Winter Storms hard lessons to learn

Why can’t dogs sleep in? 5:30 am and they want out? I want to sleep in at least untill 6:30, nope I’m up and a wake.

We have learned alot this last week. We’ve been full time in this RV for almost a year and still learning. But this last week in the cold and traveling we’ve had a big learning curve.

At home we drain everything and don’t use it during the winter, so freezing isn’t an issue. But on the road we need the toilet, water so draining it all and not using it isn’t much of an option.

Things we did to prepare.

Put a heater in the belly of the beast. Helps to keep the water pipes, holding tanks from freezing, worked out really good. Heated water hose ours is rated for -40 F

We learned it’s best when temps are going to be in single digits for few days.. Hook up sewer and water but don’t open gray water tank until it’s about half full then dump, close again.

The spigot froze so we didn’t have shored water.. If this is the case don’t run water pump, use bottle water, don’t have holding tanks full, make sure that’s there’s something in the water heater and keep it on.

I made the mistake of trying to turn on the water pump. It wouldn’t come on, so we’ll have to see if it got frozen and killed it. We are waiting for few warm days before trying it.

We left the gray water open, I thought you leave the water running a little bit it’d help keep it all from freezing.. Nope the sewer hose froze solid and broke.

So we figure if happens again Keep holding tanks as empty as possible, drain water heater if you can, if not keep it on, put a heater in the belly. Have plenty of bottle water..

Best to go somewhere it won’t get that cold!!!

What do you do to handle extreme cold in your RV?

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