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Old 09-16-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Made the move earlier this year to Minnesota from Georgia. I would like to obtain some guidelines for using my coach in this soon to be "Frigid" area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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Cold (Really Cold) Weather RV'ing

Made the move earlier this year to Minnesota from Georgia. I would like to obtain some guidelines for using my coach in this soon to be "Frigid" area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 09-17-2008, 08:55 AM   #3
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No prob! Drain hoses every night, keep propane FULL!! Enjoy. We have spent days when the temp never go above 32. Our rig runs out of propane in about 36 hours. We just move to the pump and do it again.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:51 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FrankReno:
No prob! Drain hoses every night, keep propane FULL!! Enjoy. We have spent days when the temp never go above 32. Our rig runs out of propane in about 36 hours. We just move to the pump and do it again.
Enjoy </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
You are very lucky to have that freedom.On my rig, I am sure we would never get away with extended cold weather camping ,as I can SEE my waste tanks from underneath the rig.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:35 AM   #5
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I wish I could live in my coach all year round, but my employer might have a problem with me spending 6 months of the year in the Southern United States.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:05 PM   #6
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We are trying to plan a trip to Montana and Idaho in our 36' class a MH. Never traveled in cold weather before. Can. These becdriven in snow or should we park it if we come across snow. Any other advice? Thank you. Love this forum.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:33 PM   #7
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I only have experience driving a class C in a Wisconsin blizzard, honestly it wasn't that bad. I drove hours before the wind calmed and we could see more than a car length. I was more affected by vertigo looking out a huge window into a white blur.

Just have to be aware of what you are driving and plan for stopping...don't plan on sliding, avoid it completely, by the time that happens I think you would be toast.

I would assume my class A would be similar, maybe not as aerodynamic as the C (not that it was that great either).

We kept the furnace running constantly, nothing froze, filled the tank every day just in case. I would assume my Bounder would be a bit less to worry about freezing, as it sort of has a basement where the compartments have heater vents. Nonetheless, I'd run the furnace constantly.

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Old 10-19-2018, 10:04 AM   #8
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I would say my '16 Bounder is NOT made for winter camping in cold weather. Last winter I was in FL and a few nights were in the 30's. I had 2 temp sensors in different basement compartments and the temps were on 3-5 degrees warmer than the outside temps.
Summer temps get considerably higher then the outside temps as the sun beats on the doors. The insulation in those basements doors is pretty useless IMO.
The plastic "floors" are not a barrier to temps passing right through them.
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Rugs on the floor and all cupboard doors open so heat can get to those items not resistant to cold, such as liquid food items, shampoos, etc.
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Old 10-26-2018, 04:01 PM   #10
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We travel from Ontario to Florida every January and have yet to have any issues.
Keep an eye on your propane level daily as propane is your lifeline to heat.
The propane furnace will also keep your basement area warm enough so the tanks don't freeze.
I would suggest purchasing a couple of remote thermometers (Walmart $15.00) and place sensors in the wet bay and utility bay to monitor the temp from inside.
If you have shore power you can supplement the heat with a small space heater.
The only real issue will be the fresh water hose if the temps drop below 0C / 32F.
Do not leave the knife valves open on the tanks, and only dump when the tanks are min. 3/4 full.
After dumping, add a jug of anti-freeze ($3.00) just to keep the valves from freezing.
Adding a carpet and additional blankets, and you will be good to go.
Enjoy the winter adventure.
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:18 PM   #11
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A few years back got caught in some cold temps on OK. found out that some cities/counties will not allow propane delivery to a RV, added a "extenda-stay" adapter so I could uh se a 20# exchangeable tank at 10 degrees nighttime temps I could go through a 20# tank in about 40 hrs, but nothing froze! That was in a 97 Fleetwood tioga 31w one slide.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:17 PM   #12
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Makes me cold just reading this thread. When my heat pumps stop producing heat, I'm done RVing. On the other hand, I'm good up to about 100 degrees in the summer.
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Makes me cold just reading this thread. When my heat pumps stop producing heat, I'm done RVing. On the other hand, I'm good up to about 100 degrees in the summer.
At 100F, when I step out of the A/C, I am just a grease spot on the pavement!
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I would say that it depends on what you want to do. If you are thinking about casual weekends away it is worth pointing out that you will get very adept at winterizing as well as have more things to worry about when out on the road. The latter tends to be a damper on the fun. That assumes your rig is sufficiently insulated to be able to be kept warm enough for real comfort while you are using it. The number of comfortable one's drop along with the temperature.

On the other hand a few days of driving to get to a warmer place to hang out is a different story. One can put up with a day or two of less than ideal temperatures to get to where things get manageable. The expected stays are longer so the amount of re winterizing is reduced.

I would not personally choose to do much if any camping or living in the RV once temperatures start dropping below freezing at night. I am open to getting out of town for a long vacation in the winter. YMMV.
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