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Old 11-06-2005, 04:08 PM   #1
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We are thinking about going RVing for Thanksgiving where we live it can be a little cold but not freezing at that time of year, does anyone have any pointers?
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We are thinking about going RVing for Thanksgiving where we live it can be a little cold but not freezing at that time of year, does anyone have any pointers?
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Old 11-06-2005, 04:48 PM   #3
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About 9 years ago in March a train derailed here in Weyauwega causing several cars filled with LP to catch fire. The city was evacuated for a 4 mile radious. We lived in our motor home out of town for 18 days. The night temps got downto low teens and the days were in the low 20s. We ran a electric heater along with the furnace. Neither shut down very often. Humidity was the main problem. The steel framework drew moisture. I remember 1 night that my blanket froze to the bedroom window (single pane). When spring arrived and the temps were above freezing, moisture dripped from the ceiling. We placed a trouble light with a 75 watt bulb in the water compartment. We had no plumbing problems. We were always told to keep a window cranked open a little for ventilation but the it would get to cold inside. I should have purchased a dehumidifier and tried that. The only problem was a ruined blower motor on the furnace. Motor homes are not designed for those temperatures. I don't think you will have any problems. Just make sure your water compartments are heated.

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You should be fine. But, take a sweater.
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We've done that with our Suncruiser, which is insulated the same as yours, in winter when the temps dropped below freezing. We didn't have any big problems but there were a few things we learned.

Fist, moisture will build up in the coach. You need to get it out. The best bet is to crack the roof vent open a touch. An inch makes a big difference and you won't lose too much heat that way.

Once the temps drop below 40 you can forget about the heat pumps. Use the furnace. Besides, the heat pumps do not heat the basement compartments while the LP furnace does. We've camped in 15-20 degree weather using just the furnace and never had any problems with the water compartment.

If it get's cold, your plastic sewer hose get's very stiff. The first time we did this, my sewer hose wound up in the campground dumpster looking like a shredded slinky. Keep your hoses inside the coach and when you need to fill up or dump, take them out and use them, then return them to the storage bay.

If you're boondocking, you'll have to think about battery power. Batteries go down pretty fast in cold temps so you'll have to monitor your voltage and recharge via the genset as needed. You have two 12 volt batteries in your coach so it'll be even more important to keep an eye on them as they'll go down faster than four 6 volt batteries. If you're plugged into shore power this isn't an issue.

In extreme conditions, small portable electric ceramic heaters are great to augment your furnace. You can do this in sub-zero temps but it gets marginal then.

If it's not going to be below freezing, everything gets much easier. Either way, enjoy the trip. Winter camping is a lot of fun. Just be sure to bring along some DVDs and start out with a full propane tank.
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One thing that does help to keep the heat in and the cold out is to use the aluminum foil bubble to insulate the windows. Just cut it to size, it really helps especially if you have a window at the head of your bed, keeps your head warmer. We also use them to keep light out if we are dry camping in a well lit parking lot. As the other fellows said if your not below freezing you won't any problems just keep your propane tank from getting too low.
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I stayd in my coach as low as 10.Using an electric heater to supplement the furnace is a bad idea.The furnaces heat the tanks and if the furnace isn't running the tanks are not being heated.I guess supplemental electric heat in the bays would eliminate the problem but running the furnace was the easiest.I am leary about placing unprotected light bulbs in the bay where they may tip or touch something flamable.Keep all hoses warm till ready to use cause a frozen dump hose can be a problem.Fill fresh tank and disconnect the hose.
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We have the polar package option on our MH plus I put styrofoam in the vents and shower skylight and bubble wrap aluminum across windshield. We had -12f last winter and used a 20 lb tank every 30 hours for 4 days and we stayed warm, not hot but warm. Our bays are heated and tanks also. helps keep the floors warmer. like the previous post said fill your water tank and use from it. Later that month we had 5 degree weather for about 2 weeks but were hooked up to a 250 gallon propane tank so didn't have any fuel problems We also use a small electric heater. If you prepare well you shouldn't have problems. I use a remote read thermometer in water and storage compartments as well, just to moniter the temp. hope this helps.
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