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Old 01-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Worried SICK about possible frozen pipes

Please forgive me if I am not posting this in the correct spot of "Winter Living."

My question is "how can you tell if you have frozen pipes," and will the frozen pipes then be damaged?

I am so worried sick right now about my Airstream. She is in my driveway, plugged in and the furance has been running (at 55) for a few days while the temps here in Seattle have hovered in the 30's. Also, I've made sure to keep the hot water tank on. I watched a movie inside of her last night and everything was toasty warm. Upon my departure I checked the propane tanks. One was empty and the other one was full. Great! One full tank, yay!

Not really -- dingbat me () forgot about the lever that you can switch to point to either tank to "activate" that tank. It was still set pointed to the empty tank as I just discovered now as I went out to check on her. The temperature outside is 27 degrees.

My question, is -- how will I know if I have damaged pipes? Will the water start spilling out all over the floor or will it be "hidden?"

Also, is the fact that I still had super hot water in my tank a good sign? Meaning, there must have been some propane left in the "empty" tank (we have those propane fuel measuring devices on each tank so it tells me if it is if full or empty) in order to keep the hot water tank going?

I'm so sorry if I sound like a crazy person, I am just so, so worried!

Thank you my friends.

PS I guess I should mention I have a 2006 Safari
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Thought about you this week after seeing the nasty weather Seattle has been getting. We had a bit of it too in Portland and we decided to sleep outside during the nights. We kept ours warm with an electric heater and left the cupboards and doors open to let the heat in. No help from me, but our pipes seem to be fine....Hope yours are, too!

Hope you guys thaw out soon!!
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Please forgive me if I am not posting this in the correct spot of "Winter Living."

My question is "how can you tell if you have frozen pipes," and will the frozen pipes then be damaged?

I am so worried sick right now about my Airstream. She is in my driveway, plugged in and the furance has been running (at 55) for a few days while the temps here in Seattle have hovered in the 30's. Also, I've made sure to keep the hot water tank on. I watched a movie inside of her last night and everything was toasty warm. Upon my departure I checked the propane tanks. One was empty and the other one was full. Great! One full tank, yay!

Not really -- dingbat me () forgot about the lever that you can switch to point to either tank to "activate" that tank. It was still set pointed to the empty tank as I just discovered now as I went out to check on her. The temperature outside is 27 degrees.

My question, is -- how will I know if I have damaged pipes? Will the water start spilling out all over the floor or will it be "hidden?"

Also, is the fact that I still had super hot water in my tank a good sign? Meaning, there must have been some propane left in the "empty" tank (we have those propane fuel measuring devices on each tank so it tells me if it is if full or empty) in order to keep the hot water tank going?

I'm so sorry if I sound like a crazy person, I am just so, so worried!

Thank you my friends.

PS I guess I should mention I have a 2006 Safari
You will likely be fine. It will take some extended be days of below freezing temps to cause trouble. A good test for burst pipes is to turn on the pump(with water in the fresh tank). If it pressurizes and shuts off you're ok. If it continues to run you likely have a problem. I'm bettin' you're OK.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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Okay, okay this is good news so far -- thanks Kim and John. I'm heading out right not to check my pump!
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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My money is your ok. If the trailer has been warm, it would take two or three days in the teens to freeze anything hard enough to break.

Temp for pure water to freeze is 32, water with anything in it has to be even colder (read hard city water here.)

Let us know how the pump test turns out.

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Thank you John, so much. You have completely helped me and I so much want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I turned the pump off and then turned it back on. The pump cycled just once and the pressure of the water was as usual. I even ran the shower (which you know, when you run the water the pump pressurizes at intervals) and it works like a charm.

I.
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Relieved.

Thank you soooooooooooo much!!!!

Monica

PS You should see the size of the icicles hanging off of my Airstream. Incredible!
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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My money is your ok. If the trailer has been warm, it would take two or three days in the teens to freeze anything hard enough to break.

Temp for pure water to freeze is 32, water with anything in it has to be even colder (read hard city water here.)

Let us know how the pump test turns out.

Best of Luck,
Thank you so much!! The pump test passed with flying colors. I was literally in tears over this situation. All day long I was at home (we are stuck here due to the snow and school closures and not being able to drive anywhere) and I was just kicking myself for not going out sooner.

LESSON LEARNED.

Thank you for the information about the water freezing temps too -- very helpful.
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It sounds like you're doing all the right things. At best (or is it at worst?), you might want to open your cabinet doors at night: Under the sink, under the bathroom sink, anywhere that water pipes and tanks exist.

But I'll bet you're going to be just fine. I suspect that newer Airstreams use PEX, which is pretty forgiving stuff.

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You know, I totally misread that thread title as "Worried SICK about frozen pies"...
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It sounds like you're doing all the right things. At best (or is it at worst?), you might want to open your cabinet doors at night: Under the sink, under the bathroom sink, anywhere that water pipes and tanks exist.

But I'll bet you're going to be just fine. I suspect that newer Airstreams use PEX, which is pretty forgiving stuff.

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Thank you so much, I try so hard to do the right things which is why I was so upset with myself about the overlook on the propane switch/dial/selector thingy. Your words mean a lot to me and bring comfort! What a night, seesh!
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You know, I totally misread that thread title as "Worried SICK about frozen pies"...
Okay, that is hilarious!! I am so glad to be laughing right now instead of crying...
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I have pies on the brain at the moment.
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Thank you so much, I try so hard to do the right things which is why I was so upset with myself about the overlook on the propane switch/dial/selector thingy. Your words mean a lot to me and bring comfort! What a night, seesh!
Monica,

On our 2011 International the gas regulator, the thing with the switch that sits between the two LPG tanks, is automatic in as much as whichever way the lever is facing, when one tank runs out the other kicks in automatically (assuming it has some LPG in it). You only need to switch the lever when you're disconnecting a tank. Of course on your slightly earlier model that might not be the case but it may be worth checking if you have your manual.

Frozen pies, eh? I had a few bad ones in the past but none that have reduced me to tears.
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