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Winter traveling Leo 12-14-02  
I want to travel in the winter but I am concerned about the water system and holding tanks freezing. Any suggestions?
Re: winter traveling Joe 12-15-02  
That's a tough one. That really depends on your RV. Some will be a three season RV and some will be a four season RV. There is really five seasons in RVing. The fifth is below 20 degrees, where even with the heat on and compartment doors open, heat tape on your tanks, heated compartments sometimes things will still freeze. If your water tanks are outside under the floor, they could have heated compartments on some and some could use a heat tape. That only works part of the time. They also use heat tape on the holding tanks, but sometimes the valves freeze. You can get 110 volt AC, or 12 volt DC heat tape. Both use a lot of power and aren't very effective in real cold weather. If you have a trailer or notorhome without a generator, the power demand would be very high on your system unless you were plugged in or hooked to a running vehicle. Batteries wouldn't last very long.
Re: winter traveling Ed 12-29-02  
I find if I were to put one cup of non toxic antifreeze into my gray and black water tanks after emptying them, they will not freeze. So, in extreme weather I do this after every dump! As for ur drinking/showering/cleaning water, well, u might try to turn on ur basement lights if ur tanks are in there, that provides heat. Or just dont have that water on board and use only the campgrounds water when u stop for the night. Maybe bring gallon jugs of water for flushing and like that. Also depends on how cold/extreme the weather will be in the area u r heading towards.Hope this has been some help...
Re: winter traveling Steve 12-31-02  
I agree with previous post - We do a goodly amount of winter travel in a class C winne, and carry jugs of water and the red antifreeze for dumping in holding tanks. I do not carry water in our onboard tank, and sometimes if the amount of antifreeze is insufficient, the dump valves could freeze.
Re: winter traveling WAR EAGLE 1-15-03  
The r.v antifreeze is a must, be sure not to put it in your fresh water tank.
Remember to turn off campground faucet and disconnect from your camper and drop hose to ground or store away so it will not frreze as well and you can hook it back up next day.
Also make sure you have a plenty of propane and leave the doors to the cabinet open inside where the water comes into the camper from the outside hook up, if it is inside. This allows better heat to the pump and water connections inside. Always remember if you use a ceramic floor heater or inside electric heater that it could keep your thermostate from coming on and keep heat from heating other compartments that you may need to heat that are not heated by the ceramic or electric SPARE heater but by the use of your propane system. Don't be afaraid, even the best campers still freeze up from time to time just do all you can to prevent as much as you can and learn as you go. Each camper is different as to finding its freeze sections. You'll learn as you go. Just go.
Remember if the power goes out at the campsite you are dependant on a generator. The battery will only last a short while in that it takes almost 12 volts to start most heaters. Sometimes you can get a day or two of heat from your dual battery system but will need to charge them every day or charge one every day until the power comes back on. Then recharge them both with a regular battery charger 12 volt.
Keep thick blankets. We bought an expensive but nice apaca blanket for such cold occassions that has saved us more than once on the road. instead of packing lots of blankets. Think warm Thoughts.
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