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Old 10-15-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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I live in Florida, however I have to be in Indiana with my 38' RW for a family medical concern for the month of December. With all the expertise with this forum I need some sound advise on what I should do, purchase and look for when I stay for a month in cold Indiana? I have found a camp site that will be open. All suggestions are welcome.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:16 AM   #2
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I've been looking at one of the new heated water hoses. However, is the Indiana campground even going to have their water/sewer system operational? In Michigan, the campgrounds shut off their systems in November, even if the campground is open. Then it's haul water time!

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Old 10-16-2014, 12:21 AM   #3
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http://www.redwoodowners.com/forums/...ead.php?t=2340

Check out this link, it has exactly what you need.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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I live in Florida, however I have to be in Indiana with my' RW for a family medical concern for the month of December. With all the expertise with this forum I need some sound advise on what I should do, purchase and look for when I stay for a month in cold Indiana? I have found a camp site that will be open. All suggestions are welcome.

I have lived in Indiana virtually my entire life although I have traveled extensively. The coldest that I have seen in northeast Indiana was approximately 30 years ago when we had -24F degrees at Christmas. About 6 years ago, I was mowing the lawn in early December with temperatures in the 60F degree range. The point is that you can get about anything. Most years, and for the past 20 years, you can expect temperatures ranging from 20F to 40F degrees.

I would recommend planning to use heat tape and insulation on your water supply lines and keep the supply faucet heated and insulated. I don't think you need to worry too much about your drain if you have sufficient drain angle.

Good luck and think warm.
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I got one of the thick heated hoses just in case North Texas goes thru Global Cooling
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I got one of the thick heated hoses just in case North Texas goes thru Global Cooling
Last winter in the Florida panhandle near Destin, our water supply froze one night when the temperature dropped to 19F because I hadn't paid close attention to the weather forecast. My solution, "go further south young man". It was really my wife's suggestion.
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I've stayed in -5 degree weather in a Keystone Cougar, here is what I think you should do for the Redwood. This is my opinion for just staying a month.

New style Pirit Heated water hose a must! Heat tape on faucet buried at least 9 inches below ground level.
Leave tanks open when hooked to sewer, drain fresh water tank, winterize water lines to get antifreeze into outside shower hookups, low point drains and ice maker water line (do not drain antifreeze out of these three areas) turn shutoff valve off on ice maker. Pour a gallon of antifreeze into fresh water tank. Depending on how cold it gets you may want to purchase a 100lb propane tank to hook in. If it gets cold you'll probably go thru a 40lb tank a week if not more. Electric heaters are nice but use in moderation they will not heat your underbelly where all your water lines are. Vent pillows in the vents will help keep some heat in also. In my opinion for staying just a month ground skirting and insulating the windows is to much of a hassle.
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There is also another thread about wintering IN your RW.
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I've stayed in -5 degree weather in a Keystone Cougar, here is what I think you should do for the Redwood. This is my opinion for just staying a month.

New style Pirit Heated water hose a must! Heat tape on faucet buried at least 9 inches below ground level.
Leave tanks open when hooked to sewer, drain fresh water tank, winterize water lines to get antifreeze into outside shower hookups, low point drains and ice maker water line (do not drain antifreeze out of these three areas) turn shutoff valve off on ice maker. Pour a gallon of antifreeze into fresh water tank. Depending on how cold it gets you may want to purchase a 100lb propane tank to hook in. If it gets cold you'll probably go thru a 40lb tank a week if not more. Electric heaters are nice but use in moderation they will not heat your underbelly where all your water lines are. Vent pillows in the vents will help keep some heat in also. In my opinion for staying just a month ground skirting and insulating the windows is to much of a hassle.
Curious as to why you recommend leaving the gray tanks open? I would think the odds of a 45 gallon tank freezing solid are pretty low. And in the case of the Redwood the black tanks are physically below the gray tanks so it's likely to freeze first. My thinking is the heat energy contained in a large body of water will make it less likely to freeze than a small body or puddle.

I absolutely wouldn't recommend leaving both gray tanks open with a valve on the outlet like I typically do in the warmer months. That 4" PVC pipe that's exposed underneath will freeze very quickly in that situation.
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I know you wouldn't think they would freeze but they do and they will quick in cold weather. I was staying in a campground when I high end diesel pusher strolled in and got caught in a winter storm and couldn't leave. His tanks froze in two days solid, had to use propane heaters under the coach took over 24 hours to thaw them out it wasn't fun. I'm not sure what valve your talking about but no you don't want anything but a sewer hose connected to the drain. Take long showers and your hose will clean out well. The only real problem is the black tank getting solids built up that's another story to fix this.
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