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Old 04-02-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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After being a member of this forum for nearly 5 years, I finally have a new CF305SKP sitting in my driveway. We just got back from RVW earlier this evening. We went down yesterday, got the tour of the trailer and had the hitch installed in the truck. All went well, in fact from the time we finalized the contract until we took delivery, RVW put the hitch on sale which saved us $189.00. They gave us the option of an in-store credit so we spent it on things we needed anyway. Last night at Indian Lake State Campgrounds the temperature got down to the low 30's, so the furnace got a good workout. Now that we're back in Michigan the temperatures might get down to the low 20's or upper teens on a few more nights. Can anyone tell me what temperatures might be a problem? At what temperature is running the furnace not even enough? What other things can be done short of re-winterizing the trailer?

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Old 04-02-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Congrats! How about some pics of the new rig? As for the furnace, we have used our Seville right down to 0F. We keep the electric fireplace going which outs out some heat, but would still go through a 30lb propane bottle every other day.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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Winterizing should only take 1/2 hour or so. IMHO better to be safe then sorry.


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Old 04-03-2011, 01:22 AM   #4
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We have run water in the trailer down to -20C while camping with the furnace on with no freezing. If you are going to have it parked I would winterize it though.
We have also camped into the -30C's and the furnace has kept up. At those temps we usually run 1 or 2 small electric heaters, mostly to help circulate the air.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #5
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Congrats Gary, Your going to love it.

I agree with the others. Unless you are planning to use it soon I would winterize it to be safe. If you do want to use it in the near future and not winterize it right away you could set the thermostat in the low forties to keep it and the pipes in the basement from freezing but that will still use a lot of propane and you will have to be plugged into shore power or the furnace will drain your batteries quickly.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:06 AM   #6
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Congrats, may you have many good times in your new 5'r. In my other trailer (it was not insulated nearly as well as yours is) I once let things get a little frozen, Iset the furnace on 68 degrees and let it run for a few days and it thawed everything out with no problem. If youhave it set up and are staying in it I would not worry about it unless it got extremly cold. If you are putting it away and freezing temps are ahead winterize it. Don't forget the outside shower itsvery suseptable to freezing temps.

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Old 04-05-2011, 06:17 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new trailer. I wouldn't worry to much about freezing unless its going to drop below freezing and stay there for a couple of days. I usually don't winterize until early December which gives me several nights well below freezing and have never had a problem.

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Old 04-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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Running the pink stuff through is a lot less money than propane and far less money than a bursted pipe. It's quick, easy piece of mind.


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Old 04-05-2011, 01:41 PM   #9
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Congrats on the new trailer....I would just run a small electric heater and leave the cabinet doors open...that is if you have a source of juice.....otherwise, as others have said, might be better to run a bit of pink stuff...


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