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Old 01-21-2016, 07:21 AM   #15
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Ok,
We have one of our units thawed. Praise God!
Thank you for all of your suggestions and I have learned about closing the tank.

As for winter camping...we are living in our units while we build a new house.

Moved from Texas to the Tennessee mountains, so riding off into the sunset was not an option, well not without sawing off a pipe or two!
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:00 AM   #16
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We also moved to the mountains and stayed in our trailer while we built a home (about 20 years ago) what we did was bought bales of hay and rapped them around the bottom of the unit so no air could get in and packed them around the water and sewer lines about a foot or more thick and we went through the winter without any problems, give it a try
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:25 AM   #17
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Ok,
We have one of our units thawed. Praise God!
Thank you for all of your suggestions and I have learned about closing the tank.

As for winter camping...we are living in our units while we build a new house.

Moved from Texas to the Tennessee mountains, so riding off into the sunset was not an option, well not without sawing off a pipe or two!
You might think about skirting your trailer with straw or hay bales. Don't block the furnace or WH exhausts! You will be more comfortable inside and the pipes will not be exposed so much. There's a lot more winter left.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:07 PM   #18
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Yea ! put hay bales around you camper and see how many mice it brings, so buy plenty of mice traps....
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #19
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Without doubt, the proper tool for a frozen 3" sewer valve is a hair dryer. I've used a small propane grille with great success as well. But nothing beats a hair dryer for convenience and portability.

But if your sewer valve is mid-ship and inside the belly pan, and if you've got furnace ducting flowing into your belly pan, then you've gotta run the furnace 'til your dump valve thaws out.

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Old 01-28-2016, 05:33 AM   #20
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Had this happen to us during the "Polar Vortex" from a couple of years ago, except our valves were frozen shut with full tanks. Low temperatures got down to near zero every night for about two weeks.

We tried just about everything and the frozen valves just laughed at us, especially when one of the valve handles came off in my hand. I finally broke down and purchased a Mr. Heater propane space heater from the local Bass Pro and after about 45 minutes, we were back in business with working valves again. Had to do this one more time later in the week.

But to the trailer's credit, it handled the cold VERY well. The poor furnace almost never kicked off, but nothing ever broke. My wife was especially thankful that we never had to make the "Walk of Shame" to the bath house as many other campers in the campground had to do.
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OP,

Skirt your trailer with bales of hay or straw and place a work light of around 100 watts under the trailer.

Plumbing won't freeze and you will be warmer inside.


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