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Old 11-21-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
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Can our setup handle camping at 6800' and weather in the 20s?

Setup is in signature. We will be using the diesel jeep to haul.

We want to go to Ruidoso to ski for a week, and take our trailer, and are wondering if we are getting in over our heads with this trip.

We will be hooked to sewer, water, and electricity in a maintained RV park. If that makes any difference.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:40 AM   #2
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You probably are.

I did lower temps in my Casita at 8,000 feet - a gallon jug of water on the floor froze overnight.
That happened even though I insulated all the windows and everything else I could think of using. I stayed warm by using an electric blanket and sweat clothes - with a hoodie - to bed.

When awake I used a ceramic heater - but my space is much smaller and better sealed then your unit.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:44 AM   #3
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With full hook-ups you "could" winter camp in a pop-top.
We used to winter camp in a Scamp (read very light insulation).
The key is to off-set any heat loss (through the walls, when doors are opened, etc.).

You will want to obtain an electric space heater (or 2) and a fan. Nothing fancy is needed. We got our current space heater used in the RV for $45 at Wal*Mart. It came with a 3 speed fan built-in. And -warning- if you have kids or pets traveling with you, look for heaters that have a safety shut-off if the unit is knocked over.

The space heater(s) will use the electric from the post...so set them to do most of the heating or your funace will use a lot of propane...the electric is included in admission, so why not use it.
The fan is needed to circulate the warm air that will quickly rise to the ceiling...don't think you can get away without a fan. The interior space is small but the floor will freeze if the heat is not circulated.

Your waste tanks are probably not covered or heated, so the contents might freeze. But, no worrys as contents are added from the top of the tank. Dumping will need to be planned when the tanks have thawed, so watch for that...and you can have everyone use the campground bathrooms as much as possible too.

If you intend to do this often, you could add electric tank heaters that are applied (stick-on) to the exterior surface of the tank to correct this situation.

When away for the day, be careful to balance safety with heating. You can keep the camper warm while away, but don't want to have a fire start. Maybe kill the space heaters and rely on the built-in funace(?)

Best luck and safe travels
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Old 11-21-2015, 02:17 PM   #4
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I am asking now, because we are new to this, and it will be an expensive trip if we get there and have to turn back around.

Another option is to camp around Carlsbad, and drive the extra hour or two to the mountain on the day(s) we want to ski.

I definitely don't want to take any unnecessary risks.
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Back in the late 1970's, we used our 23 ft. Midas mini motorhome for ski trips to northern Michigan. While we stayed in a RV campground, we emptied and winterized all tanks and pipes since there was no way to keep these from freezing while on the road. We used the propane furnace for heat, and bought a lot of propane.

Showers and other functions were done in the campground bath house (and I still remember the sensation of my feet freezing to the floor of the shower). Lots of condensation on the inside of the windows, and hanging blankets to seal off the entry door and cab area. Also, a shovel and broom to clear accumulated snow from the roof.

We loved it! (but the experience was 35 years ago).

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Setup is in signature. We will be using the diesel jeep to haul.

We want to go to Ruidoso to ski for a week, and take our trailer, and are wondering if we are getting in over our heads with this trip.

We will be hooked to sewer, water, and electricity in a maintained RV park. If that makes any difference.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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George! That sounds AWESOME!

Well, I called the dealer, who transferred me to the service department, and they said to worry about nothing. Other than the fresh water incoming line.

They said that those temps would not affect us much. The undercarriage is enclosed and insulated, and just keep the interior at a decent warmth, it should be fine.

So I bought a heated 25' fresh water line.

Worst case scenario...we freeze up, and head back down the mountain, and camp at Carlsbad or Roswell for a week.

And have to repair busted holding tanks...:-(
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:55 PM   #7
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If you're paranoid, winterize the camper. Staying warm inside a small camper attached to the electric grid is easy. At 30 degrees, I can keep my 25' not-well-insulated camper at 70 degrees with 5000 btu of space heaters. I open my cabinets where the plumbing runs are to let the warm air in, and place a heater on its lowest setting in with my fresh water tank and pump.
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We spent a week at Gulf Waters RV park in Port Aransas, TX last week, and loved it so much we booked another week there and cancelled the Ruidoso trip.

Biggest concerns were length of drive compared between the two, towing on icy roads, and leaving the animals in the trailer with space heaters running while we go snow skiing.

I trust space heaters, but only if they are supervised. We would be worried sick the entire time we were skiing knowing that they were on in the trailer without supervision.
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Interesting thread. We use an oil filled radiator. It is stable and does not have exposed heating elements (safe 4 pets)

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