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Old 08-23-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Wintering in Colorado

The plan was to be headed south before winter, but it looks like it's going take a little longer before we can hit the road.
Does anyone have any pointers/suggestions for living in my berk thru the Colorado winter?
And, please, dumb it down for this newbie. 😊


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Old 08-23-2015, 03:30 PM   #2
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The plan was to be headed south before winter, but it looks like it's going take a little longer before we can hit the road.
Does anyone have any pointers/suggestions for living in my berk thru the Colorado winter?
And, please, dumb it down for this newbie. 😊


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first off go somewhere where it will be warmer , Grand Junction , Delta, Montrose . Then completely seal around the underneath with straw bales etc
i live in Co and would not care to spend the winter there in my unit . get a heated water line , electric heaters put in good locations and good luck i'm headed to Florida
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I have to stay in Colorado Springs thru winter.
I will be getting heat tape for my water line.
I'll have to see what the park rules are concerning sealing things up around the bottom of my rig.
Also, have to make sure my tank heaters are working.
Would an electric heater in the largest storage bay help?


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Old 08-23-2015, 08:43 PM   #4
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not just your water lines but sewage as well , the tanks heaters will help . they do sale skirtings for rv i would look into it . you only need to keep things above freezing . be careful with space heaters and only use when home and at night when temps really drop .
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Then completely seal around the underneath with straw bales etc
i live in Co and would not care to spend the winter there in my unit . get a heated water line , electric heaters put in good locations and good luck i'm headed to Florida
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There are a few places on US24 just inside the city that have people all year long. It wouldn't be me, but they button everything up and seal it to the ground. You could drive down and go thru one of those sites to see what it takes, which seems to be a lot of work.

The majority of the winter will be manageable (at least most years), but there will be a couple of weeks below zero typically.
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Farmer Almanac is pointing to a colder winter than usual.

Please give us an update every now and then on your adventure.
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I've lived in this are for awhile, and just joined coast to coast, they have a park here with yr round sites.
We might still be able to get out before the weather gets cold. Got my fingers crossed.
But gotta have a plan just in case


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Old 08-24-2015, 12:00 PM   #8
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Colorado winters are "funny". You can get a HUGE snow in late September (even as early as Labor Day), but be 75 degrees on Christmas day. Of course, the lower the elevation the better.

The winter sun is incredibly intense. At 7000 feet, I regularly napped on my front porch in January, dressed only in shorts and a T-shirt. Actual temp about 45. But with that sun it's like being a french fry at McDonalds laying under a heat lamp.

Also because of incredibly low humidity (sometimes as low as 2 percent) 50 degrees feels like a nice warm day.

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One caveat. The hay bales may attract rodents looking for a warm place to camp.
I used 1" x 2" lathing to make a simple framework and attached 1" construction
foam board with deck screws and fender washers. Taped the seams with duct tape.
Cost a couple hundred bucks all total. Used heat tape on the water hose, but
disconnected it if it looked like it might get real cold and used the onboard water.
I made a couple doors in the skirting and kept my hoses under the rig.

I was in the NW though and not as cold as you'll be seeing.
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