cold/cooler weather

5 years 6 months ago #16917 by Hank85713
Most rv's I guess are configured for mild weather. Some can be had with 'winterization' kits which supposedly have heated waste and water tanks and underside insulation. The class a's I have read about also recommend a light bulb be placed in the outside storage ares, but my B+ and many other C's dont have them so i guess they are at risk of freezing. Weather today here in southern az was 29/30 last night, 50 deg for daytime and freezing again tonight. My winnebago has exposed waste tanks dont know about fresh as it appears to be in rear wall so I am curious to know if anyone has tried to 'winterize' their rv for cold weather use. I have read of some being take to ski areas but tanks were kept empty of liquids. I also read that interior compartments need to be left open for the water lines.

A friend with a newer bounder 34 ft A, and I asked him the question and he didnt know either (he is living in it at a fam camp). Did say something about heat tape for water line in. I did read an article about a guy staying in a small TT in alaska, but he had to insulate with foam boards out side, cover with snow and some other stuff so I guess he removed the ability to be mobile for his stay up there. He also did a lot of other stuff but that was his plan to begin with.

Anyhow if anyone has tried this what did ya do and how did it work out? I am thinking heat tape on exposed tanks, cover with insulation and bisquen things like that. heat tape over waste outlets small light (?).

Thanks Hank

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5 years 6 months ago #16920 by larryf
Replied by larryf on topic cold/cooler weather
Our rig is better insulated than most and has double-pane windows. Although we try not to stay in very cold weather, we have stayed in the Rocky Mountains when it got into the 20's at night. But it's only been for a couple weeks or less.

Our holding tanks have a heater outlet to them, so they are referred to as "being heated". However, this means we need to run the propane furnace to get heat to them. Since we have FHU when in the Rockies, I put a small electric heater in the wet bay. This keeps the tanks and lines form freezing. We don't insulate the water hose (but would if staying a long time). Instead, we let a fine trickle of water run constantly. This keeps the water in the spigot and hose moving and hasn't frozen on us. For the interior, we run a "oil" heater all night - it's quiet with no fan. During the day, we also run another electric heater. We run the propane furnace as needed, but electric is included in the site.

The biggest problems we've had is with the snow. It blocks the satellite dish (no TV) and collects on the slide-out toppers. If we're leaving soon, I have to go on the roof and sweep everything off.

Larry Farquhar, USAF (Ret)
Owner/Operator of this website.
The Happy-Wanderers
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