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RV Life & Frozen Pipes {A Funny Winter Bloopers Story}


Ahhhhhh, doesn’t it look lovely? I mean something right out of a postcard right? Yeah, well don’t let it fool you. The same weather that brings us RVers the beauty and serenity of picturesque scenes from a Hallmark movie is also the same kind of weather than can wreak havoc on water lines, pipes and normal life as we know it!

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Well, here we are! Genuinely loving every single second of our new, free life….even in the cold. However, nothing worth doing in life comes easy. But then again, you already knew that. So here’s a bit about how it’s going for us after two months into our stay in an area of almost consistently below freezing temps from about January – March. (at least this year)

There is no denying that even with all of the cold weather smarts we began our first stay in The North Pole Front Royal, Virginia with, we are still doing our share of living and learning what NOT to do to survive full-time RVing in cold weather.

After two months of several significant snowfalls and subzero temps at times, up until this past week we had managed to escape the frozen horrors experienced by RVers all around us! Largely due to this check list we followed on this post.  That is until we made one tiny mistake.


In the cold weather survival post I wrote here, I wrote about how important it is to keep a steady stream of water running at all times when the temps reach below 32 degrees. Well, this got turned off for all of 45 minutes the other night in 14 degree weather. One of the kids had accidentally turned it all the way off and we didn’t notice until it was too late.

So this is what happens when you don’t follow the survival rules for RVing in cold weather. And that, is just no fun at all.

20140305-100401.jpgLet me just be clear, I am a woman, and everyone knows that although we women can be pretty darn tough, we also require a fairly large amount of water at our disposal for various tasks. We also have 3 kids on board with us right now which create lots of dirty dishes and messes. Therefore we knew quick like that it is NOT a going to be a good life for long with no water! Thankfully, I had just washed up all the dishes so I didn’t have to contend with staring at a dirty kitchen.

But hey, it was the perfect excuse for me to declare a cooking strike!

And so, we blow dried and used torches, stood at the faucets and held prayer services and set the whole darn thing on fire! Because humans can deal with a lot of things, but desperation begins to set in when you don’t have water. And then to make things even worst I started remembering back to comments I had read in RVing Facebook groups about people who hadn’t had water for over 10 days…. TEN! Apprently because once your water freezes, it becomes a domino effect making it extremely difficult to thaw everything out until the weather warms up again.

And with no warmer weather in sight until the weekend it was NOT looking good for us.

After trying everything we knew to do to no avail, since we have a heated underbelly, my husband decided to just crank up the heat inside the RV hoping that just maybe the underbelly of the RV would also heat up enough to thaw everything out.

20140305-093905.jpgAnd so I asked Duck Dynasty my husband to drive me to the nearest Starbucks so I could calm my thoughts and write for a bit without thinking on the water tragedy back home.

My husband is a genius at solving problems. We call him our “McGyver” because he almost always fixes things in a sticky situation. It’s like one of his spiritual gifts! So when he can’t fix something I start to freak out a little (or a lot) inside. And just like that, the sky opened up, the Heavens sang and sunbeams burst down on us – I got his text from him.


It had worked! Turns out that when you have a heated underbelly, cranking up the heat on the inside of your RV to “hot as hell” status, sometimes does the trick!

And never ever in our lives have we been so grateful to see the sight of something as ordinary as water flowing freely into our sinks.

So we are back in business!… least until the next crisis event. And even then I’m sure we will come out of the whole thing with yet another hilarious story to tell in our long lineup of RV bloopers!

We live and we learn. And in the learning we become overwhelmingly grateful for the very smallest of things.

Tiny house, big life.

 Please leave us any tips, personal experiences, comments or questions in the comment section below!



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