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Old 11-08-2022, 08:21 AM   #1
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Help! Frozen pipes!

Ideas on thawing water pipes? We're in a 2022 Montana HC 5th-wheel. We have a heated hose, working fine. Found that the metal pressure gauge, where the hose attaches to the RV in the convenience panel, was frozen. Thawed that out, put a small heater in the convenience compartment overnight and still no water.
 
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Old 11-08-2022, 09:26 AM   #2
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Before heated hoses were avaible I fabricated my own with electrical heat tape and pipe insulation and used it while camping in South Lake Tahoe for two winters. Is important the shore water supply is also electrically traced and insulated.
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Old 11-08-2022, 11:12 AM   #3
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Did you have the propane furnace running? If not, you might turn it on and the heat might thaw the plumbing out. We've been in subfreezing temps and with the furnace running have never had a frozen pipe. There is usually a duct into the belly area that provides heat to keep that area warm.
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I agree with rohrman (above). Turn on your furnace and let it heat the underbelly. Beyond that, there's not much else you can do, except pack up and head South out of the freeze zone.

Montana High Countries are "rated" to zero degrees. But in order to make that happen, the furnace has to be running to keep pipes from freezing and your tank heaters need to be turned on.

On mine, I never pushed the water limit test to anything lower than 20 (above). This last Spring we had the fresh water tank freeze up enough water would not pump. That happened because we ran out of propane in the middle of the night and didn't realize it. I switched over to our 3rd back-up propane tank, got the furnace running again, and in about 4 hours we had water running again. I will admit ... I was worried. But it turned out just fine!
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Old 11-08-2022, 03:33 PM   #5
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Cut your furnace on and relax. They’ll thaw.
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Run your furnace.
Take down the corner panel under your kitchen island. You will see where the pipes come up from the underbelly.
Put a hair dryer down the hole and blow hot air down there for a while.
Also putting a small ceramic heater blowing towards your convenience center will help too.
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Thanks for all the advice everyone.
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Old 11-13-2022, 02:18 PM   #8
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Ideas on thawing water pipes? We're in a 2022 Montana HC 5th-wheel. We have a heated hose, working fine. Found that the metal pressure gauge, where the hose attaches to the RV in the convenience panel, was frozen. Thawed that out, put a small heater in the convenience compartment overnight and still no water.
Besides heated hose I use heat wrap (the special adaptive kind), severe duty light bulbs, and a 750/1500 watt heater in basement. Here is Canadian Amazon link, just change to com if USA
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I am living full time in eastern PA and I have installed a ďNo FreezeĒwater hose that has a 1ft heat trace on each end which you can wrap around fittings on end of hose. So far no issues. I also run my furnace which puts heat down in the basement/storage area. I also run a remote thermometer up through the water line openings into my bathroom so I can monitor temp down there. If for some reason the furnace quits I have installed a reptile heat lamp underneath which is controlled by a thermostat. You can get the whole package on Amazon
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Old 11-15-2022, 06:40 PM   #10
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“ Montana High Countries are "rated" to zero degrees”

Now that’s funny. Unless you mean zero degrees Celsius. Below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you will freeze your butt off, unless you have shore power and a couple of portable heaters . We are boondocking on our property without shore power but with sewer and water. and it is getting down to the low 20s at night. We have insulated our water hose, and keep it running at a trickle all night. So far no frozen pipes.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:50 AM   #11
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ď Montana High Countries are "rated" to zero degreesĒ

Now thatís funny.
I had a sleeping bag that was rated to 40 below and named after the first guy to scale Mount Everest.
You may not freeze to death at 40 below, but you will likely pray for death at some time during the night.
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Campers and zero degrees don't even sound good in the same sentence. Can't imagine trying to live in one during that type of weather.
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You have to run the furnace on propane to keep the basement warm, block the pass through hole in the bottom of the utility cab, I use a plastic bag filled with a few rags and stuff it into the hole around water hose. In the past, I have used large pool noodles with a slit down the side to protect my water line and recall one occasion where I got up, unhooked, and got on the road while the guy in the next spot was still busy with a torch. The absolute best solution, however, is called "Tropical Latitudes".
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