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Old 10-27-2014, 09:40 PM   #11
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We spent last December in Boston (Bellingham, MA). Some mornings dipped to 12 degrees and a few down to 8. Had a Pirit heated hose for fresh water and put a freeze cap over the inlet. Kept the tank heaters on most of the time. Had ordered the trailer with thermo-pane windows because we knew we would be up north in the winter visiting our kids.

Supplemented heat with 2 1500W Quartz heaters: one in the living room and one in the bedroom, both set to half to prevent the circuit breaker from popping. Kept relatively warm. We also had a heated mattress pad. We went thru one tank of propane per week.

The only issue was the dump valves which kept on freezing as they are exposed. Used a heat gun set on low to defrost each morning. Not fun. Since then, I have installed heat pads on the dump valves. Hope this fixes this issue as we will be back up in MA for Christmas.


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Old 10-27-2014, 10:06 PM   #12
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Depends on camper, but we have stayed in below freezing many times.....

Everyone has different opinion, but as with any camping it is how much you really want to do it, if not needed......we always take a few extra precautions, most of which you can do on your own real cheap....I would recommend wrapping low points or any exposed tubes with heat tape.....if you are traveling a lot on trip, just purge water lines when traveling.....I keep a small compressor(puts out low pressure) and just blew out lines before we left, it added about ten minutes to prep for leaving after draining hot water tank...if you are not using city water and using your tank, if it is exposed and not covered you can wrap it(done that before)...never had any issues....we tucked some added insulation into a few areas and around some areas that we were concerned with....you can buy or make your own vent blocks....maybe wrap windows......

mostly depends on much trouble you want to go thru.....

do recommend if you make or buy any winter items, dont throw away, get a cheap foot locker and store them...

good luck and enjoy
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:09 PM   #13
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We spent last December in Boston (Bellingham, MA). Some mornings dipped to 12 degrees and a few down to 8. ...
The only issue was the dump valves which kept on freezing as they are exposed. Used a heat gun set on low to defrost each morning. Not fun. Since then, I have installed heat pads on the dump valves.
So has your setup got R14 insulation (from latest specs)? As I was wondering how much this mattered, as some have R38.

I don't plan to stay in the cold for too long, so is good to know, if your prepared then it should be fine. I will be traveling through places where the weather could turn and don't want any nasty surprises.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:23 PM   #14
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Depends on camper, but we have stayed in below freezing many times.....

Everyone has different opinion, but as with any camping it is how much you really want to do it,
Thanks Outlaw and others for your comments, is helping a lot. I'm considering the Wildcat 312QBX - I like that its smaller/lighter. The Silverback 35QB4 or the dare I say here gateway 3650bh. Both have good layouts and insulation.

We are arriving in the US in Jan, from our summer, and hope to hit the road late Feb. I would have preferred to start in your summer, but I want to make the most of our time.

So what I'm hearing is if we wrap her up like a baby and take care. It should be a fun time.
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Full timing 3 years in Cincinnati. Had temps as low as -10 with no skirting. Heat tape and insulate your water line and include the park's valve and pipe all the way to the ground. Insulate your low point drains. Leave faucets dripping in extremely cold temps and skirting will be optional. Use a space heater instead of furnace and save propane. We keep around 65-70 with a 1500W forced air heater. This year is the first time I skirted ours and we are barely using the heater so far. Skirting for a 3 week trip wouldn't be worth the trouble.
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