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Old 11-02-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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New Camper for cold weather camping?

I have a 2 year old Apex 268 which we are happy with. But we want to be able to camp in cold weather. We are in South Carolina so I'm really only talking about temps in the 20's and maybe a little colder if we go up to the NC mountains. I'm mainly worried about water pipes and grey/black tank and connections. Can someone give me some ideas of a unit in the 25 foot range that could handle this? Thanks.

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Old 11-02-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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That's a tough call. Nothing is going to be fool proof, especially with an outside shower, which many units have.
At a minimum, you need an enclosed underbelly. If you use the furnace, it should keep the sub floor area warm enough, but that's a lot of propane you will use.
We've camped during a few hard freezes in the Winnebago with no issues, but into the 20s or below freezing for 12hrs+ and your asking for trouble. Many of the units that might be specially set up for this are not sold down here. See Arctic Fox.

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Old 11-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #3
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On our black water tank we just use the pink stuff to flush with. Grey we leave empty. And just before a cold snap (10 F or less) I run out and dump the black water tank.
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IWe camp in sub freezing temps.

Assuming you will camp wet, a sealed belly is required to keep plumbing and tanks from freezing. You will have to run the furnace regularly.

Also consider your fresh water supply. I have had hose bibs freeze. To have fresh water supply I fill the fresh water tank the night before it freezes and drain the fresh water supply hose.

The only other issue I have had is an exposed drain valve for the gray tank froze and I couldn't empty. Had to use a blow dryer to thaw the valve.

Other than that, we use an electric oil filled radiator heater as supplemental heat to keep the trailer cozy.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:49 PM   #5
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Found an Artic Fox 25p slightly used. Owners are getting a class A RV. Going to look at it tomorrow. Dealer also has 2 surveyors i like. All I'll have to do is insulate the black/grey drains and disconnect the outside shower. Excited.
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