How do you keep RV Pipes from Freezing When Camping

Generally, camping is usually done during summer. When the weather is good and sunny, this is a good time for camping. But man, by nature is very curious and wants to explore and try new things.

RV Freezing ?

Going camping during cold weather is one thing some people like to do. When doing this, one must be prepared to face whatever situations may happen during the camping. Cold weather camping can bring different obstacles. One of them is frozen pipes.

How is frozen recreational vehicle pipes be prevented from freezing?

INSULATING THE PIPES

To prevent your recreational vehicle’s pipes from freezing when camping, you must insulate them. Go around your recreational vehicle and look for those pipes which you can have access to.

Wrap the pipes in heat tape then cover them with foam pipe insulation. Do this to all the pipes around your recreational vehicle.

You should also wrap the pipes inside your recreational vehicle with heat tape and cover it with foam pipe insulation. The same process you did with the pipes outside your recreational vehicle. Do this with the pipes inside your recreational vehicle so your interior will not be too warm.

You also have the option of buying heated water hose which are available in stores and online. Either you insulate your recreational vehicle’s pipes yourself, or you opt to buy hated water hose, it is fine. Just make sure you insulate all the exposed pipes of your recreational vehicle. And do not forget those pipes inside your RV as well.

TANK AND PIPE HEATER

Aside from insulating the pipes of your recreational vehicle, You also need to put heaters on your water tanks and pipes.

Water Tank Heater

Your water tank must be protected from the freezing temperature of the cold weather. This is why you need to put a water tank heater beneath it.

By doing so, you need to clean your recreational vehicle’s water tank of grime and other elements. Once the water tank is clean, attach the water heater, with the adhesive side, to the water tank. Then connect the water tank to its battery or the recreational vehicle’s electrical system.

Another way to prevent your recreational vehicle’s water tanks from freezing is by adding RV antifreeze to it.

The Pipe Heater

Pipe heaters must also be placed on the pipes of the holding tanks. The pipe heating pads are smaller versions of the water tank heater. Do the same procedures you did when putting the water tank heater onto the tank.

Clean the pipes of grime and dirt. Once clean,  attach the pipe heating pads with the adhesive sides on to the holding tanks piping of your recreational vehicle.

WINTERIZING YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

The best way to protect your recreational vehicle’s pipes and water tanks is to winterize it. Winterizing your recreational vehicle means doing things to it that will protect not only your recreational vehicle but its occupants as well. How do you winterize your recreational vehicle then? Continue reading and you will find some tips below.

Skirting Your Recreational Vehicle

Most recreational vehicles are not designed for extremely cold weather. If there is really a need for you to go out and use your recreational vehicle during cold weather, then you must prepare for it.

Skirting your recreational vehicle means you attach a fabric, just like a skirt on the lower part of your recreational vehicle. Then put a heater beneath it.

If a skirt is not available, improvise and be resourceful. Since snow is available in the vicinity, pile up snow in the sides of your recreational vehicle, but leave a space beneath it for the heater.

Covering Windows And Doors

Protecting your recreational vehicle from the cold does not only mean on the outside. You also need to keep the interior of your recreational vehicle warm and cozy.

To do this, you need to insulate your doors and windows. Covering your recreational vehicle’s doors and windows with thick fabric or with insulators will keep the cold from entering the interior of your recreational vehicle.

Keeping the interior of your recreational vehicle warm will help in preventing the pipes of your recreational vehicle from freezing.

Interior Heating System

Protecting your recreational vehicle from the cold does not only mean on the outside. You also need to keep the interior of your recreational vehicle warm and cozy.

To do this, you need to insulate your doors and windows. Covering your recreational vehicle’s doors and windows with thick fabric or with insulators will keep the cold from entering the interior of your recreational vehicle.

Keeping the interior of your recreational vehicle warm will help in preventing the pipes of your recreational vehicle from freezing.

 Your recreational vehicle’s heating system must work properly. Inner heaters must be reliable and dependable. It cannot malfunction and not work properly.

But maintaining a heater using electricity for a long period of time will be quite expensive. But do not despair. There are several alternatives for making your recreational vehicle warm on the inside. These options or alternatives are less expensive.

  • Using a pellet stove – the pellet stove is environment-friendly. It produces heat faster. Although it produces heat, there is no moisture build up from it. It produces heat more efficiently than other heaters.
  • The propane heater – this type of heater uses propane to keep the inside of your recreational vehicle warm. It does not use electricity but warms just like the heater which uses electricity. Although this is a simple type of heater, you need a professional to have it installed. And this is not recommended if you have pets traveling with you.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

When going camping during extremely cold weather, there are several things which are important and you need to remember.

  • Insulate the pipes of your recreational vehicle to prevent it from freezing.
  • Winterize your recreational vehicle when camping in extremely cold weather.
  • Insulate the interior of your recreational vehicle.
  • Remember to always disconnect your water hose during freezing temperature.
  • Keep your bed warm by using heated mattresses.
  • Make sure you know the pros and cons of camping in your recreational vehicle in extremely cold weather.
  • Make sure you have enough supply of propane for your heating system.

PROTECTING OTHER PARTS OF YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

When you go camping during extremely cold weather, it is not only your pipes and water tanks that need protection from the freezing cold.

The interior of your recreational vehicle is not the only part of it that needs to be kept warm. The engine and generator of your recreational vehicle must also be kept from freezing.

Fuel

The fuel of your recreational vehicle starts to become a gel when exposed to extremely cold temperature. To prevent this, there are fuel additives which will help your fuel retain its liquid state.

You can also mix your recreational vehicle's fuel with winter blend fuel. This type of fuel may be found at truck stops during winter.

Fuel Lines

Extremely cold temperature can cause water vapor to get into your recreational vehicle’s fuel lines. Once there is water vapor in your fuel lines, it can freeze easily and fast under very cold temperature.

To prevent this, there are several things you must do:

  • Make sure that your battery charge is maintained at its maximum level.
  • You also have to make sure that your fuel tank is maintained at its maximum capacity
  • Put a fuel additive to your fuel system to keep it from freezing

Engine

Using an engine block heater can protect your recreational vehicle’s engine from freezing. An engine block heater is used several hours before you start your engine. Once you start your recreational vehicle’s engine, the engine block heater must be turned off.

CONDENSATION

Condensation is the worst enemy that you can have when camping during cold weather. If there is condensation, molds form. Condensation can build up in the cracks on your recreational vehicle’s walls, windows, vents, and other parts of your recreational vehicle.

Molds formed because of condensation can cause foul odor and can make the air inside your recreational vehicle humid. You can use air humidifiers.

You also have to check your vents. Insulate your recreational vehicle’s vents. Improper insulation of your recreational vehicle’s ventilation can also be a source of condensation.

IN CONCLUSION

Going camping during winter, or even in extremely cold weather, may be fun and enjoyable to some. Nobody says that this is not a good thing, but as campers, you need to be responsible.

It is very important that before going on a winter camping trip, you need to prepare your recreational vehicle for whatever situations may occur in extremely cold temperature.

Remember that it is not only your recreational vehicle’s pipes that you need to protect from freezing. You also need to take into consideration and prepare for possible problems connected to other parts of your recreational vehicles.

Responsible recreational vehicle owners protect not only his or her recreational vehicle from all sorts of weather condition. They also have to consider the comfort of the occupants of the recreational vehicle who will be going camping with them.

Camping on extremely cold weather can bring about some unexpected things, so you need to make sure that your recreational vehicle is prepared for any kind of situation or problems the unpredictable weather may bring during your camping trip. Remember, it always helps to be ready and prepared.

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