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Old 01-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Glad to be a new member. We are buying a Fleetwood Bounder 35K and need to use it in the winter months in Chicago and Minneapolis. I mean use it, not let it sit empty. any problems?

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Howdy and welcome! I'd say the Bounder is a most excellent choice! Be sure to check out the Fleetwood Owner's section of the forum for lots of good info.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad you decided to join us! Congrats on the new Bounder! I would suggest that you post your specific questions over in the appropriate areas of the forum for better results. Not too many folks hang out here in the Welcome area. Good luck, happy trails, and may God bless & keep you!
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I see three possible problems.

You won't have much insulation, so keeping warm will use an enormous amount of propane.

Preventing your water hose and waste tanks from freezing will require some serious planning.

I don't know about Minneapolis, but there are no camp grounds either in Chicago or in near suburbs. You might try Fish Lake Beach camp ground in Volo, Il. It is at least close to a Metra (train) station that has free parking.

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Welcome to the forum, you'll learn a lot and have a few laughs along the way!
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Howdy and welcome to the forums. Can't go wrong with a Bounder in my opinion.
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You can do a search for pointers on Winter camping using the search tool at the top.

In addition to freezing water and sewer lines, will need to run the propane furnace in order to keep the basement tanks from freezing.

Another big problem with cold weather use is moisture build up and condensation on the windows. You will need to keep a roof vent cracked to let some moisture out and possibly a side window as well. When you shower, open the bath roof vent and them run the fan for a couple of minutes when you are finished. When cooking, run the vent fan and get the moisture out.

The problem with winter living is an RV is the small volume and all of the normal moisture producing activities. Just breathing adds lots of moisture to the interior.

Some people go to the extreme of running a dehumidifier to keep it drier.

A word of caution about moisture is that without a moisture barrier, the moisture will permeate the walls and it can freeze in the walls. So you will need to keep the moisture under control.

The Bounder is not a true 4 season RV, but you can make do with the right precautions.

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The Bounder is not a true 4 season RV, but you can make do with the right precautions.Ken
Good pointers and good to know...thanks!
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