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Old 01-06-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Visit to N.O. freezing weather and no furnace?

Back to visit and the furnace will not come on and all RV mobile repairs are on holiday. Temp will be 16 on NorthShore tonite.

Any advice on what we should do..even thought of moving to warmer temps.

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Old 01-06-2014, 11:08 AM   #2
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Move the Airstream to the south shore. Bayou Segnette State Park, for example. Just moving it that short distance from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to the south shore raises the predicted overnight low to 22°F. Not a lot better than 16°F, but every little bit helps.

Get a ceramic heater or two to keep the inside of the unit warm if you don't have them already. Won't keep the pipes warm because they don't circulate heated air below the floor, but they will keep the interior livable.

Winterize, if you haven't already. I spend part of yesterday afternoon winterizing mine (for the second time this season since I had three consecutive weekends of camping after winterizing the first time). Winterized pipes and tanks don't need to be kept warm so the lack of heated air below the floor will make no difference.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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Yes..was our thought..sorry for the duplicate message.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:29 AM   #4
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Sounds like the only hot thing in New Orleans tonight might be the seasonings in the Gumbo!
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:51 AM   #5
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Do you think it would be too risky to just dump all water but hot water heater on electricity? Everything was fine last nite..
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:05 PM   #6
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The water pipes and water heater are all in the heated space of the trailer. Mostly hidden behind the cabinets.

The only things "outside" the heated space are the tanks.

I would just empty the tanks and get a couple of electric space heaters. Open the cabinet doors to expose the pump, pipes, and back of the water heater to the heat.

You will be fine.

We are on Padre Island. We came here to escape the cold and snow in Arkansas.

What a bad trick. It is 38 degrees, with 25 mph winds.


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Old 01-06-2014, 12:10 PM   #7
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Gosh..thanks..I would rather just go to the dump than move 50 miles.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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Hooked up and went to Steve's RV in LaCombe at 2pm..fixed..yeah! They said it was a loose connection..the original wire nuts were too big? The furnace breaker clicked off..goes to show how much we know about our AS..did not know where the furnace breaker is..do now!

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More often than not, we learn most things about our RV when something goes wrong.

Glad you got it fixed.


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Old 01-07-2014, 02:10 AM   #10
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Most of my lessons about mechanical things came with a bill attached.

Seems that paying for the knowledge reinforces the lesson.
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Most of my lessons about mechanical things came with a bill attached.
That's why the School of Hard Knocks™ is different from any other school. First you take the test, THEN you get the lesson!
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:45 AM   #12
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We have survived the freezes so far. Cannot wait to see what our future learning curve holds for us. Thanks guys!
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