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Old 09-07-2020, 06:47 AM   #1
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Cold weather tips

For those who travel/camp where itís cold. Any tips on setup, like under penning etc, for camping during the winter. I would appreciate your advice.
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:35 AM   #2
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Need a few more specifics because you plan differently depending on a few things like how cold it will be (e.g. how far North will you go?), How long do you plan on staying there, etc?
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Old 09-07-2020, 12:28 PM   #3
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My tip: pick out a nice Hotel in Miami...
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Old 09-07-2020, 12:42 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. If you are going somewhere in the snow or below freezing you need to consider a few things before going. You will need to make sure your tanks stay warm from freezing. Tank heaters work well if your mh has them or plan on some heat source under the coach(light bulb...). The city water line needs to keep from freezing if you are hooked to it. You will need a hose that won't freeze(electric warmer hose). Fill your fuel and propane tanks all the way up to help prevent freezing. If you are hooked to city power bring along a small electric heater to use inside the mh to avoid using all of your propane for heating purposes. Bring warm clothes/blankets. You might need to place coverings over your windows to keep the heat inside.

Just a few ideas for winter camping. Good luck.

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Old 09-07-2020, 08:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas, & I agree with Miami !! My son will be living in a 30 travel trailer for a time while he builds his house. He is just west of Ft. Worth.
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the ideas, & I agree with Miami !! My son will be living in a 30 travel trailer for a time while he builds his house. He is just west of Ft. Worth.
Fortunately just west of Ft Worth the winter shouldn't be bitterly cold for any length of time, unless it's an unusual year.
My suggestion would be to contact a local LP distributor once setup to either have regular stops to top off the tank or rent a larger tank to connect to the rv so you won't ever run out.
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Thanks for the ideas, & I agree with Miami !! My son will be living in a 30 travel trailer for a time while he builds his house. He is just west of Ft. Worth.
As I've become..."less-young": the cold just soaks deeper into my bones each year...
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:04 PM   #8
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Thank yíall. Heís young enough that he should survive !!
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:42 PM   #9
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If you really want to mess with him: take him a used snowblower as a housewarming gift!
Just in case...
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Old 09-08-2020, 09:25 AM   #10
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Good timing on thread......

We are planning a trip out west from mid-August to late September / early October 2021. I just happened to look at the weather for West Yellowstone because we would be staying there about this time next year.

Tonight's low is about 17 and tomorrow nights low is about 22 with the big cold front dropping down through the center of the country. According to the hourly forecast, it looks like 10 hours below 32... that cold enough for things to start freezing.

I told my wife that we would probably be without running water overnight and need to think about carrying a couple gallon jugs of water for these temps should it happen on a trip.

I would probably disconnect the city water hose and let it drain. Then I would hook up my compressor and blow water out of all the lines and then turn on the tank heaters.

With an outdoor kitchen faucet and an outdoor shower that would not get any heat from the furnace, I don't think I would take the chance of having water under pressure in the lines at those temperatures. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

This time of year the night time temps are usually the low 30's so not too worried about a couple hours around ~32.... but several hours well below 32 is a different story.
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:46 AM   #11
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Topping off fuel tanks is number one for sure

Insulated water hose and bib or use on board water

Heated tanks or heated basement and be sure the thermostat is on

We have two thermostats for the heat exchangers in the basement

All external compartment door seals in good condition

We camp in fall and winter quite a bit so an all electric coach was high on the must have list, so if you're interested in changing coaches something to consider

The huge benefit is fuel capacity which allows cold weather camping for longer periods between fuel runs

About two days per 40 pound tank on the Landmark was possible by running the fireplace also plus a space heater so if your using propane heat plan accordingly

Going skiing or other truly cold weather camping does take planning

We have been snowed on in Yellowstone and other Western sites many times

If high winds are forecast then we try to get on down the road ahead of that storm

Cool weather camping is my choice by far for many reasons
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Old 09-08-2020, 01:05 PM   #12
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For onboard water, might consider buying a 5-gallon jug of water and a hand pump designed to be used with the jug. Then refill it yourself instead of going back to the store. You'll find you won't be refilling water as often.
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