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Old 02-05-2024, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hi...new to the forum. I have a 22 Windsport. I live in Northern VA and will be going to GA (Northeast of Atlanta) for a week in a couple weeks. The temps average anywhere from mid 20s to low 30s for night time lows. My plan is to de-winterize in the morning of my departure date and head south right after. I'm not going to put any water in my FW tank and will connect via a heated hose when I stop. Once my trip is complete, I will disconnect and drain all my faucets and head north back to Northern VA and then winterize until spring. I'm paranoid about have any plumbing issues due to my lines freezing, so is my plan ok or do I need to do something else? Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-05-2024, 12:27 AM   #2
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All of the plumbing is inside the RV (except if you have an outside shower). If the inside is kept reasonably warm the plumbing will be fine.
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Old 02-05-2024, 12:30 AM   #3
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All of the plumbing is inside the RV (except if you have an outside shower). If the inside is kept reasonably warm the plumbing will be fine.
I do have an outside shower. Anything I should do to protect it?
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Old 02-05-2024, 12:34 AM   #4
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I do have an outside shower. Anything I should do to protect it?
If it's been winterized (antifreeze circulated through or blown clear of water) then leave it be - don't let water get in it.
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Old 02-05-2024, 03:36 AM   #5
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I RV all the time when the nighttime temps are in the 20s and 30s. As long as the daytime temps are gonna be in the 50s and 60s that is. I use the internal water tank since it is in a heated space. I take the hose off the outside shower and open the cabinet under the kitchen sink to allow heat to its back side. Here's my logic. The daytime temps heat up everything. The colder temps, even low 30s and upper 20s have to cool down the RV before they freeze. Most nights the overnight low doesn't get to the bottom until right before dawn and there is not enough time to freeze. But I live in the Central Texas so you have to make your own decision, just giving a southern perspective.
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Old 02-05-2024, 05:10 AM   #6
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Hi...new to the forum. I have a 22 Windsport. I live in Northern VA and will be going to GA (Northeast of Atlanta) for a week in a couple weeks. The temps average anywhere from mid 20s to low 30s for night time lows. My plan is to de-winterize in the morning of my departure date and head south right after. I'm not going to put any water in my FW tank and will connect via a heated hose when I stop. Once my trip is complete, I will disconnect and drain all my faucets and head north back to Northern VA and then winterize until spring. I'm paranoid about have any plumbing issues due to my lines freezing, so is my plan ok or do I need to do something else? Thanks in advance.

Eric
I have identified the limits for operating in cold weather. The day I left for my winter trip the outside temp reached -19f. I have been keeping everything warm by running the heat and a space heater inside the RV and small personal heaters in the basement compartments under the holding tanks and in the wet bay. I still had some freeze up with no damage and things thawed out somewhere between Topeka, KS and Oklahoma City once the outside temperature reached +14f. So, on my unit I can get away with overnight temps down to about +15f. But I have to rely on the onboard water and I am reluctant to dump in such cold temps. On my unit One heat duct runs under the kitchen sink and does a very good job of keeping that part of the plumbing warm so I do not need to open the under sink doors.
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Old 02-05-2024, 07:16 PM   #7
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We just went through some negative temperatures camping. It is a bit scary should the heat fail. I keep plenty of antifreeze on hand in case i need to winterize in a hurry. Otherwise keeping the basement heat turned up and plenty of fuel and we enjoy the cold camping. Normally we use both the Aqua hot and an electric heater or the fireplace.
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Old 02-10-2024, 11:20 PM   #8
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Whan leaving NOVA we make our first night's stop in NC and dewinterize there. Then on the way back we again stop in NC for a night and rewinterize. Then head home. You can do it the way you propose but it's easier to do in a bit better temperature
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Old 02-10-2024, 11:58 PM   #9
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You would actually be better off using the fresh water tank than a heated hose on city water.
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Old 02-11-2024, 12:16 AM   #10
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When we stop overnight in cold temps we will bring in the dinette slide to help the propane furnace and space heater. Makes a big difference in our ARIA.
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