Caught in Freezing Temps

I have a 2015 [email protected] Outback that is parked in a carport in freezing temps with water in the tanks. I have it hooked up to shore power and the inside is warm enough, but I think the pipes may have frozen already as there's no water coming through the sink faucet or the toilet flush and the fresh water valve under the trailer is frozen in the closed position. Should I keep the Alde heater and/or the hot water heater running until I can get the camper to my service center to thaw out and winterize, hopefully before the pipes burst, or should I just turn everything off and hope for the best? Freezing temps are predicted for the remainder of the week. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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  • dragonsdoflydragonsdofly Posts: 651Member
    @tomanni, to protect interior plumbing from freezing, I'd leave the alde running while keeping the cabinet doors and the bathroom door open. Pour as much pink rv antizfreeze into the black and gray tanks as you can without flooding them, making sure to get some in the sink and shower traps. That's as far as my knowledge takes me. I would not turn everything off and hope for the best, as Murphy's Law applies in all cases. If you can keep the interior lines/fittings from splitting you can avoid interior water damage. Not sure if exterior damage or splitting has occurred, but I know the gate valves do split when frozen. Good luck and if anyone else has any suggestions, please pipe in!
    2017 [email protected] sofitel([email protected])TV 2005 gmc envoy xl. Wyandotte, Michigan.
    Draco dormiens numquam titilandus.
  • tomannitomanni Posts: 8Member
    A few folks on another forum suggested the same things you did, in addition to putting a small space heater underneath the trailer and fashioning a skirt of sorts made from tarps or cardboard around the bottom of the trailer to trap the warm air and promote a thaw. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.
  • SAMSAM Posts: 2,146Member
    Tomanni - Keep the propane off while using that heater under the TaB.  Maybe turn the Alde electric heat up to 2 and leave the hot water setting at the base setting - you want to keep circulating the glycol for cabin heat.
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • tomannitomanni Posts: 8Member
  • pthomas745pthomas745 Posts: 457Member
    Ok, so how is everything working out for you?

  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    @tomanni, Glad to hear everything came out well for you. Curiosity question though...did they blow your lines out, or use the antifreeze method? Just really glad that you came through the ordeal unscathed!  :)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • dragonsdoflydragonsdofly Posts: 651Member
    @tomanni, me too!
    2017 [email protected] sofitel([email protected])TV 2005 gmc envoy xl. Wyandotte, Michigan.
    Draco dormiens numquam titilandus.
  • tomannitomanni Posts: 8Member
    @ericnliz, they use antifreeze. Thanks for the well wishes!
  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    @tomanni, Just make sure you flush the antifreeze out REAL good in the spring, or when temps allow. travel safe out there & have fun! ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

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