Preparing for my first winter living full-time in my 81 Excella and still have questions after reading some amazingly informative forum posts. Temps will drop down in the mid-20s overnight tomorrow and several other nights soon here in the Piedmont of North Carolina and I'd appreciate some short term (and longer term) advice...
1. If we dip down in the 20s at night then get back up in the 40s the next day do folks think my water holding tank (assume it's full) and cold and hot water lines will be fine if I am able to keep the interior heated above 40 degrees (and leave the closet door open to help warm the water pump)?
Some helpful background info: I'm currently parked at a neighbors and have access to fresh water (for the winter I will just fill up my fresh water tank versus staying hooked up and worrying about insulating the hose) and I'm plugged in to their electricity via a 10 gage extension chord. I took out the toilet (using composting one at my neighbor's house) so black tank is empty. Grey water tank empty too…dishwashing just flows out to the earth. Until I have time to caulk my shower, I will continue to use my neighbor's outdoor shower. My fridge is running on gas.
So far I've been heating mostly with an electric 1500
watt radiant heater turned up half way. Sometimes I'll turn on the furnace but the fan is so loud and my two batteries drain so fast (need to be replaced…they are car batteries that came with the trailer). I'm trying to get the small "Thermx Caravan Mark V" propane heater that's attached to the wall to work but looks like the thermo coupler needs to be replaced. If I'm in here next winter I'll definitely pursue a small wood stove. All that to say, on the nights when we've gone down in the low 30s I've been cold
I've checked the thermostat in the morning and It's never gotten below 41 degrees. I think I'm going to trust that the electrical system can handle the pull of the 1500
watt heater on high (I don't have other things running at the time except maybe the computer charging).
I want to be sure I get through these upcoming cold nights without any freezing pipe/water heater/pump issues and then look down the line to when we have longer stretches of freezing nights and cold days without sun (it almost always rises above freezing during the day during the winter here). I guess I need to get used to the idea of using a lot more propane than I had imagined, buy new batteries (someone recommended Inline 6 volt) and listen to the hum of the furnace
2. Seems that as long as I keep the inside above ____ temp (please feel free to fill in a number) my water system will be okay for this region without needing to drain, etc.
Thanks for any wisdom!