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Old 01-11-2019, 11:40 PM   #1
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How cold is too cold?

Now that the dead of winter is here and temperatures have dropped, the question that arises is: What is the coldest temperature at which you have used your motorhome? How cold is too cold?

A few days ago we completed a trip from Whitehorse, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska.The temperatures we encountered probably put us in the running for the cold weather record holder. All temps are in Fahrenheit, and the route will be familiar to anyone who has driven to Alaska.

When we departed Whitehorse it was -24. When we arrived at Destruction Bay (Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory) it was -36. It was -40 when we passed through Northway, Alaska, and when we stopped in Tok, Alaska, it was -49. We normally spend the night in Tok - eat some dinner and get some shuteye - but at -49 it's difficult to stay to stay comfortably warm in a motorhome, so we decided to keep moving. We did, however, stay long enough to grab some dinner and take a quick nap. When we got underway about three hours later the temperature had dropped to -52. (The HIGH that day in Tok was -43. The next day the high was -47 with a low of -52). After leaving Tok we headed south and fortunately the temperatures starting warming up. It was -30 in Glennallen and a balmy -14 in Anchorage.

Let me be clear about one thing: the temperatures we encountered were unexpected and not forecast. The temperatures were forecast to remain in the -20's, not drop to -50. Travel in the -20's is easily doable. Travel at -50, in the middle of nowhere, is something that you should probably avoid. After all, nothing good ever happens at -50.

So how cold is too cold? Can anyone beat -52?
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Wow! You're tough!!
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I have trucked in -50/-60 deg (f) for days on end.... If there is a weakness anywhere in your rig..It WILL show up..

AZ in the winter is sooooo much nicer
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Can't even imagine how cold that is....wow.

Does the cold weather affect traffic...probably not that much anyways but I was curious if people hunkered down in extremely cold dark weather.
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Can't even imagine how cold that is....wow.

Does the cold weather affect traffic...probably not that much anyways but I was curious if people hunkered down in extremely cold dark weather.
hint.... cold enough that you can pee in a pile....
They only venture out if they are professional drivers and have no choice...or they are going to/from work or other necessary endeavors... And You will rarely see anyone driving aggressively...You break something...the cold can kill you in a matter of minutes...
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I follow/watch a couple truck drivers on YouTube/Facebook who post videos of their trips. One is a lady driver who drives in snow on a regular basis to Canada.

You truck drivers have my deepest respect for the job you have to do, I couldn't do it.
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I have tent camped in -25F, would not want to do it in an my MH.

If on electrical power or generator I could keep my rig warm at sub zero temps but it's too risky for me.
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I noticed the fun meter dropping rapidly as the outside air temperature drops below 32 degrees.
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I can promise I will always be hundreds of miles away from minus anything. That's the whole reason for having a mobile living space IMO. Kudos to you for your endurance and commitment.
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I can only say"Good Grief!". Your coach must have great insulation. Bottled water vs. using your tank?? Being based in Alaska you must have basic operating rules that us "Southerners" wouldn't even think of. I just know I would not trust taking mine out in those conditions.
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I usually try to avoid anything under around 60*F.
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We have done 16 overnight in Pa. but that's as cold as I want to camp. Last Jan. in southern Al. was pretty cold. Enough that the camp ground required your water to trickle so their pipes would not freeze. Made it through that ok.
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What do you guys do?

What do you guys do who are rving in - to prevent every pipe from busting?
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