How to Keep an RV Water Hose From Freezing

How to Keep an RV Water Hose From Freezing
One of the great things about camping out of an RV is that the creature comforts offered make winter camping relatively easy. However, to take the RV out in freezing conditions means taking steps to winterize it, and in particular to prevent the water lines from freezing. Your RV is even more prone to frozen pipes than your house, so winterizing those pipes and lines is critical for winter RV use.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Go around the RV to wherever you can access the outside water lines and wrap them in heat tape and then encase them in foam pipe insulation. You may wish to do this inside the RV as well, if you do not intend to keep the interior very warm.
Step 2
Repeat the process of wrapping with heat tape and foam pipe insulation for the RV's water hook-up hose, or as an alternative replace your normal hose with a heated hose. Plug the heated hose into the RV's electrical system or connect it to its battery, depending on the kind of hose you use.
Step 3
Put a tank heater onto the bottom of the RV water tanks. Do this by cleaning off any grime from the bottom of the tank, peeling off the protective film or paper, and sticking the adhesive side on. Either plug the tank heater into your RV's electrical system or connect it to its battery.
Step 4
Put pipe heaters onto the holding tank piping. These are smaller, wraparound versions of the tank heating pad, so repeat the same process to install them on the outsides of the holding tank pipes.
Step 5
Install skirting around the bottom of your RV. The simplest way to do this is with an insulated RV skirt kit that can be hung without even having to drill holes and mount hooks. This will help protect the tanks on the underside of your RV from the open air.

Tips & Warnings

A superior solution to the skirting question is to measure and saw your own sections of plywood to fit around the bottom of the RV. This will form a solid wall around the underside of your RV. You can even staple a layer of fiberglass insulation on one side, further improving its winterizing qualities.
Keep the gray and black water valves on your RV closed unless you are actually intending to dump from them. Leaving the gray water valve open, as is common in summer, will result in a dam of ice forming behind the nozzle.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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