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    A fellow just can't carry a big enough shovel to take care of accumulations of snow...



    On February 15, our cold weather and first snow started. Low temps that morning was about minus 7 degrees. At 4:55 am while up to go to the restroom, we had water. At about 7:00 am when we got up, we had nothing. In the past, we experienced low temperatures as low as minus 6 degrees, but no real chill factor. On those occasions, only the hot water line from the water manifold to the kitchen sink froze up. This time, all water was gone.

    We bumped up the thermostat settings to our two furnaces and even added a small electric heater to the basement. In spite of temps in the underbelly of 47 degrees, we never thawed out. Thus, I began to suspect that our outside supply water hoses froze up, in spite of them being heat-taped and with two layers of foam tube insulation around them. The afternoon of the 16th, we went into town to spend the night at our youngest son's new-to-him house. We really wanted showers, I really wanted to shave, and we needed to see if his house had any freezing issues with such cold weather. The house was fine, the showers felt good, and this morning, I felt human again after shaving.

    After returning to the RV the afternoon of the 17th (today) we discovered that our water was back. Apparently, even though the temps outside still aren't above freezing, the heat tapes did their job of thawing out the water supply hoses. I went out a while later to check to see if there were any leaks at the hoses or anywhere under the RV, and all is good there as well.

    All I can say is that God takes care of old fools.

    Terry
    Terry and Jo

    Mobile Suites 2010 38TKSB3 #5332
    2008 Ford F450
    2019 Ford Expedition MAX as Tag-along or Scout

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    Terry, glad you and Jo are okay. It sounds like you are running on city water, rather than your tank. If you had filled your fresh water tank and disconnected your hose, would you have had water? We had a couple of nights of -9 in the Foretravel, but we always run from our own tank, and we had no issues.

    BTW, a pipe froze at school Monday night and one building hasn't had water yesterday or today. Naturally the pipes aren't telling where the problem is, so we just have to guess. The kids think we should call off school. I told them to just go to the other building.
    David, kb0zke
    Full-timing since 2014

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      Yes, David. Things should have been good with using the fresh water tank, however, we seldom ever use that and it has probably been emptied over time. I need to get some water into the fresh water tank. Sadly, as with most all "gauges," the tank gauge indicators in the "coat closet" just don't do the job. We did have a new 12V pump installed in the RV fairly recently. Come to find out, someone at some point had plumbed the pump wrong. That might have been me, because at one point I had added a check valve to prevent water from filling the fresh water tank through the pump system from the city water.

      Oh, and would have probably had water if I had run the heat tape further up and onto the 90-degree elbow at the RV's city water inlet. In the past, I've also stuffed some insulation into the hole in the bottom of the utilities compartment where the hoses come in.

      Terry
      Terry and Jo

      Mobile Suites 2010 38TKSB3 #5332
      2008 Ford F450
      2019 Ford Expedition MAX as Tag-along or Scout

      Our Photos on Smugmug

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