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Old 10-26-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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How cold is too cold?

I'm wondering how cold is too cold to stay in a 5th wheeler? Am I crazy to think a week or so in below freezing (at nights) will be ok? I've heard some people do a ski trip, but most hibernate the rv.

Any thoughts from those who have done this before, and if they would do it again?

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Old 10-26-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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Did it many years ago in my old TT which wasn't the best insulated. Low temps were in the 20's and I used enough gas to keep the interior about 50-55. Worked fine for me.

My last trip in my new 5er, which is far better insulated, saw lows of about 40 and once again, I kept the interior about 55 or so. I wouldn't hesitate to go into the 20's or possibly even lower. I also have a heated belly for the tanks, R38 insulation, I'm perfectly happy in a cold room sitting under a blanket, etc.

It depends on the unit, how prepared it is, and how cold we're talking, but in general you should be fine. Keep an eye on your LP levels as you can go through that pretty quickly.

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Old 10-27-2014, 01:24 AM   #3
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I usually camped at a CG During Ski season... (Temps would get well below freezing reaching -14* a few times)..They offered full hookup.. Of course you had too take care of everything on your rig... What I did was Wrap a skirt around bottom to block wind and placed a few 60 watt bulbs underneath to keep things from freezing down there...Heat cable wrapped around fresh water supply line...I would have the local propane guy deliver a 100gal propane tank beginning of season...but really only used it for cooking.. Preferred to use a few oil filled radiant heaters..

Got to the point I could be up and running in less than 30minutes.. And winterize in about the same time... Did that for 3yrs never had an issue..and never had a cold night inside the camper..
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:02 AM   #4
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Biggest problem will be the fresh water hose freezing.


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Old 10-27-2014, 05:11 AM   #5
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I stay in mine 250 to 300 days each year. As stated above stop air flow under camper. Water hose can be heat taped or buy one that is a heated hose. If changing CG would get the 50' to be safe. Heat tape the water spigot and wrap in insulation.

It's 32 here this morning. Didn't have the hose plugged in and water wasn't frozen. Haven't skirted yet.

It's not that bad just be prepared and know what to expect.

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Old 10-27-2014, 08:32 AM   #6
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Your other posts reflect that you are going to try a (2 month trip) starting in late March with (5) people in a (40ft 5wheel). Washer & dryer and some (Dry camping). Your concern is (Freezing) others have said to skirt your unit and place light bulbs,not going to happen on a (Driving Trip)! Your low point drains,outside shower,and other (LOW or Uninsulated) areas will freeze. For a (Better) family trip think about Warmer time of year for this part of the USA! Youroo!!
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:52 AM   #7
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Keep a spare (drained/dry) freshwater hose ready. If your starting with a all season 5r then just a few adjustments is necessary..
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:52 AM   #8
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Or al least a coouple of freshwater jugs.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:02 AM   #9
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If your going to use during cold weather make sure and run a dehumidifier to keep moisture low. Windows will get condensation and walls may sweat from heat being on.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:15 AM   #10
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We're in our 3rd year of full timing. We spend our winters in the North Texas area where temps sometimes get into the 20s and frequently freeze overnight. An overnight freeze in the 20s is no big deal--keep some warmth in your underbelly (I just turn the lights on), drip your faucets (using your fresh water tank & water pump if you are disconnected), and open cabinet doors to let warmth to your pipes. But temps in the 20s for a couple of days or more will likely cause some of your water lines to freeze. You'll have to wait for them to thaw and hope for no breaks.

We've never had any damage so far--just a day or two without water. Water tank heaters and wrapped pipes won't protect you in prolonged 20s. For reference, we've never had a skirt on our rig so I can't speak to how much that would help.

For winter camping & long hard freezes, I'd recommend you winterize your water system and use bottled water & campground restrooms.

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