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Friday, February 4, 2011

Freezing in Corpus Christi

Friday, February 4, 2011 NAS Corpus Christi, Shields Park NAS Recreation Area.
The last few days, actually since Tuesday have been extremely cold and windy with temps in the 30's during the day and below freezing at night. Our water spicket in the campsite has been frozen since Tuesday. Fortunately, I have water in our Cameo's tank. However, the tank was only a third full. So we've been rationing the water use. Last night Joyce spent the night at our daughter and son-in-law's home which would help in conserving the water. I wanted to stay with the rig to monitor and address any freezing concerns.
Overnight we had freezing "wintery mix". I stayed in the campground in our Cameo with Maggie and Rico and we awoke this morning at 7:30 to ice on the windows. We have dual pane windows and I feel they are worth the extra weight and expense. We've never experienced a condensation issue and they seem well insulated in comparison to other rigs I've been inside.
In fact, as I took the dogs outside we discovered ice all over the side of our rig and the ground!



We've been running a ceramic heater in the living room and one in the bedroom along with the furnace to stay warm. The ceramic heaters supplement the furnace enough that it doesn't have to run very often. But I need to make sure the furnace runs periodically to warm the basement and the holding tanks. I have a thermometer transmitter in the basement so that I'm able to monitor the temperature of the basement to ensure it doesn't reach freezing temps. I've been maintaining it at 40-50 degrees.
From what I can see the roads here on base are iced over and I've seen only a couple of official vehicles on the streets with the exception of a pickup I saw purposefully sliding on the roads.
The sun is supposed to come out today around noon and break up this winter blast. The high should be in the mid 40's which will be a vast improvement. Tomorrow should be even better. Let's hope so, as we have to move to yet another site Saturday morning.

9 comments:

  1. I can only imagine the problems if pipes began to freeze. I wish you good luck and hopefully you can keep warm.

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  2. Wooow and I was told to go down South during winters...
    Turn on the electrical blanket before crawling into bed.
    All the best.

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  3. Didn't realize Corpus Christi was so cold. Hope it warms up quickly!

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  4. Wow! well you're not alone... that's for sure. We are having to use jugs of water for washing hands, dishes. Our fresh water tank froze. We have a new quality 5th wheel, and didnt think it would freeze with furnace on, but it got down to 3 degrees here. What is this temperature monitor you have for the area below?

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  5. My temperature monitor for the basement is just an indoor/outdoor thermometer. I placed the outdoor sensor in the basement.

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  6. Sure hope it warms up for you really soon... I hate when it freezes.. We insulated our hoses last year and kept a light in the bin with the hook up in it. Worked good for us we never froze up!
    Stay warm & travel safe
    Donna

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  7. hopefully the sun will come out soon and unthaw everything!..great idea about the thermometer monitor in the basement area!!

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  8. This winter the weather has been crazy. We finally reached Tucson and warm weather, glad we aren't in Corpus Christi at the moment. Good thing the sun and warm temps are headed back your way. :)

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