Sunday, December 18, 2016

Water hose



Frozen Water Hose

6:45am - Twayler's incoming water supply is carried by a hose. Last nite the kitchen faucet was set to drip, so that the water in that hose would not freeze.

Awhile later, it was noticed that the grey water tank meter registered full. When the grey water dump valve was set to open, it would not fully open! Was it frozen?

With the grey water tank full, setting the faucet to drip was not a good idea. This morning we found that no water now comes from the kitchen faucet. Must be frozen water in that hose? The faucet was left open, hoping that a tiny bit of water could come thru. But so far, no water.

In yesterday's blog post we wrote that 25℉ was the predicted low. It is now 21℉!

PS: It is now 7am and the kitchen faucet began a slow drip. About 1/second!


7:45am - The Nutcracker this evening
Just remembered that I'm going to a production of The Nutcracker this evening at 6pm. The ballet is being held at Granite High School here in Apple Valley.

I am sooooo excited about being there!



11am - Plumbing working!
The temp is up to 42℉. Apparently Twayler suffered no plumbing damage due to the 21℉ cold snap! The water is running, both cold and hot.

In addition to Andrew's comment/suggestions [below], when a cold snap is due during the nite, we will:
  • Turn off and drain the incoming water hose.
  • Drain both black and grey holding tanks.
  • Have at least 1-gallon water for hand washing and toilet.

4:45pm -  Outside plants injured
Last nite's temperature plunge to a low of 21℉, killed what was left of the flowers and injured badly two elephant ear palms. I brought the two palms inside Twayler and propped up their now sagging stems.

I'm hoping that being in this protected environment will give the palms a chance for survival.


8pm - The Nutcracker cast takes a bow
Little iPhone captured this pic below of the Nutcracker Ballet performance. I read on Google, that 40% of the revenue of all USA ballet companies comes from ticket sales to The Nutcracker!

I've been going to Nutcracker performances for decades!
Thank you, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky!


Closing with entire cast taking bows


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12 comments:

  1. Welcome to "winter" camping. Imagine what's it like when boondocking in snow and 10 degree weather!

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    1. Hi John,

      Yes! I am very happy to be comfortable this morning inside Twayler! Not out in the boondocks.

      Even though I hate the furnace fan noise, I love its warmth!

      George

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  2. Frozen water hoses are no fun but thankfully it always warms up in the day to thaw them. Frozen holding tanks would be another thing though and I trust yours was not frozen.

    Enjoy The Nutcracker!

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    1. Hi Croft,

      I was wondering if a small electric heater were turned on underneath Twayler, if that would provide enough warmth to keep stuff from freezing?

      What do you think?

      Tioga George

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    2. It might, but you would have to have skirting to keep the heat underneath. Otherwise, it will escape and not do much good. Perhaps some of the other people in that campground can tell you how they handle the local temps.

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    3. Hi Grandma,

      Thank you for your thoughts about using a small electric heater. I decided not to go the heater route.

      I came up with a solution on my own:
      * Remove the water hose from the hose bibb early in the evening before the temperature drops.
      * Empty the hose of water.

      That's it. Nothing else necessary to do.

      I am guessing that the three water tanks on Twayler: Fresh, Grey and Black are not in danger. If the water in these tanks freezes, it should melt during the day without causing any damage to those tanks.

      Tioga George

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  3. I lived in a camper in montana through two winters. There are a couple things you can do. First, do NOT let the water drip all night, you can create an ice-dam. Also, they make heating pads that you can stick to the bottom of your water tanks. No matter what I did my valve would always freeze shut despite having full insulated skirting around the base of the camper. What I would do nearly every time I had to empty is I would built a tiny tent around the valve with a small tarp then put a little space heater in there for a bit. Worked every time! I bet with more mild weather there in CA you could just buy a heat gun and get it unthawed pretty fast. Also, shortly before dumping I would put a bunch of hot water into the tank ( be it black or gray ) to help things out.

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    1. Thank you sooooo much, Andrew!

      I have written your recommendations out as a permanent help/reminder for me when cold snaps arrive. 😀

      Tioga George

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  4. And I was complaining about 69 degrees last night.

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    1. Hi Carol,

      Yeh! I read in your Blog about you posting that 55 degrees being cold for Mazatlan.

      I kind of chuckled to myself when I read that. 😀

      George

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  5. Hi George and Team!!!
    Have you ever heard of Quartzite AZ. It is a popular place for old people and campers. There is also BLM camping areas. It might be a nice adventure destination for the team. I would like to be one of those old people with a camper to visit there one day...

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  6. You could be qualified to get a Apple iPhone 7.

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