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Old 12-30-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Cold weather camping? I have gotten several theories on the best way to camp during cold weather. Do you close all of your sewer valves, or leave the black closed and just dump once it gets full? Currently we are leaving our black closed(that is until the valve cable and or valve broke in the open postion), and the others open?
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:31 PM   #2
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Full timing now, we hard lined the sewer with pvc pipe and skirted the redwood, we leave both grey tanks open and only drain the black when it's full and have had no issues at all!
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Old 12-31-2016, 01:21 AM   #3
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NEVER leave the black valve open!! Doing so will eventually cause you a very stinky mess, they call it a "poop pyramid". You can leave greys open til a day or two before dumping the black, but if it were me in cold weather I think I'd leave them closed.
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Old 12-31-2016, 03:28 PM   #4
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NEVER leave the black valve open!! Doing so will eventually cause you a very stinky mess, they call it a "poop pyramid". You can leave greys open til a day or two before dumping the black, but if it were me in cold weather I think I'd leave them closed.
X2 on this. NEVER LEAVE THE BLACK VALVE OPEN.....If the gray tanks are left open in the winter you could have a big Ice icicle in your drain
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:50 PM   #5
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even when warm I leave the valves closed and just periodically dump - I like the whoosh of a full tank to clean out everything... grey, black, or otherwise

and how cold are we talking about? we just got back from a week after Christmas and no issues, but we usually run the furnaces and water from the tank with no outside connections until needed...
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:21 PM   #6
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Brrrrr in Washington State

20170101_080108.jpgWe are enduring some real cold right now in Washington State. Several inches of snow and sub 30's for many days in a row. That's when RV pipes freeze. From what we have read here the most vulnerable has been the icemaker line in the slide, we shall see! Of course, our furnace is running 24/7, and we are going through some propane (also had several lengthy power outages, so genny running a lot too). I would be very curious from those who have said they had pipes freeze, IF they were in fact running their furnace all the time. I have a remote thermometer in the basement, and it tells me the coldest it gets in the last 24 hours... the lowest so far has been 45 degrees when it was in the 20's outside. That's pretty good. I leave the light on in the wet bay for warmth, because it's sort of isolated. Keeping our fingers crossed that we get through it.

As for the cost of propane? NOTHING compared to freeze damage... I will gladly pay it. I think it's just better to keep the basement warm anyway. I tested the temp of the water coming out of our freshwater tank during a power outage because I thought it was way too cold, but it was 47 degrees. Far from freezing.

Of course we have the electric freshwater hose that is guaranteed freeze-proof to minus 40 (I know, hard to believe) and we close the valves on waste tanks completely to keep sewer hose from forming a big grey-water popsicle. I too like to keep gray closed most of the time too. It keeps debris from becoming dried on in the tanks and smelling.

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Old 01-02-2017, 10:58 PM   #7
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Theresa, That Pic is absolutely beautiful! Lots of snow here in Park City this year also.

Is it normal to get that kind of snow where you are?
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That is a beautiful picture. Being in SoCal we miss the seasons but not the shoveling
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The park we are hosting in is about 800 feet in elevation. We lived in our sticks and bricks less than two miles away for over 20 years... and yes, we do get some snow up here. Not a ton, but enough to slow things down for a few days. Rarely lasts. This has been a nasty cold snap tho.

We were just talking about how this will be our next to last time going through this, because Todd retires in about a year, so YAY for that! If we were retired, we would be headed for Q right now! THOUGH...they just got some nasty flash flooding!
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Old 01-03-2017, 02:11 AM   #10
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I agree - beautiful pic!

Looks like we will be bouncing off the 4 or 5 degrees mark the new several days.
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