When we left last, we were safe and secure in Tacoma, and the Christmas holidays were fast approaching. I promised to let you know how the RV handles the freezing of the weather.
Cold Weather Tutorial:
was December, but it is seldom encountered during Tacoma's freezing. So, when the temperature was the first night until the 20s (-9 degrees C), they were completely caught in guard.
Here's what happened:
- The water-hose connecting frozen
- The plastic pipe leading to the fresh water tank froze
- The gas / propane furnace ran the most part of the night
- Do not let the colder weather prevent you from enjoying the RV throughout the year.
- Test the cold weather at home or near family, just in case.
- Keep extra filament lamps and insulation and repairs
- Frozen tubes and tanks should always be released slowly – Breaking fast and thinking
I have to say that Rexhall Aerbus is a good engine housing and all the pipes occupy a closed space and access is done in a sealed external storage. We thought it would be enough if the products were freezing or just below them. The truth was that it was only a few degrees below freezing, probably we would be okay. The problem was that it was more than a little under freezing!
Lesson 1 – How to Keep Tubes From Frosting
If outside the water connection or water lines, freezing temperatures can freeze and break the line. Even if the lines and filling points are enclosed in tanks or compartments, if these areas are not heavily insulated and heated, only when they enter the sewer or the plumbing through the access hole, they may enter the frozen temps and problems … we found out first.
Our simple solution was to heat a heat tape with a built-in temperature sensor (around US $ 20.00) around the exposed pipes and valves. We got the local hardware store. It's a kind of thing that is about waterways from outside or migrating. It looks like an electric extension cable that is not plugged in at the end
If in an area where there is a possible freezing temps, just plug the heat tap into the full power supply unit with an extra extension cable (heavy) and the sensor will turn on the power on, if necessary.
All we had to do was keep the container and the connections frozen. The water hose is not connected at freezing point, only fill the fresh water tank as needed. If you are in one place in winter, you can use another heat tape and an insulation around the hose to keep the hose from freezing.
For spacious or dry camping, the compartment is also fully enclosed or securely insulated by external water pipes to keep them freezing at the coldest but coolest pace.
Lesson 2 – Heat Guns and Plastic Lines Do not Mix
My father was a heat gun that was shrunk through pipes and windows. We decided to use it to heat the pipes and to re-operate the water pump.
Good idea: using the gun is a good idea, we did not know how hot and how fast it could work. Instead of slowly warming up the whole compartment, I made a mistake directly on the plastic water pipes.
In less than two minutes I warmed the plastic water pipe, it was soft and was pressurized with the plumbing pump … It created a bubble like bubble gum and kicked out.
I was lucky, my dad had just redesigned his kitchen and had just the right size of plastic water tank in his hand. So all he had to do was slowly dissolve things and then fix the plumbing. It was just two fittings, about eight inches of new plastic plumbing, the heat gun warming their ends and twisting it all in less than 30 minutes. As I said, I felt fortunate to have the tools and supplies there to fix myself.
It would have been a few hundred dollars to repair if you had to do a repair shop. Conclusion: Motorhomes, 5th wheels and other RVs can be handled below freezing temperatures. You just have to use a little sane sense and make a safety plan when things do not work.
We travel annually, keep up-to-date what we learn (the hard way) and how to avoid the same mistakes (easy way).
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