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Old 12-30-2017
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Default Any winter tips for full time it will drop to 25 here tomorrow

We are in Biloxi MS and it will be dropping to the 25 range tonight for the next week every night and some days not much better.
Was not expecting this cold here but here it is.

We have no gas heat only one kick heater the second one works but the AC keeps turning on as well after a few mins. and a small plug-in heater that does ok and a heating blanket for the bed.

My biggest concern is the dump tanks and water.

We had a freeze a week ago for two nights but not this bad and my water inlet cracked so i had to cut the edges off a new larger one and make new holes and got that put in. I followed directions in a post I looked up.

I was told in the past that with the bus being so old we should not try and use the water heat pads as they can short out and maybe cause a fire.

I do not think the fresh water will freeze up as it is under the bed but the dump tanks might.

Do you think the wast and gray tanks will freeze up at 25 out.
If so how bad is that will they crack?

We just took showers and I then filled the water tank up full so we have water and dumped both wast and gray tanks.

I also unhooked the water hose and filter and drained it so so water can not freeze in it..

We have the silver insulation in all the windows now that helps a lot to keep cold air out.

Is there anything I can do for the gray and wast tanks or do you think they will be ok?

This will be the coldest we have ever been in to date.

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As a backup for the AquaHot I use a 60 watt lamp in the plumbing bay. All tanks are in this bay so even if the AQ quit it should be ok.
Don't know how your tanks are arranged but somebody will chime in soon.
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the 60 watt light is a good idea thanks Paul!!
I dump tanks, disconnect supply water line to coach completely for the cold nites some just run water slightly but I worry that frozen drain will allow coach to flood
we run our aquahot and our electric heat as well we are in bay st Louis so we will get the same weather as you!!
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Ed, as far as your front toe kick heater goes. You asked about that before on another thread and I gave you directions for how that should work. You never posted a response. You often don't acknowledge help from people. So, we don't know if you read the post, if you did and if it worked, or if you just ignored it. Not trying to be critical, but those of us that respond to calls for help, usually try to follow up to make sure you are things went as planned, or maybe we need to come up with a better solution for you.

So, as far as getting down to 25° tonight, as long as it gets up into the 40's or so in the daytime you should be fine. If it gets really cold, like it is here -10° by Monday that is a different story. I would put a drop cord with a 60w bulb in the water bay. That should be all you need at almost any temp. below freezing. Then put some windshield washer anti-freeze in your shower drain that may be exposed to cold. The windshield washer stuff is cheaper than the pink stuff and will do the same thing. You can put salt in the waste tanks if things get really cold, but I don't think that is an issue for you now.
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I'll second the salt in the tanks. It get that cold in Northern AZ and thats all I use.
Put it in the shower trap too, which AFAIK is the only one exposed to the cold.

Light bulbs, if you can find them are great! I use goldenrods in my bays instead of lamps...
https://www.amazon.com/Goldenrod-725...ldenrod+heater


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Light bulbs, if you can find them are great! I use goldenrods in my bays instead of lamps...
https://www.amazon.com/Goldenrod-725...ldenrod+heater


HTH, Joe

Golden rods can also be found at sporting goods stores, Cabela's, Dicks ect. Used in gun safes for keeping humidity down.

just an FYI in case someone doesn't have time to wait on shipping.
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Rock salt,ice creme salt,water softener salt.
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Hi i did check back a few times and did not get a response than did not check back after that. i will take a look. Thanks

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Ed, as far as your front toe kick heater goes. You asked about that before on another thread and I gave you directions for how that should work. You never posted a response. You often don't acknowledge help from people. So, we don't know if you read the post, if you did and if it worked, or if you just ignored it. Not trying to be critical, but those of us that respond to calls for help, usually try to follow up to make sure you are things went as planned, or maybe we need to come up with a better solution for you.

So, as far as getting down to 25° tonight, as long as it gets up into the 40's or so in the daytime you should be fine. If it gets really cold, like it is here -10° by Monday that is a different story. I would put a drop cord with a 60w bulb in the water bay. That should be all you need at almost any temp. below freezing. Then put some windshield washer anti-freeze in your shower drain that may be exposed to cold. The windshield washer stuff is cheaper than the pink stuff and will do the same thing. You can put salt in the waste tanks if things get really cold, but I don't think that is an issue for you now.
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We are going out tomorrow so i will try and find some salt.

SO just drop some in the toilet and in the shower. Will it melt and drain out when opened?

How much a cup in each tank our more?

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I usually dissolve the salt in hot water and pour it in.
In your case do it every night so there is salt water in the traps.

Also, a good idea to put the salt water in after a dump so the dump valves have salt water near them... Not really sure if that works, dosnt hurt though ;}


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