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Old 11-18-2007, 11:33 AM   #1
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I have a 28ft travel trailer and was wondering if it would be safe to hook-up the water and use the water?

I was told as long as the heater was on in the trailer I would be fine and it would not freeze?

The temp here in CO is to get down to 15 degrees at night this week.

The thought of sharing 1 bathroom with 15 family members doesn't sound fun and would really like to take our travel trailer down to Pueblo, CO this week for the holiday weekend.

Please advise.


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Old 11-18-2007, 01:44 PM   #2
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Well, Firstly, Welcome to the FIBERGLASS R/V forum!!!
Secondly, its hardly worth the risk of frozen/burst water pipes for ANY reason,

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Old 11-18-2007, 02:36 PM   #3
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I was told as long as the heater was on in the trailer I would be fine and it would not freeze?

The temp here in CO is to get down to 15 degrees at night this week.
A lot would depend on how much of your on-board plumbing system is inside and accessible to the heat. Any plumbing or tanks which would be below floor level would be suspect to damage.
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Old 11-18-2007, 03:57 PM   #4
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I lived in a 37ft, insulated camper 4 days a week for 5 years in the bitter cold of winter and found it is quite necessary to prepare the camper and the connections.

I had 3 electric heaters going 24/7 and the propane furnace set should the electric heaters go out. (Furnace ran off of the 12VDC system). (Electricity was provided free at the camp ground).

Leave all cupboard doors open where water pipes are located. Put heat tapes on the outside exposed pipes of the camper to include fresh, Grey, black in and out lines. Even with all that heat there were times that I had to leave the faucet in the kitchen dripping to prevent freezing.

Be sure to put a heat tape on the water supply hose that goes from the camp ground to the camper otherwise that will freeze and burst. I know it says on the heat tape to not cover with insulation or to use on a hose however I put the foam water pipe insulation over the heat tape that was wrapped around the hose and had no problems. You CAN NOT have a heat tape cross or overlap the heat tape because it will melt and short out at that crossing.

I also put rock salt in the grey and black tanks and had heat tapes on them also. They were exposed underneath the camper.

Because I was there for so long, in year 3 I put a black, bendable, semi-hard PVC from the camp ground connection (bib) to the trailer along with the heat tape and insulation. This was possible because I was not moving the camper and it gave me a little more protection. I had a 50psi limiting device at the camp ground bib so it would limit the water pressure to the hose and camper. If you install this device at the camper instead of the camp ground bib, you stand the chance of the water hose getting hot in the summer and pressure over 50psi may balloon and rupture the hose.

Good luck and good camping.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:06 AM   #5
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Scott, you've got some good advice. However, this forum is dedicated to molded lightweight fiberglass RVs. You may get the type of advice you're seeking by asking this question on the forums at RV Net. Here's a link: Open Road Forums at RV Net

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