When we ended last, we were safe in Tacoma and the Xmas holidays were fast approaching. I guaranteed you that we would let you know how the Motor Home handles freezing climate.
Lessons in Cold Weather RVing:
It was December, yet temperatures below freezing in Tacoma are uncommon. So, when the temperature level the opening night there got down right into the 20s (-9 C) we were completely captured off guard.
Right here’s what took place:
The hose attaching us to water froze
The plastic pipe leading to the fresh water storage tank froze
The gas/propane heater ran a lot of the night
I require to tell you, our Rexhall Aerbus is a high quality motorhome and all the pipes are confined and also access is with a secured exterior container. We thought that would suffice if the temperatures came down to cold or simply below. Reality is, had is only been a couple of levels below freezing, we possibly would have been ALRIGHT. The issue was that it got more than simply a little below freezing!
Lesson # 1 – How to Maintain Pipeline From Cold
If your water links or any of your water lines are exposed to the outside, even temperatures just below freezing can ice up and also crack your lines. Even if your lines and also load points are enclosed in bins or compartments, if those areas are not heavily insulated as well as warmed, just having the sewer line or water tube turning up with a gain access to opening can generate the freezing temps and problems … as we discovered initial hand.
Our basic remedy was to cover a heat tape with a constructed in temperature level sensing unit (concerning $20.00 US) around the revealed pipelines and valves. We got it from the neighborhood hardware store. It’s the kind indicated for outside or crawl space water lines. It looks like an electrical extension cord that has no plug at the end.
When we are in a location that has possible cold temps, we simply plug the warmth tape right into our full connection power box via an added expansion cable (sturdy) as well as the sensor looks after turning on when required.
That’s all we needed to maintain the bin and connections from freezing. We do not attach the water hose pipe in freezing temperature levels, we just fill up the fresh water container as needed. If you were staying in one location for the winter season, you could utilize one more warm tape as well as some insulation wrapped around it on the tube to keep your pipe from cold also.
For boondocking or dry outdoor camping, you might likewise pack the compartment full of insulation or greatly shield your outside water lines to keep them from cold in all but the coldest of temps.
Lesson # 2 – Warm Guns and also Plastic Water Lines Do Not Mix
My dad had a warm gun he made use of for heat diminish on wires and also home windows. We decided to use that to warm up the pipelines as well as obtain the water pump working once again.
Well, utilizing the heat weapon was an excellent suggestion, we simply really did not know just how warm and also how quick it could work. Instead of simply slowly warming the entire area, I made the blunder of blowing directly on the plastic water lines.
In less than 2 minutes, I had heated up the plastic water line so well that it became soft and also with the water line pressurized from the pump … It created a bubble much like bubble periodontal and popped.
I was lucky, my daddy had actually simply been remodeling his kitchen as well as had just the appropriate size plastic water line accessible. So, all I needed to do was surface thawing points out, gradually, and afterwards fix the stood out water line. That was just two installations, about 8 inches of brand-new plastic water line, the warm weapon to warm up the ends and also it all screwed back together in less than half an hour. Like I claimed, I was fortunate to be where I had the devices and supplies to repair it myself.
It conveniently can have been a couple hundred dollars of fixings if I had to have a service center do it.
Finally: Motorhomes, fifth Tires and various other Recreational vehicles can deal with below freezing temperatures. You just require to make use of a little common sense as well as have a back up prepare for when points do not exercise.
Don’t let the cooler weather condition quit you from enjoying your Motor Home year round.
Do test it’s cold weather capabilities near to home or household, simply in case.
Keep added incandescent lights & insulation handy for back-up & repairs
Always thaw frozen pipes as well as tanks gradually – To fast and also thinks can break
As we take a trip all year, we’ll maintain you up to date on what we find out (the hard way) as well as just how you can stay clear of the very same errors (the very easy means).