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Old 08-01-2005, 01:48 PM   #1
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Thumbs up winterizing question

hi all
it is not the season but
for this winter how to make so that water not freezing in the thank and into the trailer during the travel.
this winter we will go on a travel with -15 °c
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:52 PM   #2
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Put warm water in the tanks. Then don't drive for more than 20 minutes. Set up camp and start running the heaters! :-)
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Old 08-01-2005, 02:02 PM   #3
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winter travel

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we have 6 hours of road we can't stop after 20 min
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Old 08-01-2005, 02:41 PM   #4
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we have 6 hours of road we can't stop after 20 min
Is water available once you get where you are goin? Maybe winterize the trailer before you go and then set up camp and de-winterize it, get the trailer up to temp, then fill the water tank?
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The factory furnace is ducted to keep the water in the tanks from freezing as well as keeping you warm.
Leave your furnace on, just make sure you have your batteries charged up and are charging from the car or are plugged in.

Make sure your propane tanks are full.
Also a catalytic heater can keep things warm without the need for power.
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hi
there is no water where we going
we leave with the full water for several days.
an electric heater for piping or tanks would be well (12 volts)
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hi
it is just for the travel after we have the heating gas or electric with the honda electro group.
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Consider traveling without water. The fuel costs in France are high. Water is heavy and uses fuel to move. Arrange to take on water near your destination.

The motion of water creates some heat during traveling if there is some space in the tank.

If all else fails, French wine added as a anti-freeze will stabilize the freezing water and encourage water consumption.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:33 PM   #9
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I don't drink wine
i have not any more solution
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Frederic,

Richard's suggestion is the right one, however I don't know how much cold your Airstream can take. I also don't know if the older (1973) trailers have the same cold weather features that the newer ones do. Perhaps someone here can help with that.

Run the furnace. This will direct warm air into the spaces where the water is stored as well as into the spaces where pipes are located. If it's not too cold, this will prevent freezing.

To run the furnace, you need a source for DC power for the blower. This is why you want a fully charged battery and an attachment to the car.

To run the furnace, you also need LP gas. Be sure those tanks are full before you start.

The catalytic heater will heat the inside of the trailer, but it will NOT protect your pipes or tanks from freezing. Run the furnace and do not use any supplemental heat.

Good luck with your trip.

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Loren, Frederic,


My 1971 Sovereign does have ducts, which run to parts of the rig affected more by cold weather....primarily, there is a duct in the back, if you open up the rear battery compartment (were the 73 compartments on the side?), which directs heat there to help keep the copper pipes and battery from freezing (in theory). I have no clue if the system really works or not, but I'll let you know, when I get the rig back and try it this winter.

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hi frederic
I have find in France the heating ribbons in 12 volts to roll up around the drains.
that should help against freezing.
I have also a small gas heating with a sécurity (thermo-couple) no burn no gaz, but I should use gas while rolling?????
i don't know if i can.
I have just passed part of my holidays in Provence they are very fun.A lot of french stars live in provence.
The "mistral" is the name of wind which blows in this country.
thank's fred i stand-by.
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The wind, which blows in from the N/NW, is indeed called "Le Mistral", named after the poet. Was this your first vacation to Provence? My mother's family lives in Arles, a beautiful place where I spent many summers visiting.

That 12V ribbon setup you bought sounds like it'll do the trick. You'll have to let me know how it works out. Towing while you're running any propane-powered appliance, in my opinion, is very dangerous, safety precautions or not. There are two schools of thought on this matter, and I prescribe to the one that errs on the side of caution.

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hi frederic
it's not the first time, it is a splendid country about 250 km/150mls from my home.i live nearness geneve switsserland(80 km)50 mls and lyon(50 km)30 mls
no noise for the ribbons, that maintains tempèrature with 5/10 °c with 30 Watts of power.you can cut how many feet you want.
welcome if you come in my country.
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