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Old 03-09-2018, 06:13 PM   #1
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Freezing weather conditions

I'm heading into some 20 degree weather and was wondering should I drain my water tank or keep it pretty full in my Thor chateau. I am leaving the water lines drip at night but was wondering about the overall tank is it better to store it full or empty for a few weeks to avoid a crack.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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I'm heading into some 20 degree weather and was wondering should I drain my water tank or keep it pretty full in my Thor chateau. I am leaving the water lines drip at night but was wondering about the overall tank is it better to store it full or empty for a few weeks to avoid a crack.
if it is only for a short period of time like overnight a full tank dripping from the drain port would work. If its days I would worry and just drain it.. I would also be very careful with the hot water tank. Either leave it on or drain it.
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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I agree!
But isn't the whole point of having an RV: the ability to avoid freezing weather?
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:18 PM   #4
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Thanks. I will drain the hot water and drip the water from the faucets while it's in storage for a few weeks. Hate to winterize it for 2 weeks but you never know in Columbus it could be 71 day 17 the next. Thanks
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The faucets when they drip I have the pump on but if I'm gone is it okay to shut the pump off and just open the faucet with a drip Plus the outside
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:29 PM   #6
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Thanks. I will drain the hot water and drip the water from the faucets while it's in storage for a few weeks. Hate to winterize it for 2 weeks but you never know in Columbus it could be 71 day 17 the next. Thanks
If you are not in the rv and rv is not warm dripping the faucets is not going to help. you have no way to drip the toilet. you also have to worry about the waste tanks.

Have you every winterized with a air compressor. That's how I do mine. I take trips from Chicago to Florida a few times each winter and I just use the air compressor to blow out the lines on my way back home. only take about 15 minutes and the little compressors work great for it and we dump the waste tanks before we come home and use RV antifreeze to use the toilet. I never put antifreeze in my water lines.
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I agree!
But isn't the whole point of having an RV: the ability to avoid freezing weather?
I know LOL I was forced to come back from the desert in Arizona to do my taxes in Ohio! Can't wait to get back out there.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:00 AM   #9
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I am one of the 100 of thousands in the northeast with no power. I fired up my challenger a day before the storm hit and filled the water tank with 100 gallons of water and what I do while using the motor home is I put a small space heater in the water control. They advertise it saying that if the temp is 70 degrees in the cabin, the basement will be 70 degrees don't believe it.

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Old 03-11-2018, 01:13 PM   #10
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From reading all of the OP posts I assume he is asking about storing in cold temps for a period of time. If this is the case then the RV needs to be properly winterized. Traps and toilets for pretty unforgiving if you simply drain the tanks and let it sit in 20 degree temps storing it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:26 PM   #11
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Winterizing ??

In response to?? re winterizing if you don't empty the lines and the water pump is not empty you will crack the pipes somewhere and damage the water pump so that it leaks. slowly. I replaced the water pump after a previous owner allowed it freeze. It took us a while to figure out where the leak was in our Thor.. At first we figured it was simply condensation coming off a low point in the rig when we spotted the wet spot on the ground near the fresh water tank drain. Dismantling the area where the pump was and then operating it allowed us to detect the weeping area. Replacing the pump it was obvious it was previously frozen fitting.

I agree weather near freezing is a pain, I am about to dig my rig out of a snowbank for our first trips of 2018. It still has blown out lines and antifreeze in the bottoms of various tanks, sinks and toilets.

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