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Old 12-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #15
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We almost had to winter in our class A after Sandy hit last year . . . I was able to get a local propane delivery company set me up with a large tank that hooked right into my propane system. Might be worth investigating.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:35 AM   #17
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:17 AM   #18
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I'd only winter camp in a northwood manufacturing trailer (Artic Fox, Nash or outdoors RV).
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #19
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If you place a roll of straw bales end to end around the perimeter of the trailer
The CG doesn't allow straw. fire hazard and it attracts unwanted pests. An engineer at work hooked me up with some good foam insultation. Cost me a few bucks, but it's working good.

If I leave for more than a day, I unhook the city water, and drain the pipes.

But, if I want warm, the company has a branch in Monterrey, Mexico. With all the mexican banditos, I would need mucho big guns first.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #20
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Temps are forecast in single digits for the next two nights in S. Indiana. Get ready_. Unless the LP furnace is running the holding tanks are un-heated. Open all cabinet doors where plumbing runs to help prevent freezing water lines. I can't remember if you installed holding tank heat-pads, they are expensive, and work.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #21
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Keep us posted. Maybe start a new thread called something like "Living in my camper during the winter" or somthin. I'm enjoying your threads. Glad it's you and not me. I don't even like to leave the house in the winter. lol Of course we have not been above 20 degrees for a few weeks around here. Most nights are below zero. The high temp for today is 2. Oh, and take pictures of your set up and post them. Somebody else might want to learn from what you are doing.
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Keep us posted. Maybe start a new thread called something like "Living in my camper during the winter" or somthin. I'm enjoying your threads. Glad it's you and not me. I don't even like to leave the house in the winter. lol Of course we have not been above 20 degrees for a few weeks around here. Most nights are below zero. The high temp for today is 2. Oh, and take pictures of your set up and post them. Somebody else might want to learn from what you are doing.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:50 PM   #23
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Caveman's right, I'm taking notes- just in case that global warming thing doesn't pan out before the next ice age hits.
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update here

I really enjoy camping, and never seem to get enough time for it, so I am really enjoying myself.

The only time I can say I've been cold was when it got down to 9*. But that's because I am letting the space heater do all the work. The furance is only a back up heat source (the cold is cheap).


The pipes haven't froze since I insulated. I do leave the cabinet doors open all the time, but I don't leave a drip. I can't because the tanks and the sewer hose freezes. That was my next project. Heat tape and insulation around the sewer hose. So far, it's be thawing in enough to drain on it's own.


I do leave both tanks open, so they will drain when they can. I know this is a no-no, but my shower drains into my black, so it fills quickly. If the weather stays above freezing, I'll go back to the SOP.


After I insulated I use barely any propane. Just to cook and heat water, and I use the furance in the morning to take the chill off the floors. I inside temp is around 75* to 80* most the time to keep the floor from getting too cold. It's very toasty.


This week I bought a gel foam topper for the bed for a little better sleep. A must have.

Its a great experience. Everyone should give it a try at least once.
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I do leave both tanks open, so they will drain when they can. I know this is a no-no, but my shower drains into my black, so it fills quickly.
When you get clogged up tight by the "pyramid of doom" and get skanked up cleaning it out, and also have a clogged slinky, you will dump only when there is much water in the black tank.
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When you get clogged up tight by the "pyramid of doom" and get skanked up cleaning it out, and also have a clogged slinky, you will dump only when there is much water in the black tank.
You have to understand that my black tank is plumbed different than most others, and that will change the dynamics. My black tank fills up with hot soapy water in 48 hrs of shutting the valve. So it does get flushed AND cleaned when the weather is above freezing for a few days. My immediate concerns is the valve freezing for several days.

If I try to hold it until it is filled, and it happens to be freezing outside at that time, the valve won't open, and I'll have a bigger issue.

Winter camping means I need to manage my tanks a little differently.

If it stayed below freezing then I'd probably need to find a way to heat the tanks and then stay with SOP. So far, this method has been working very for me.
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With the trailer sealed up do you have problems with moisture condensing on the windows inside?
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With the trailer sealed up do you have problems with moisture condensing on the windows inside?
I have Frost King plastic on the windows. There is moisture, but nothing on the inside. I did leave one window untreated and I try to vent with fresh air when I can. I do keep an eye on the panels around the windows to make sure no mold or moisture damage. So far, so good. See how well it fares by the end of the winter. I am sure the worst of it, is yet to come.
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