RV’s and Freezing Weather Can Mix, If You’re Careful!

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

Lessons in Cold Weather RVing:

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

Here’s what occurred:

  • The hose connecting us to water froze
  • The plastic pipe resulting in the recent water tank froze
  • The fuel/propane furnace ran many of the night time

I must let you know, our Rexhall Aerobus is an efficient high quality motorhome and all of the pipes are enclosed and entry is thru a sealed exterior bin. We thought that will be sufficient if the temps bought right down to freezing or simply under. Truth is, had is simply been a few levels under freezing, we most likely would have been OK. The drawback was that it bought greater than just a bit under freezing!

Lesson #1 – How to Keep Pipes From Freezing

If your water connections or any of your water strains are uncovered to the skin, even temperatures just under freezing can freeze and crack your strains. Even in case your strains and fill factors are enclosed in bins or compartments, if these areas aren’t closely insulated and heated, simply having the sewer line or water hose arising via an entry gap can deliver within the freezing temps and issues… as we discovered first hand.

Our easy resolution was to wrap a warmth tape with a in-built temperature sensor (about $20.00 US) across the uncovered pipes and valves. We bought it from the native ironmongery shop. It’s the sort meant for outdoor or crawl house water strains. It appears to be like like {an electrical} extension wire that has no plug on the finish.

When we’re in an space that has potential freezing temps, we simply plug the warmth tape into our full hookup energy field through an additional extension wire (heavy responsibility) and the sensor takes care of turning on when wanted.

That’s 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 recent water tank as wanted. If you had been staying in a single place for the winter, you possibly can use one other warmth tape and some 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 stuffed with insulation or closely insulate your exterior water strains to maintain them from freezing in all however the coldest of temps.

Lesson #2 Heat Guns and Plastic Water Lines Don’t Mix

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.


Well, utilizing the warmth gun was a good suggestion, we simply did not know the way heat and how briskly it may work. Instead of simply slowly warming the entire compartment, I made the error of blowing instantly on the plastic water strains.

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

I used to be fortunate, my dad had simply been reworking his kitchen and had simply the correct dimension plastic water line available. So, all I needed to do was end thawing issues out, slowly, and then repair the popped water line. That was simply two fittings, about 8 inches of recent 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 may 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 of widespread sense and have a again up plan for when issues do not work out.

  • Don’t let the colder climate cease you from having fun with your RV 12 months spherical.
  • Do take a look at it is chilly climate talents near house or household, simply in case.
  • Keep additional incandescent lights & insulation helpful for backup & repairs
  • Always thaw frozen pipes and tanks slowly – To quick and thinks can break

As we journey 12 months spherical, we’ll hold you updated on what we study (the exhausting means) and how one can keep away from the identical errors (the straightforward means).

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