Many of these thawing techniques are also preventative measures, and the tools used to prepare for cold weather should be staple items in your RV if you will be camping through the winter, and even if you will be camping in the fall or very early in the spring when the weather in many areas can surprise you with early or late freezing temperatures. In this article, we will discuss the parts of the RV water system that could freeze, tools you might want on hand to thaw frozen tanks and pipes, and some of the techniques when using those tools to avoid damage during the thawing process.
Who hasn’t peed in their home shower? Well, it seems that the nation is split almost 50/50 on that point, some enthusiastically admitting it and others recoiling at the thought. Peeing in a home shower is one thing, but what about peeing in an RV shower? As with almost any topic, there are nay-sayers and supporters on both sides.
We all know antifreeze is very important in your car, in both freezing and high heat environments, but do you really need it in your RV holding tanks? The answer is, yes, especially if you are winterizing your RV. Antifreeze will help stop any residual water from freezing in your lines and tanks while it’s sitting idle through the winter, but you can also use it while camping in colder climates when the outside temperatures may dip to below freezing.
If you are RV camping in colder environments, we encourage you to pursue at least one of these methods. If you allow your RV holding tanks to freeze, the tank or plumbing itself may crack, causing a host of complications and costly repairs!
Water is incredibly powerful. It can carve out canyons, forge mountain basins, and on a less epic level, it can break up waste and block odors in your RV! Many in the RVing community don’t realize how much of a hero water can be in their RV wastewater systems. Using lots of water is a crucial component to help bacteria-based and even zinc-based tank treatments work as effectively as they are able.
Did you know that you have anywhere from two to six pounds of bacteria on or inside your body at any moment in time? Makes you wonder about all the other surfaces you touch, doesn’t it? Some bacteria can cause problems, but others are essential to make life run smoothly.
The advice given by many in the RVing community is usually just information that has been passed along by others who saw results from their technique. However, even though these techniques or products may provide relief for some RVers, you also have to remember that not every RV owner is using their rig the same way.
There are dozens and dozens of RV holding tank treatments out there, and it can be overwhelming when it comes to knowing which one is the best for you. All of them claim to work miracles, but which treatment types are proven to work the best?
Traditional, “old-school” RVing advice has often promoted information and RV maintenance products that are ineffective, and more importantly, can be harmful to your health. But with the advent of new research into the topic, many RVers have started to realize that a lot of the RV products on the shelves today are either really bad at their job, or even worse, dangerous.
Most RVers, even those who are relatively new to the RVing world, know that they should be using some type of holding tank treatment that digests solid waste. In fact, there’s no shortage of holding tank treatment products out there, promising to break down your waste and get rid of odors.