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Old 12-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Winter camping

Has anyone winter camped in a Fleetwood Bounder 35E in the midwest?

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Chuck K. View Post
Has anyone winter camped in a Fleetwood Bounder 35E in the midwest?
I don't do winter camping ,but I am familiar with the 35 E.
Your furnace doesn't provide any heat to the driver side wet bay , it does provide some to the fresh water tanks ( how much, I don't know ). I would definitely put something in all those compartments. If you call FW 800-322-8216 , they will email you your furnace diagram.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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I didn't do it in a 35E Bounder, but I did in a 38N Expedition. You need heat of some sort in your wetbay. I used a small heater with a thermostate, it worked fine. I didn't worry about the water tank as I had it drained. went with street hook up only. Everytime I would dump tanks I would put antifreeze back in my black/gray tanks. It was cheap insurance, again no issues.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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I'm new to full timing this year.I do live in northern Indiana and I'm DW and I are doing it on a 34 discovery no heated tanks.We use a 75 watt bulb in the wet compartment .Also have skirting. We do have dual pane windows and and put plastic up on the inside which helps a lot.Most of our heat is elec.
But I do have a extend a stay with 200 gal tank for when it gets really cold.
The biggest problem we have had is moisture but leaving our vents open
About 1/2 in. Has got that under control. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:32 AM   #5
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Not specific to your Bounder but we're recently been getting our mh ready for our drive south (usually do it in Oct-Nov but couldn't get away from work this year at that time) and I'm encountering a few issues that never occured to me:

- summer windshield washer fluid will freeze. I happened to notice the other day that the fluid my washer fluid tank was frozen solid. I managed to get the line off with a heat gun (you have to be very careful taking it off in cold weather as the nipple to the line can break off (particularly with older units as they get brittle)) and then removed the whole tank and but it in water in the sink for a few hours for it to melt (there was actually still chunks of ice but they were small enough to fit through the opening) and then I was able to re-install and refill with winter washer fluid.

- snow and ice build-up on the slide awnings (or slides). We were cleaning it and loading it up for the trip, which is much easier to do with the slides out so I put the slides out but after a few days of snow / freezing rain, there's ice built up on the slide awnings and they will not go in. After work, I'll go up with a ladder, broom and heat gun and melt it off as otherwise, it doesn't look like my slides are going in.

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:01 AM   #7
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Before you run out and buy a space heater you might want to check out this thread:

Inverter issue need help please

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