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Old 09-28-2003, 10:28 AM   #1
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Extending wet camping season

How can I extend the use of my A/S? I plan some interior work in the upcoming months, and plumbing is included, so I'm looking for thoughts on how to entend use into colder weather, at least down to 20 degrees F. Here in Colorado the weather can change very quickly. If camping at 20 degrees, up could find yourself at 5 degrees the next day, or at very low tempatures when towing back over the pass -- what's a fellow to do?

I may replace the plumbing with plastic.

Our Tradewind has hot, cold, and drain piping routed behind the bath, which is all exposed to exterior walls and axcess doors. I could change the heat ducting to blow into this area and then vent into the bathroom. This would result in a lot of heat loss.

The shower drain trap seems to be a problem. A cup of RV Antifreeze after each use might make it safe from freezing.

How do I keep the Black water tank from freezing?

Do you have any thoughts on how to do a quick winterize at a camp site so that freezing doesn't occur on the trip home without interior heat?

Lets go snow camping with hot showers.

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I wish this forum had a spell checker and grammer checker like Word.

You could find, not "up" could find.

What do I do with gray water in freezing weather?

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I don't think you'd need to worry about how cold it is over the pass on while travelling because the water will be constantly moving, and the brief period that you are in colder weather, I don't think it would freeze.

For some of your other issues, how about heat tape wrapped around the pipes and wired into your system so the battery could run it even if you weren't on hookups, put it on a switch you turn on when you need it (or there's thermostat switches that turn on when it gets cold enough)? Then insulate well around the pipes. At least that what we did on our mobile home when we lived in E. WA where they have more severe winters. I'm just guessing here. I'm sure others will have better ideas.

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run your furnace!

"How do I keep the Black water tank from freezing? "

just run your furnace, add a gallon or two of rv antifreeze if you feel the need.

that's the beauty of airstreams, when you run the furnace your waste tanks are heated too.

you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
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