Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Survive the night!

The robins that have decided to winter here in Ft. Mill, SC know that something is about to happen.  So do the starlings and the squirrels.  They are trying to find some extra food, risking being close to humans and their dogs to desperately search for more calories that will help them survive the night.

The temperature is expected to drop to 11 tonight.  It is also predicted to stay below freezing all day tomorrow and for the next several nights.  We, too, must survive the "Arctic Blast".

There are a few things we must do so that we stay comfortable in Phaeth and so the deep freeze does not do any damage to her.  First, be sure we have enough LP (liquid propane) to run the furnaces. Next, fill our fresh water tank and empty the waste tanks so we can "boondock" for the next couple of days.  (This isn't true boondocking since we will still be attached to the campground's electricity.  Electricity has been known to go out during these drastic times so we need to have enough diesel fuel to run the generator.  Now that will be true "boondocking").  Be sure your sewer hose is pretty much empty, too.  Poop-sludge-cicles have been known to cause damage to sewer hoses.

To be sure none of the fresh water plumbing freezes, we set the rear furnace thermostat higher than the front to assure that the rear furnace comes on during the cold snap and keeps the wet bay relatively warm (above freezing).  It does this by diverting some of the heated coach air to the wet bay.  Just incase we run out of LP, I will put a 75 watt incandescent drop light into the wet bay utilizing its heat. (See, incandescent bulbs are still necessary).

At sunset we will remove the fresh water hose from the campground's spigot, empty it and store it.  That way it will not have any ice in it.  The campground will probably turn off the water, anyway.

Sunset is also a good time to put on long johns, extra socks, snuggly slippers and sweaters; "ma in her kerchief and I in my cap".  An extra blanket would be a good idea, too. 

We have survived 14 degrees without too much discomfort and expect to survive the 11 degrees.  We hope you are surviving the "blast" too.

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