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Old 10-21-2021, 01:39 PM   #1
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Heating tape, heated hose...etc

Good afternoon.
I am a relatively new Airstream owner, full time for now while working as travel nurse.
I spent Jan/Feb 2021 on the gulf of Texas, and it froze for the first time in a long time down there. My pipes froze and burst. After that, I had the fittings and pipes replaced with PEX.
I am working on getting better prepared this year, even as I go South again.
My 17 ft 1965 Caravel has a propane heater, I made sure it was in good working order. But to be honest I am nervous about using propane as silly as that sounds. Esp if I am at work for longer hours!
I have a great Vornado heater but when temps dropped below and hovered around freezing it would not do the trick.

Advice on heated hose? I know to disconnect hose when freeze potential.
Heat tape advice?
I may invest in another heater as well, not sure. If so, anyone have a good recommendation?
Any advise I am grateful for, and is appreciated.

Thank you, and take care out there.
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In addition, anyone have Airskirts?
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Old 10-22-2021, 01:28 PM   #3
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We full time in our 2018 27 FBQ and although we are from there, luckily we were not in Texas last winter to experience that event.

We use heated water hoses, have a box with water filters in it that are heated with incandescent light bulbs. I also put one of those styrofoam hose bib covers over the connection at the Airstream. I put a pressure regulator on the water supply dialed to 60 psi as to not damage the heated water hose (donít ask me how I know about that). I also wrap the pressure regulator with a towel.

I also keep the fresh water tank full in the event the RV parks water freezes up.

Since electricity is included in the RV park fee, we use 2 ceramic electric heaters and have the furnace set at a lower temp as a back up in case the electric heaters go off line.

I have seen the AirSkirts deployed on a 30í Classic in Pueblo Colorado this past winter. Talked to the owner and he was happy with their performance.
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I would get the propane system into a state that you can trust it. The number of BTU's you can get from the typical AS propane furnace is *way* more than what the electric heat options can / will / do give you.

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