RV Life: Save Your RV Plumbing With These Emergency Hacks!



Jack Frost has moved into my area early this year, with temps in the 20’s I share my favorite cheap and easy hacks to protect my RV until I get back to sunnier skies.

I’m Bobby Gene, retired young to be caregiver for my wife, but after losing her to brain cancer I set out on motorcycle for three years to seek healing and find myself again. To finally close the book on that final chapter, I’ve sold our home and moved into an RV, ‘The Independence’, with my car ‘Abe’ in tow, (Yes it’s a Lincoln). Together we travel as far as possible, hoping to inspire others who have suffered a loss, while discovering new destinations, new challenges, and amazing people.

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30 thoughts on “RV Life: Save Your RV Plumbing With These Emergency Hacks!

  1. Good News Travelers December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thnx for the tips. Great vid. New subbies here.

  2. Lee Ben December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Ok I will thanks.

  3. Lee Ben December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I just stayed home alone watching Xmas movies and yes each yr. it's a wonderful life lol.

  4. Lee Ben December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    That's a very good one Bobby Gene. How have you been what are you up to. What state are you at hope not North as we both know are much colder then Colorado.

  5. Lee Ben December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Only holiday I hate is New Year hated them since 1975 why cause one you become a yr older two everything else goes up as well. Well Happy New Year. 😱😎🙌💥🚌🏍

  6. Lee Ben December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hope you had a good warm Christmas Bobby Gene. You still out there? 🎅🎅🎅🎅

  7. Second Act December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I carry a couple of gallons of antifreeze with me just in case. Around here they turn the water off to the campgrounds before it freezes, so I just have to worry about waste tanks. Hopefully a full freshwater tank would take a few days to freeze.

  8. SailorDude December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Gene, hope you are well. Last Jamie we had a cold snap here in Texas that took me by surprise. My fresh water hose froze. We always have a reserve in the potable water tank and ran off of that until I could thaw out the hose. Our potable water tank is under the bed so it stays as warm as we are. Gray and black tanks have heater pads to keep from freezing but, require 120 A/V. Thanks for the video.

  9. T. A. Bernhardt December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Two of my favorite tools are zip ties and duct tape. Anyone can do a "McGyver" with those two things! Very helpful and handsome Bobby Gene.

  10. velia garcia December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Dude, you need a women, no blankets, just a women.

  11. Diana Kamala Mars December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    You are charming & informative. Thank you, Gene!!!

  12. Norris Coleman December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    great winterizing hacks.

  13. it's the weekenders December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Very helpful and entertaining as well……love your channel

  14. Just Around the Bend December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you Bobby………. Very helpful….

  15. Callie Johnson December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    29* tonight in TN. Thanks, I have wondered how to protect water pipes and hoses. Now I know!

  16. Em And the Gang December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Great tips! Don't forget to turn on the water BEFORE you tape everything up…. We will be camping next weekend in central NC, and while I HOPE we don't have to worry about any of these hacks, at least we know what to do. I guess I shouldn't have thrown out that insulated heated hose (looked just like yours!) and big roll of insulation I found in my original inventory this spring… LOL…. I just thought they were old and gross, so I tossed them both! Darn it.

  17. Ted D. December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I use thermometer sensors to monitor temps. one in the fresh water bay, one outside, and one in my freezer. The fourth one, is one the temp dashboard. Batteries for the wireless sensors last for months, including the one in the freezer. Measures humidity too. Acu.rite.

  18. Myth Guide December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I've only got one question for you. Did you use the same gloves to work with your waste line that you used to connect your fresh water line? Seems like it to me, but that's just me being anal. Loved the video. Good stuff to think about as I get ready to leave Colorado in the early spring where the weather always surprises.

  19. George .Montgomery December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I love duct tape. Recently though I discovered another type of tape that works great out side too. And is a lot stronger than you would imagine. The brown and clear packing tape. Thin but tough and if put on dry over lapped is mostly unaffected by water. No duct tape? Try packing tape.

  20. Tina Hayes December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Simple, easy to construct and cost effective – love it cuz~!

  21. Nana Pam December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Very good tips! Pippi taught you well! Lol! Nice video!

  22. Tiny Solar Shack December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I wintered two years in my 32’ Jayco trailer. It looked ghetto but I used 2ft wide strips of 3/4” blue board insulation screwed to the bottom edge of the trailer as skirting. The trailer was 13 yrs old so I took the leap. It worked amazing. Never froze up even at minus 5F.

  23. 12345 678 December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks gene
    Good videos!
    Do you ever worry about pippi?

  24. rolloverriderpgr December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    You should have covered the water knob. It radiates cold right into the fitting chilling the water up there making the heater work harder than it is designed for. I've even had them freeze up with all the pretty wrapping I had done but left the knob out! Make an insulated cap for it. Sharpie a smile on the other insulation or duct tape below the cap and the cap it on with a Pink ribbon!
    But you're in TN so it's not going to be that big of a deal as it can get cold there but with all this global whatever it might not get below 32*!

  25. Karen Carter December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Gene, nice video, thanks for the ideas winter camping for 5 days over new years in TN and I plan on using these.

  26. 1RodeoMom December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Beautiful area and thank you for sharing these tips.  Nice work.  Keep the videos coming please! 🙂

  27. Bubba Warbucks December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Cheap and easy ways to save yourself from expensive repairs. Thanks Bobby!

  28. CITAP1 December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Ever look at this for a heated hose.
    http://www.pirithose.com/heated-hose.html

  29. freewill1114 December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Good common sense advice, well done. If you are stuck there for a longer period, put hay or straw bales all around the RV, so the underside will stay warmer.

  30. Maggie Buchanan December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Brrrr…..reminds me of when we were in our class C in winter in Tn. boy was it ever cold ! Hubby did all those same tricks. This is good to show people, how much there is to RV living. Stay warm Bobby and Safe travels when you get up on your way ! Good to see you !

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