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williswall
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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 4:51 pm 
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I departed the Seattle area with stops planned on the way to Colorado to join my wife. Unfortunately, as soon as I left I encountered some pretty frigid conditions....3 days of single digits in the day, down to -9 at night. My poor van could not keep up with these consistent temps and resulted in a cracked T fitting in the water manifold, which is in the rear of the van. No quick fixes, so I'm waterless. That's the Woe. Here's the Wonder:

Upper Basin bacteria mats copy
Upper Basin bacteria mats copy
Steamboat Geyser 2 copy
Steamboat Geyser 2 copy
Pronghorn copy
Pronghorn copy
Pool 1
Pool 1
Path to steam
Path to steam
Opal Pool
Opal Pool
Old Faithful eruption
Old Faithful eruption
Grand Prismatic spring copy
Grand Prismatic spring copy
Excelsior geyser
Excelsior geyser
Elk closeup eating copy
Elk closeup eating copy
Ear spring
Ear spring
Castle geyser
Castle geyser
Bull elk
Bull elk
Blue Opal spring
Blue Opal spring
Bison with no legs copy
Bison with no legs copy
Bison in the road 2
Bison in the road 2
Bison in the pool areas
Bison in the pool areas
Bison by the road
Bison by the road
Bison by the river
Bison by the river
Biscuit Basin trail
Biscuit Basin trail
Bacterial mats
Bacterial mats
Another cool pool
Another cool pool
Mammoth 9
Mammoth 9
Mammoth 6
Mammoth 6
Mammoth 5
Mammoth 5
Mammoth 4
Mammoth 4
Mammoth 3
Mammoth 3
Landscape 3
Landscape 3
Bison 3
Bison 3
Mammoth 8 copy
Mammoth 8 copy
Mammoth 7
Mammoth 7
Bison back scratch copy
Bison back scratch copy
Bison 4 copy
Bison 4 copy
Bird in flight
Bird in flight

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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 6:37 pm 
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Amazing pictures! Seems like a great time to visit Yellowstone in spit of the cold, such beautiful scenery and probably not many people.

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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 6:42 pm 
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Great photos, thanks for sharing.  Sorry to hear about the RV/van water situation.  I winterized my class B last Thursday - maybe paranoid, but better safe than sorry.

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williswall
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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 6:54 pm 
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graywolf wrote:
I winterized my class B last Thursday - maybe paranoid, but better safe than sorry.

The Solis is touted as winter capable...in fact it can maintain a 60 degree temp differential, which isn't bad for this relatively inexpensive van. However, the water manifold is positioned at the rear door and turns out there is no insulation in the rear panel cavity there...cheaping out? Oversight? perhaps sales talk? Probably any or all of the above. At -9 degrees, the cold will find a way in through any gaps for sure.

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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 11:30 am 
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Yeah, -9 degrees is pretty damn cold!  Did you camp?  If so, which campground?

We plan to eventually get a van/class b with zero external plumbing/water fixtures.  Even with that setup, I'm going to be very careful when it gets significantly below freezing.  Hope you can get it repaired without too much pain or cost.

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PostThu Oct 29, 2020 3:22 pm 
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All the water lines and tank are inside the cabin...the gray water tank is heated. Itís a different ball game when the temps get below 0 degrees, you can be sure Iím going to do some supplemental insulating. The rig is still under warranty.

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PostFri Oct 30, 2020 9:38 am 
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williswall wrote:
All the water lines and tank are inside the cabin...the gray water tank is heated. Itís a different ball game when the temps get below 0 degrees, you can be sure Iím going to do some supplemental insulating. The rig is still under warranty.

I might be reaching out to you in the future for advice.  I'll also check your website/blog.

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PostFri Oct 30, 2020 10:28 am 
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This makes me want to go back. thanks for posting!
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