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Old 11-04-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Winter Camping Fresh Water Tank

I will be camping in Columbus Oh during the winter and have 30 amp service. I have a 2017 30' Classic with the Alde Heating System. I will not be connecting any exterior water lines. I will turn on the heated holding tanks for the black and grey. I don't know if the fresh water has heating pads.

Here is my question? If I try to keep the temperature around 70 with the Alde heating system and a small electric heating fan can I use the fresh water tank with the water pump. i plan on opening all cabinet doors, putting a small light next to the water pump, and putting a small light outside on the dump line to keep from freezing. I would add some antifreeze to the holding tanks, but not sure how much? Would there also be a problem with the outside shower valves freezing?

If I can't use the fresh water tank for water, could i just use gallons of water for the toilet and washing hands?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dan
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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If it goes to 20 degrees and stays below there for a couple days .... you likely are in trouble. It's not so much the tanks that are the issue as the pipes. With the wrong wind from the wrong direction, you could be in trouble above 20. With some really good luck, you might make it to 15 for a "daily high" without damage. I'd bet not though ....

If there are multiple people in the trailer full time (not to mention a couple of dogs ...) and you are doing normal "stuff" like cooking and showers, the amount of moisture that condenses out on the windows and walls will be pretty crazy. Windows you can mop up by opening them all each morning. The walls behind the cabinets are a bigger issue ... strange stuff starts growing back there (mold).

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