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Old 09-26-2016, 12:23 AM   #15
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Our philosophy of precautions is, if the chance of something going wrong is small, but the consequences of that thing going wrong would be major, we take the precaution.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:47 AM   #16
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Winterizing doesn't mean that you can't camp

I have winter camped. Just weekend trips because you can't shower. I bring a porta potti and jugs of water. I didn't bother with the fridge, and just put a cooler outside.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:31 AM   #17
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When we camp in sub-freezing temperatures we just don't bother to run the hose for the city water connection, but we park near a bath house in a campground.
It will just freeze unless you have the entire hose wrapped in electric heat tape.
That might be worth the effort for full-timers, but not worth the effort for weekend campers.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:41 AM   #18
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Thanks y'all for all the insightful info. I am on the hunt for a heated hose. Our 2017 classic has 'tank heaters" and I believe those will keep my tanks freeze free. So once I have the heated hose I'll be all set.

I hope you all enjoy your fall camping! Stay safe and keep the rubber side down.
Heated hoses have been discussed on other threads, and should be easy to find. Don't forget that the exposed hose bib at the campground may be the weak link in the chain here, as it and the pipe leading to it will freeze quite easily unless water is moving through them constantly. It may pay to disconnect and store the hose, then leave the hose bib faucet dripping overnight, if the CG permits.

PS -- Edit -- See link in Post #2 for heated hose and welcome to the forum!
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:59 AM   #19
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I have seen campgrounds place inverted 5 gallon buckets stuffed with pink insulation over the spigots.
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drip drip drip the faucets if it's going below zero.
lol. of course I meant 0C, not 0F.
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Hey Dave. Seems like an oxymoron to " put a cooler outside". Are you keeping the stuff inside cool OR preventing it from getting too cool ???

Have to think about that.
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:18 AM   #22
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I got the pirit hose, worked well for the last 2 winters, going in to our third now..

https://www.amazon.com/Pirit-PWL-03-...ted+water+hose
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:52 AM   #23
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Hey Dave. Seems like an oxymoron to " put a cooler outside". Are you keeping the stuff inside cool OR preventing it from getting too cool ???

Have to think about that.
Just keeping the critters out of the food.
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Thanks

Looks like the heated hose is the way to go. We are expecting snow here in WY early next week so I really appreciate all the help. We also will start heading south to some warmer weather soon, that will solve our freezing concerns for sure.

Thanks y'all.

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We were at a CG outside Sault Ste. Marie, Ont a few years ago. Lots of coolers outside most with chains and padlocks. The 2 legged "critters" go around and snatch beer at night. Beer is $$$$ in Canada.
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In BC, we would Never leave a cooler outside at night, as a bear can smell one from a long way off, and open it with the flick of some 3-inch claws. Then again, they hibernate in winter. Bust now they're down in the valleys looking for backyard fruit trees, for fattening up. We'd lock up our cooler in the TV.

Just back from a couple of nights at Kootenay Creek Provincial Park near Nelson, BC. A great place to camp, complete with bear **** on the hiking trails. One bounded across HY 3A on our drive home.

Ah, Wilderness.
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We have spent the last three winters in our A/S. We just drip the water before we go to bed. To determine IF we need to drip, we bought a projection clock/outdoor thermometer with remote/outdoor sensor. That means we have a really local temperature gauge. When we wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or just wake up, we just look at the time and temperature projected on the ceiling. It really helps keep the worry factor down: you KNOW whether to turn the water on or not. And we have a hair dryer onboard -- which we only used one time in the first winter before we set up the projection clock!
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If going to be below 27 degrees my hoses all come off and we use the self contained systems.....
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