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It got down to 14 last night. Tried to dump around noon but the Main Sewer pipes was frozen solid. So far I have put heater underneath pipe to no avail. Tried tapping on it to break it up, nope. Poured RV antifreeze down sewer, no go. Tomorrow I am going to put wifes heating pad on pipe for most of the day. Its supposed to get up to 50 tomorrow, so I hope we can break this up. Any other ideas?

 

2012 Chapparal by Coachman,

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Are you serious about using your wife's heating pad??? You're joking, right? Have you asked her?? I hope you have your lawyers# on your speed dial.

 

 

I'd disconnect it and shut the valve if possible. and elevate one end of the frozen one.

 

Mine froze then broke when I was handling it. The whole thing went into 2 plastic bags then into the adjacent RV parks dumpster. Destroy the evidence.

 

With my luck it would wind up on UTubes epic failures.

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It got down to 14 last night. Tried to dump around noon but the Main Sewer pipes was frozen solid. So far I have put heater underneath pipe to no avail. Tried tapping on it to break it up, nope. Poured RV antifreeze down sewer, no go. Tomorrow I am going to put wifes heating pad on pipe for most of the day. Its supposed to get up to 50 tomorrow, so I hope we can break this up. Any other ideas?

 

2012 Chapparal by Coachman,

 

Is your tow vehicle broke down??? If not drive south till it thaws and then drive a little farther south and set up camp...for a couple of months!!! Seriously, the heat wrap is the way to go. Wrap it, turn it on and go back inside where it is warm!!!!

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The OP didn't say that they left the water hose or sewer hose hooked up. They never mentioned either. I got the impression that the piping was exposed where it came out of the tank and before the valve. Perhaps that area is not insulated well. Or, they could have been referring to the hose, in which case they could just use a different sewer hose and drain their tank. But, they used the word "pipes".

 

I've spent eight winters in my present RV. I always leave the sewer hose hooked up and the grey tank open during the Winter. What I don't do is put a trap in it, like some folks do by placing something under it to create a rise in the hose. This is unnecessary and will result in water trapped which will freeze and block the hose.

 

JMO

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The OP didn't say that they left the water hose or sewer hose hooked up. They never mentioned either. I got the impression that the piping was exposed where it came out of the tank and before the valve. Perhaps that area is not insulated well. Or, they could have been referring to the hose, in which case they could just use a different sewer hose and drain their tank. But, they used the word "pipes".

 

I've spent eight winters in my present RV. I always leave the sewer hose hooked up and the grey tank open during the Winter. What I don't do is put a trap in it, like some folks do by placing something under it to create a rise in the hose. This is unnecessary and will result in water trapped which will freeze and block the hose.

 

JMO

What I have found is if it is real cold any water flowing in the hose will freeze and over a short time will completely block the hose. Trap or no trap. The only solution I have found that works is close the gray valve and only dump when needed. I made a box that in closed the valve and kept a light bulb in it to prevent the valve from freezing.

Bill

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