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Old 11-18-2016, 08:35 PM   #1
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Rushmore with ice-maker - full-timer

I live in my Rushmore Lincoln nearly full time for work in Kentucky. I can see that the water lines are in the climate-controlled storage basements, so they will be fine. The one item that has me puzzled is the water line going to the ice-maker in the frig, which is in the kitchen slideout. I made a closer look today, and what I see is a very short (six inches?) section of blue water line protruding from the main floor area. I seem to recall (don't trust it!) a type of blue water lines that would not rupture from freezing. Is this that? Second item is at the end of this short blue water line is a shutoff valve with a semi-clear water line (looks sort of like aquarium air line) that is about three feet long that goes into the slideout floor behind the frig. I shut the valve off and disconnected this line, figuring it would drain out. After taking it off though and seeing how thick it is, I really don't know that freezing would hurt it to begin with.
For you folks with ice-makers and exposed water line to it, do you shut it off and drain, or wrap the lines, or ... ? I'll have to do whatever Saturday, as the three nights after tomorrow will drop into the 20's.
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Old 11-20-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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I have the exact same concerns!
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have the exact same concerns!
Both tonight and tomorrow night are to be hard freezes, but the proximity of campers to each other here on "contractor row" we usually come in several degrees warmer. There are advantages to being packed in like sardines. Hopefully someone with hard knowledge will jump in. And I'll be sure to post any, uh, "events" and we can share.

In the meantime, I'm slowly putting 3/8" insulation board in areas I think will help get through the winter. So far, I have the back window and both sides of the bed slideout. The slot has clear plastic on both sides, sort of like a double pane window to let some light in and so the wife and I will have some concept of when the sun is coming up. I plan on covering the LR slide out windows and more of the slideout sides. I figure every little bit will help keep the cold out and save some propane!
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:04 PM   #4
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When you say "hard freezes" how cold does 'hard' mean to you?


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Old 11-20-2016, 06:33 PM   #5
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Mid-20s and below qualify, some say anything under 30 degrees.
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:38 PM   #6
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It got to 13 here and all was ok, but it didn't stay cold very long. As soon as the sun was up it got warm pretty fast, well above freezing


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Old 11-21-2016, 05:25 AM   #7
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Got me beat by 10 degrees, I saw 23 at the bottom of the hill. I'm gonna hook my water line back up and hope for the best.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:16 PM   #8
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On my springfield, the fridge water line is tapped from the cold water supply center island, then goes under the floor and out to the fridge that is located in the slide. I believe this line might be exposed to some point, but I have winterized and will not be able to check until spring. If you will be stationary for a bit, might not hurt to invest in some heat tape to wrap the line going to the fridge. The line is a very small clear plastic line.
I also use the bubble wrap on the inside to reflect the heat in the summer and keep the heat in during the colder months of camping.
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