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Old 03-24-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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New Advice for Snow on AS

We de-winterized our 30 foot Classic in hopes of going to NW Arkansas this weekend for a Civil War Re-enactment. We filled the water tank and low and behold are in the midst of a "thunder-snow" storm. Needless to say, we cancelled our trip and I'm worried about the snow and cold affecting the AS. I've got the AS plugged into the house current (30 amp) on heat-pump mode with cabinet doors open. I'm concerned that the snow will accumulate to high on the roof to block the access to the ceiling unit. Any advice? We've never de-winterized before until the snow was long gone. Thanks
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:33 AM   #2
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Turn the furnace on, it will protect the tanks and any pipes under the belly. You will be fine.
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Yep. Turn the furnace on to protect your tanks. We are in the same situation. We brought the trailer home from storage and it has been snowing ever since. We have camped in snow and cold and have never had any issues other than some condensation inside.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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We de-winterized our 30 foot Classic in hopes of going to NW Arkansas this weekend for a Civil War Re-enactment. We filled the water tank and low and behold are in the midst of a "thunder-snow" storm. Needless to say, we cancelled our trip and I'm worried about the snow and cold affecting the AS. I've got the AS plugged into the house current (30 amp) on heat-pump mode with cabinet doors open. I'm concerned that the snow will accumulate to high on the roof to block the access to the ceiling unit. Any advice? We've never de-winterized before until the snow was long gone. Thanks
Turning the furnace on to a temperature of about 50 to 55 degrees, will protect the trailer. Also open all the cabinet doors that are hiding plumbing.

If you decide not to do that, freeze damages will happen, guaranteed.

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Old 03-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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Looking at forecasts for SW Missouri, and knowing that Wildwood is a bit further north, I would probably go through the tedious, but quick task, if you've done it before, of blowing the lines of all water, and doing all of the above.

We've got nights down in the lower 20's coming for the next couple of days.
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We de-winterized our 30 foot Classic in hopes of going to NW Arkansas this weekend for a Civil War Re-enactment. We filled the water tank and low and behold are in the midst of a "thunder-snow" storm. Needless to say, we cancelled our trip and I'm worried about the snow and cold affecting the AS. I've got the AS plugged into the house current (30 amp) on heat-pump mode with cabinet doors open. I'm concerned that the snow will accumulate to high on the roof to block the access to the ceiling unit. Any advice? We've never de-winterized before until the snow was long gone. Thanks
As the others have said, I'd opt for the furnace unless you are low on propane. One of the dangers is that even though the heat pump has a de-ice function, it can be inadequate if enough ice forms on those outside coils. Here's a picture of my Classic on an October camping trip to Branson. Check out the white which is ice on the coils. There was high humidity outside and when we got back to the trailer, it was about 48 inside since the heat pump couldn't extract any heat from the outside coils due to them being encased in a block of ice.

Also consider either lighting the water heater (assuming it also is full), or if you have a gas/electric unit, turn it on electric. That tank is pretty well insulated, but the vent will expose the tank to the cold.
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