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Old 03-09-2012, 01:28 AM   #15
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quick fix

Sometimes in my full timing travel I can hit cold weather like this but usually not for many days at a time. I drain the water tank and add 5 gal of antifreeze from walmart to the FW tank. That seems just enough to pick up in the pump and get pink color out of the kitchen and bath faucet..dont forget to turn on the shower to get some pink in those lines too. The last gallon, drop some down the drain in kitchen and bath and shower and then the rest in the toilet. For about 25 bucks your pretty covered for short durations. I carry a small adapter from walmart that attaches to the city water hookup and has a air adapter on it. Stop at a gas station to blow out the rest of the lines then follow the above if it looks like a real low cold spell.
My coldest travel was 26 below zero, blowing snow and traveling 45 mph. My trailer with the furnace going was 52 degrees when I stopped for the night. Wally knew how to put a trailer together!!
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:44 AM   #16
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From a safety standpoint, we never leave any appliances turned on when we are not actually using our Airstream. When you go on vacation, would you leave a portable electric heater or your gas barbecue on at your house? Just my opinion, but I would think that would be inviting disaster. (The only exception to this is using the converter to charge our batteries overnight, once a month; and our Bambi is parked next to our house.)

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Old 03-09-2012, 06:46 AM   #17
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The difference between Phoenix and Durango is about 50 degrees at night! Been using oil filled heaters in the winter in RV's for 15 years without any issues. Keeping a constant temperature inside prevents expansion and contraction of cabinets and other built ins. I remove the batteries and put them in the shop.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:09 AM   #18
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We leave Lucy plugged in when not in use when she is stored at our house or at SuEllyn's Dad's house in Jacksonville. We leave the refrigerator running and the heat pump or air conditioner running during these periods. Lucy is rarely in this status for more than thirty days at any point during the year. We have been doing this since we got Lucy in 2006.

As a matter of fact, Lucy is now resting in Jacksonville with her heat pump on set at 60 degrees.

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:20 AM   #19
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I know the OP's question was quite a while back...but I'll add this.

If a little piece of mind would help. I ran across some 200 W heaters. That would give you a few degrees of heat rise based on this post about my gasketless Overlander...

2 or 3 degrees would turn a questionable 25 degree night into a no-worries for me.
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