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Old 08-31-2016, 04:12 AM   #1
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Cold weather camping

I noticed that the weather may get down into the 25-30's at night in Wyoming next week while we are there. Besides unhooking my water are there any other precautions to take to prevent freezing issues besides running furnace as needed, newbie. Thanks


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The furnace on my Bounder did not heat the service bay so I placed trouble lights in a few compartments. It worked well for overnight temps in the 20's.
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Not sure if my furnace heats the bay areas or not, kind of thought they did, now not sure.


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Even if they did , you may choose to use electric heat that won't heat the basements. The trouble lights will suffice.
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A low temperature for a few hours of about 25-30 degrees shouldn't cause a problem for anything on the motor home that is behind a door or panel...heated compartment or not. It takes awhile for that low temperature to find its way inside any enclosure. It is a good idea to disconnect the outside water hose.
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I bought a pipe heater and then wrapped a pipe insulator around it and my water hose last year. Where others had frozen hoses, I was just fine. Something good to carry for camping in cold weather.
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Fill your water tank and run off it. Store the hose.

Don't leave the sewer hose connected. Store it. They crack easily. Just pull it out when ready to dump.

As stated, 25-30 isn't going to hurt anything at night as long as it doesn't stay at those temps day after day.

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Thanks for info, I will do exactly that!


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We had a water container and no pluming for the overnighter we used a coffee can, otherwise a cool walk to the bathroom/showers. They have several year round sites. Furnace kept us really warm.
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Enjoy it is the best I say. By the way we had the rv park all too our self. Until we got back from the casino then there were 3 of us.
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Invest in a remote temp sensor and monitor. Put the sensor in your basement compartment so you can see what the temp is doing.

Keep your slides in if it gets really cold.

Keep water and sewer unhooked, if warm enough during the day fill with water and dump.

I you have roof vents stuff a pillow in them to prevent loss of heat.

I moved to Northern Michigan in late March 2011 and camped in my motorhome. Had two 20 amp circuits to plug into, ran a small cube heater in basement and ran a heater in the upstairs. I didn't want to rely on propane was it would have been difficult getting refilled and I would be out of town quite a bit. Also had a couple heat lamps hooked to a thermostatic plug in case other heaters went out. Temps got down in the low teens some nights, snowed ~24" in April with snow on the ground until mid May. Not a pleasant experience but I survived.
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