temperature the primary evening there bought down into the 20s (-9 C) we had been completely caught off guard.

Here is what occurred:

  • The hose connecting us to water froze
  • The plastic pipe resulting in the contemporary water tank froze
  • The gasoline/propane furnace ran many of the evening

I have to inform you, our Rexhall Aerbus is an effective high quality motorhome and all of the pipes are enclosed and entry is thru a sealed exterior bin. We thought that might be sufficient if the temps bought all the way down to freezing or simply under. Fact is, had is barely been a few levels under freezing, we in all probability would have been OK. The issue was that it bought greater than just a bit under freezing!

Lesson #1 – Hold Pipes From Freezing

In case your water connections or any of your water traces are uncovered to the skin, even temperatures slightly below freezing can freeze and crack your traces. Even when your traces and fill factors are enclosed in bins or compartments, if these areas will not be closely insulated and heated, simply having the sewer line or water hose arising via an entry gap can convey within the freezing temps and issues… as we came upon first hand.

Our easy answer was to wrap a warmth tape with a inbuilt temperature sensor (about $20.00 US) across the uncovered pipes and valves. We bought it from the native ironmongery shop. It is the type meant for out of doors or crawl house water traces. It seems to be like {an electrical} extension wire that has no plug on the finish.

Once we are in an space that has attainable freezing temps, we simply plug the warmth tape into our full hookup energy field by way of an additional extension wire (heavy responsibility) and the sensor takes care of turning on when wanted.

That is all we would have liked to maintain the bin and connections from freezing. We do not join the water hose in freezing temperatures, we simply fill the contemporary water tank as wanted. Should you had been staying in a single place for the winter, you possibly can use one other warmth tape and a few insulation wrapped round it on the hose to maintain your hose from freezing too.

For boondocking or dry tenting, you possibly can additionally stuff the compartment filled with insulation or closely insulate your exterior water traces to maintain them from freezing in all however the coldest of temps.

Lesson #2 – Warmth Weapons and Plastic Water Strains Do not Combine

My dad had a warmth gun he used for warmth shrink on wires and home windows. We determined to make use of that to warmth up the pipes and get the water pump working once more.


Properly, utilizing the warmth gun was a good suggestion, we simply did not know the way heat and how briskly it might work. As an alternative of simply slowly warming the entire compartment, I made the error of blowing instantly on the plastic water traces.

In lower than two minutes, I had heated up the plastic water line so properly that it grew to become gentle and with the water line pressurized from the pump… It shaped a bubble similar to bubble gum and popped.

I used to be fortunate, my dad had simply been transforming his kitchen and had simply the fitting measurement plastic water line readily available. So, all I needed to do was end thawing issues out, slowly, after which repair the popped water line. That was simply two fittings, about 8 inches of latest plastic water line, the warmth gun to heat the ends and all of it screwed again collectively in lower than half-hour. Like I stated, I used to be fortunate to be the place I had the instruments and provides to repair it myself.

It simply might have been a pair hundred {dollars} of repairs if I needed to have a restore store do it.

In Conclusion: Motorhomes, fifth Wheels and different RVs can deal with under freezing temperatures. You simply want to make use of a bit frequent sense and have a again up plan for when issues do not work out.

  • Do not let the colder climate cease you from having fun with your RV yr spherical.
  • Do check it is chilly climate talents near dwelling or household, simply in case.
  • Hold further incandescent lights & insulation helpful for backup & repairs
  • At all times thaw frozen pipes and tanks slowly – To quick and thinks can break

As we journey yr spherical, we’ll hold you updated on what we be taught (the onerous method) and how one can keep away from the identical errors (the straightforward method).

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RV’s and Freezing Climate Can Combine, If You are Cautious!

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