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Posted: 01/13/18 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am the kind that likes to use the rig for what it is designed for. If it says it is four season I would just have to try it. But that may not be the smartest thing to do. [emoticon]


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Posted: 01/13/18 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We left upstate NY with a full fresh tank and temps in the single digits and had no freezing problems. We didn't see above freezing temps during the day until northern Virginia, and both day and night until southern Virginia. Go for it...


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Probably too late to add any more but we used to leave Eastern OR in those temps every year. We just left the rig winterized until we got to warm weather and them de-winterized. Just used bottled water and went ahead and used the gray and black tanks knowing there was antifreeze in them. Never had a problem.


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Posted: 01/14/18 05:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Earl E wrote:

Probably too late to add any more but we used to leave Eastern OR in those temps every year. We just left the rig winterized until we got to warm weather and them de-winterized. Just used bottled water and went ahead and used the gray and black tanks knowing there was antifreeze in them. Never had a problem.


It appears you have been using a 5th wheel for travels and I would not travel in Winter weather in many 5th wheels either. However, most class A units are 4 season units designed to be used in most any weather. I am currently in NJ and it was not above freezing for 2 weeks. We were warm and comfy and had full use of our water and all facilities.


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If it really concerns you, we have WATER in Florida so there is no need to bring your own from Detroit. I am also sure that at any RV park you stay at on your way down here, they will also have water available.
If you coach is already Winterized, just leave it the way it is and head on down. The temperatures along the way will dictate IF you want to fill your fresh water tank or not.

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To answer your propane question; "Maybe". Whether it will make the full trip is hard to say, since it depends on how warm you keep the interior, how low the outside temps go, and how many overnight stops you're making along the way. Leaving upstate NY with our two furnaces running and some hot water usage, we refilled our 24 gallon tank in southern Virginia at a 1/4 tank. Many parks have propane on site, so refills are usually not an issue. We also carry a 30 cylinder we can switch to if needed.

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Posted: 01/14/18 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would carry water in the tank, use RV antifreeze in tanks before you leave and check your tire pressure before you leave. With the extreme cold you will loose 1 psi for every 10 degs lower the temp is from when you last checked the air pressure. Then take a tire gauge with you as you head south and check as the temps warm and release air as needed to keep the pressure at manufactures specs. Safes on tire wear and insures proper handling of your rig. When I travel I check the engine oil, other fluids each morning along with the tire pressure when I'm transiting areas of lower or higher temps on a regular basis.


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I would worry more about the water pipes than the water tank.


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AlaskaShooter wrote:

With the extreme cold you will loose 1 psi for every 10 degs lower the temp is from when you last checked the air pressure. Then take a tire gauge with you as you head south and check as the temps warm and release air as needed to keep the pressure at manufactures specs. Safes on tire wear and insures proper handling of your rig.


True, but since the pressure increases at the same rate and tires heat up as they roll, within an hour they are at about 90 deg F regardless of ambient temps.

So if you set the tire pressure at 0 deg F then start driving very shorty the pressure will be about 9 deg higher than what you set it to.

“Cold” tire pressure recommendations are based on about a 65 deg F ambient temperature at the time of taking the reading.

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I cam up from Fl the other day and when I got to Savanna all water was working except the outside faucet which had froze enough that I could not turn the knobs. I put a small electric heater (light bulb would do) in there and continued on up North. Although the temp has been in the teens about every night I have seen no problem other than that. My underneath bays are heated by the propane furnace.

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