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Old 01-13-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Cold weather problems

I am new to 5th wheeling with my 2015 36FB, and plan to spend a couple months in the mountains this winter. How do Redwoods handle below freezing temperatures? Is there anything I can do to make the coach more comfortable? Or to prevent freeze-ups? Does anyone have any experience with this and suggestions? Thanks. We expect some evenings to go to -10.
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Old 01-13-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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Much below 15* and you'll want to skirt the rig. I put a small heater in the basement and pulled down the wall to keep that area warm. The biggest issue is getting heat to the tank area. Skirting is about the only good option that won't keep you up worried every night.
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drain and turn off water to your icemaker as the tubing goes under and outside the coach to the slide and WILL freeze .
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drain and turn off water to your icemaker as the tubing goes under and outside the coach to the slide and WILL freeze .
Excellent point. I unhooked both ends (one is under sink, other behind fridge) and just blew really hard through the line. It took a few mins and I almost fainted (seriously) but quite a bit of water did come out and most importantly, it was very easy to do. Be sure to turn off the valve first.

Also, it goes without saying use a heated hose. If you'll be staying in one place for a while you might wrap your sewer hose with some insulation unless you have a really good drain angle where there's no standing water. My last sight had the drain at the rear of the Redwood. It took about 30' of hose and the drain was really tall. This meant that the hose was basically full of water the entire time. When that froze at night it made it rather difficult to drain the tanks when needed... Had to really think ahead.
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Excellent point. I unhooked both ends (one is under sink, other behind fridge) and just blew really hard through the line. It took a few mins and I almost fainted (seriously) but quite a bit of water did come out and most importantly, it was very easy to do. Be sure to turn off the valve first.

Also, it goes without saying use a heated hose. If you'll be staying in one place for a while you might wrap your sewer hose with some insulation unless you have a really good drain angle where there's no standing water. My last sight had the drain at the rear of the Redwood. It took about 30' of hose and the drain was really tall. This meant that the hose was basically full of water the entire time. When that froze at night it made it rather difficult to drain the tanks when needed... Had to really think ahead.
Mine is like that right now. My solution was to run 3" pvc, angled like permanent plumbing, from the site drain up until about 2 ft away(about 25 feet) from the RW outlet, then adapted to hose the last 2 feet. That way, the flex hose keeps anything from putting any extra pressure on the RW outlet. It works great.

As for the tanks, I leave both greys open to free flow, and keep the black closed, and set the furnace to 63 during the day, when I'm gone. I run the fireplace, and an oil radiator upstairs, when I'm home. I also keep the furnace at 68 while I'm at home during the evening and night. I keep an oil radiator on all the time in the basement. I have had zero problems with the black tank freezing, and I have been down to zero degrees. I have no skirting, although I wish I had, just for the extra warmth, and lesser propane usage. I get 3-4 weeks out of a #100 pound bottle, using the furnace, and cook stove. I use a pirit heated hose for the water hook up.
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We've been down to 16 degrees outside of Las Vegas for couple of nights. I have a Camco heated hose and had to wrap the spigot to prevent freezing. Like Jerry we set our furnace on 62-63 when gone during the day and we set our electric heater on 65 at night and if really cold I will compliment the electric heat with propane set at about 63. We also use the fireplace quite a bit. My tanks have not frozen so far.
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Excellent point. I unhooked both ends (one is under sink, other behind fridge) and just blew really hard through the line. It took a few mins and I almost fainted (seriously) but quite a bit of water did come out and most importantly, it was very easy to do. Be sure to turn off the valve first.

Also, it goes without saying use a heated hose. If you'll be staying in one place for a while you might wrap your sewer hose with some insulation unless you have a really good drain angle where there's no standing water. My last sight had the drain at the rear of the Redwood. It took about 30' of hose and the drain was really tall. This meant that the hose was basically full of water the entire time. When that froze at night it made it rather difficult to drain the tanks when needed... Had to really think ahead.
Are you in Albuquerque LWG? c-c-c-c-cold here with a little snow this morning.
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Be sure to run furnace when really cold as it has duct to tank area, I think running auxiliary heat sources reduces furnace run time & that causes some freeze problems. As stated by others we have been in sub zero temps with no underpinnings & only freezing at the faucet.
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Are you in Albuquerque LWG? c-c-c-c-cold here with a little snow this morning.
Not right now. Back in Northern OK for about another month and then headed back to Fruita. Hoping the really big cold snaps will be over by then...
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How do you get to the ice maker line behind the refrigerator? Does it pull out?
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