Colorado RVer’s Quick Guide to Surviving Sub Zero Temps
Hey Montrose, get ready for a blast of strong winds and snow, we're talking subzero temps that will grip our state in a deep freeze just as holiday travel begins.
According to 9news, this current system is likely to bring the coldest air Colorado has experienced since 1990, with windchill that could see 60 degrees below zero. YIKES.
As I am typing this, I am realizing it could be a tough few months inside my RV (my current residence).
So, if you are living in your camper/RV this winter and your living situation sounds similar to mine, here are a few things I learned to do rather quickly to stay on top of these freezing temps. Here is my "Colorado RVer's Quick Guide to Surviving Sub Zero Temps."
#1 Check on Your Water and Heater Hose
I found that taking a pool noodle and cutting it in half and wrapping it around your water pump and pipe seems to help keep the cold out but still doesn't stop the water from freezing. The best investment for your trailer/camper is a heated water hose.
#2 Keep All Water and Waste Valves Closed
Only open them when you want to dump your holding tanks. If you keep them open, small amounts of water will flow. The water could freeze, clogging your hose from the inside.
#3 Keep Sewer Hose Off the Ground
Keeping the hose off the ground keeps it from freezing to dirt. Having a holder also helps with the downward flow toward the sewer.
And finally the big one,
#4 Make Sure to Fill Your Propane tanks
If you are going to be spending the entire winter in your rig, make sure all your propane tanks are filled. you don't wanna run out of gas in the middle of the night.
Of course, your best bet is attaching yourself to a larger tank that is filled on a monthly basis. This is a huge headache saver. Contact your local Propane dealers or the park manager to make those arrangements.
#5 Warm up your sleeping Area
If you are not into running your space heaters all night to stay warm, may I suggest using flannel sheets, warm linens, or even an electric blanket or pad to help take the chill out of the bed?