Recently we had to deal w/ the extreme cold. I want to share how we confronted 5° temps and were able to have flowing water.
Maybe y'all already figured this out. But for those that haven't, like us, or have not experienced these freezing temps, maybe this will help.
We have a 2014 36FB though I'm not sure it really matters.
Above 32° we use 3 heaters: the fireplace and 2 ceramic heaters. The park we are at has free electricity.
Once we went below 32° for an extended period we had problems:
- No water - nothing flows
- Could not pull dump handles- handles were frozen shut
So here's what we did to have flowing water all the time:
- - Replace generic input hose w/ heat wrapped hose
- - Wrap dump hose w/ aluminum foil
- - Place heat tape on outside of aluminum foil of dump hose
- - Wrap dump hose with insulation
- - Make sure dump hose is angled down from RV to sewage
- - Open compartment to under belly and put ceramic heater blowing
- - Set Gas Heat Thermostat at 66° (or whatever you like)
- - Don't use ceramic heaters once temp is below 32° - force the Gas
- - Drip the kitchen and bathroom sinks very slowly all the time
- - Set the ceramic heaters to come on if propane is exhausted
Probably the biggest thing we learned was to use the gas furnace once the temperatures dipped below 32°.
We are now able to sustain very cold temperatures. Yes, it does cost more due to propane use but we can do laundry, dish washing, bathing and toilet even at 5°.
Barton & Marilyn Hammond
2014 36FB, 2012 F350 DRW,
Onan, Washer/Dryer, Dish Washer, Satellite Internet, Comfort Ride Hitch
Current location: Ozarks, MO