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Old 07-15-2013, 06:01 AM   #15
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Several suggested covering them with an interior insulating material...name escapes me, but it looks like shiny/metal bubble wrap.
Reflectix. I used to have a vent cover that applied to the inside of the vent with Velcro(bought at Parts66, but also carried by Camping World and others), but quit carrying it because I never use it.

Prodex has better insulating qualities (comes in 5mm and 10mm thicknesses), but tends to be less flexible and so might be harder to use if you apply it to the exterior.

Personally, I'd leave at least one the vents uncovered. You've still got to have ventilation, and a rooftop vent creates less of a cold draft than opening a window. Yes, it wastes some heat, but think about it; your carbon monoxide detector is near the ceiling for a reason— CO is lighter than air— and having a rooftop vent open means that potential CO buildup can safely be vented to the outside before it has a chance to hurt you.

That's why I quit using my vent cover.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Driving/Camping in below freezing temperatures.

We picked up our 2005 LY 30 in Boise a couple of years ago and drove across the mountains to Denver area during a snowstorm and daytime high of 18 degrees F with a strong crosswind in December a few years ago. At night it dropped to minus 5 F. ( no we are not nuts. Its just that we bought this M/H and had to get it home. Weather was supposed to be in the 30's.) From Denver east the temp was 25 to 35 during the day with 10 to 15 at night. We did not have the M/H winterized. The hot water tank was on bypass. There was about 15 gallons of fresh water in the tank under the bed. The water pipes in the M/H run on top of the floor around the walls. Stayed at Walmarts for 2 nights since campgrounds were not open. We ran the engine heater and auxillary during the day augmented by the furnace. Left doors/drawers open/removed around the floor. At night we ran the gen and the furnace. We were quite warm. The water supply pipe by the wall on the rear roadside was frozen for the next day. The waste water in the 2 tanks froze at the outlets for 3 days. Tanks are "heated" but not the outlets. When we hit warm weather the water pipe and tanks thawed with no leaks. Learned a couple of things. (a) It can be done. (b)M/H drives very well in a snowstorm. At no time did I as the driver feel stupid or scared. Front window did not freeze up. Tire traction was excellent. Stayed in right hand lane running in snow ruts. left hand lane was snowcovered. Trucks passing us were a challege due to complete whiteouts. (c)the heating systems in the M/H are terrific. the use of this new flex stuff for the water supply lines saved us from split pipes when it froze. (d) yes you can use the wate water tanks sparingly in freezing weather.

Yes in hindsight of course we should have winterized the unit. If we had known we would be driving through a snow storm, we would have waited it out. But when we left Boise the temp was 35 and we had the forecast of 20 to 35 for the next 4 days. This was and is our only experience in driving thru the mountains in winter.

No, we wouldn't volunteer to do it again.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:42 AM   #17
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Sounds like a 1st trip to remember. I hope you have had some warmer weather to enjoy your unit since.

Having the HW tank on bypass may have saved you some grief. It is hard to protect it when travelling in sever weather unless you leave it on and heated all the time. (or trim up a piece of styrofam to seal the HW tank door to the outside if not using it)

A couple jugs of RV antifreeze are inexpensive and will help to prevent the waste tank outlets from a freeze.

With the PEX plumbing able to stand some stress, that leaves the pump, check valves, and shut off valves as the major stress points.

Owning an RV is much like any other experience in life. The longer you have it, the more ways you will learn to enjoy it.

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Old 09-03-2013, 01:52 PM   #18
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...................... (or trim up a piece of styrofam to seal the HW tank door to the outside if not using it)
Do you mean the door to the water heater from the outside? If it's like mine, I think styrofoam or anything else inflammable would not be a great idea there. You probably mean while the heater is off, but I know with my memory it'd be likely to stay there until I wondered what the funny burning smell was next time I lighted the heater!

I've traveled in -20 degrees with the heater on, no problem. So long as we keep the furnace on, and avoid using the grey and black tanks if possible, so as not to fill them above the 1/3 mark, and also shut off the feed to the driver-side outside faucet in the sewer access door, I believe that my 1994 LY is completely safe for winter travel. The water tank is under the bed, and I make sure the driver side drawer under the bed is open so air can circulate. We have often used ours in sub-zero temperatures. If you shut off the furnace and water heater, you are in trouble quickly, so ...... keep 'em running!
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #19
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You are so right about the memory!

I now use a system where I tie a ribbon on or near the object or switch to remind me of things I need to do.

On my unit, the fresh water bay is isolated to the rear of the heated main bay, so I have solved the freeze weather condition with a 12V heater.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...ml#post1260320

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[QUOTE=Punch;1349422]Do you mean the door to the water heater from the outside? If it's like mine, I think styrofoam or anything else inflammable would not be a great idea there. You probably mean while the heater is off, but I know with my memory it'd be likely to stay there until I wondered what the funny burning smell was next time I lighted the heater!
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That makes sense.... good idea. Nothing like anything on my '94 LY.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:36 AM   #21
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I now use a system where I tie a ribbon on or near the object or switch to remind me of things I need to do.
Survey flagging tape is good for this: http://www.amazon.com/Primos-Hunting-Calls-65624-Flagging/dp/B002L9FM60/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378297926&sr=8-2&keywords=survey+flagging+tape

Use TWO pieces for each reminder, one on the item you want to remember, one on the steering wheel. So if you've got four things flagged, you'll have four pieces on the steering wheel, too, and you know not to drive off until you've taken care of all four.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #22
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To make sure my antenna is down before driving off, I put the ignition key on the antenna crank handle, didn't do if for the first time in years and 60 miles down the interstate at a rest area my antenna was up, at least I know it is able to survive 60 mph sustained winds
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Survey flagging tape............
Use TWO pieces for each reminder, one on the item you want to remember, one on the steering wheel. So if you've got four things flagged, you'll have four pieces on the steering wheel, too, and you know not to drive off until you've taken care of all four.
....... and so where exactly would I grip the steering wheel? It'd be like fighting the Spaghetti Monster.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #24
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....... and so where exactly would I grip the steering wheel? It'd be like fighting the Spaghetti Monster.
When I wrote that, I had motorhomes in mind, not tow vehicles, since this is a motorhome thread. Sorry about that. If you're using a trailer and not a motorhome, tie the flagging to the trailer hitch as a reminder, not the tow vehicle steering wheel.

But if you are using a motorhome, tying the flagging to the sterring wheel helps to guarantee you don't drive off with something left undone. Whenever you finish a task, you remove one piece of flagging, and you keep going until there are none left.
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