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Old 03-20-2011, 11:29 PM   #1
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Winterize For One Night?

We just got home with our new-to-us '06 19' Int'l that we camped in on the trip back from Vegas. Now that we're home in Cincinnati, the forecast is for a low of 29 deg. F one night this week. My question: do I need to winterize for possibly the last cold night? The owners manual says the tanks are heated when winter camping, so f I just leave the furnace on for this one night, will that solve the issue?

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Old 03-20-2011, 11:35 PM   #2
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If you leave the heat on, you should not have any problems with any freezing pipes etc.
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Leave your furnace on and your lower cabinet doors open....you should be fine for one night @ 29 as the low. Just hope the predictions ring true and it doesn't go lower for longer.

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Old 03-21-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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We were in Texas the beginning of February just in time for their freeze. We did just as Shari said, furnace on low, lower storage doors open. It got into the teens several nights, no problem. Make sure you are plugged in so that the furnace does not run your batteries down, also be sure you have propane.

You should be just fine.
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We were camped in Tucson last month when in went down to 17 deg F. Heat on and cabinet doors open, propane hot water heater on, and elect tank heaters on. Disconnected outside water supply and opened faucets to release any pressure should ice form and expand in the lines. No problems.
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and elect tank heaters on.
Are there separate switches/controls for these?

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Are there separate switches/controls for these?

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I also have an 06 Bambi CCD. It relies on the furnace to heat the tanks and lines. Just do what's been suggested (empty the tank and lines) and run your furnace at a low temp if you think it will fall below freezing. Congrats on your previously enjoyed AS!
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:11 AM   #8
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If you have the heat strip option on your a/c, leave it on and set the furnace to 60 or so. You'll be fine and the haet strip will save you some propane.

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Two things to consider:

First, what is your level of confidence in the accuracy of your weather service?

Then, perhaps think back on your luck in Vegas.

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That's pretty much what we do here. Inevitably it's late in the day when we arrive back home, and inevitably it'll be cold at night. Plug the thing in, turn on the heater, and hit the sack.

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Prop open the door to your bathroom and take the panel off in front of your water pump.
Open the faucets. Pull out the kitchen wand and leave it in the sink.
We would use a space heater with a thermostat in our CCD.

Our Westy is plumbed so that we can winterize and de-winterize in minutes. We used it all winter and winterized it several times. I wish it could be so easy for the tow-behinds.
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Tom,

Hello neighbor, I live in Batavia.

As others have suggested, running the furnace for a night should be okay. It isn't supposed to get really cold but opening cabinet doors and access to the water pump compartment are a good idea anyway.

A few other suggestions are to, with the water pump off, open all valves just to bleed pressure off the system. Also make sure you have enough propane as the furnace burns it up fast. Maybe have both LP tank valves open in case one tank runs out and the regulator switches over. I assume you are plugged into shore power so you won't run down the batteries with the furnace blower.

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We were camped in Tucson last month when in went down to 17 deg F. Heat on and cabinet doors open, propane hot water heater on, and elect tank heaters on. Disconnected outside water supply and opened faucets to release any pressure should ice form and expand in the lines. No problems.
We were here in Tucson, too, and did the same thing and were fine...and we had temps in the teens for 2 or 3 nights is I recall... It's best to use propane furnace to keep things warm because an electric heater won't take warm air to the tanks...just make sure you don't run out of propane, and be on shore power if possible so the batteries aren't drained... I keep the water heater running and run hot water through the pipes before we go to bed...if I get up during the night I run hot water through the pipes again...
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If you have the heat strip option on your a/c, leave it on and set the furnace to 60 or so. You'll be fine and the haet strip will save you some propane.

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The only caution on this solution is that the furnace is ducted to areas that the heat strip warmth may not easily reach. Leaving the furnace on can be a secondary backup, but the heat strip may produce just enough heat to keep the furnace off, which may in turn not deliver critical heat to areas that could drop below freezing.

Keep in mind that water has a strange property that causes it to expand dramaticly as the temperature hits freezing. That's where the damage is caused as the ice forms as you go below 32 and water volume at freezing expands 9-10%.

My advice is run the furnace and open up the closet doors. I've done that in the past when we dewinterized early and got hit by some late cold snaps.

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