What I was really wanting to ask is if anyone does camp during the winter months when there is snow and such? Temps here can reach -30c and will average around -10c to -20c. My main concern is with the slide outs, can they get frozen where you cannot open them or close them? The slide out on our Tracer is a cable drive.
I was thinking that with them open and if you get snow on them and and then clean them off to close them, they will still have some snow or ice. When you close them, this will melt some as the trailer was heated and then will in turn freeze again. I would hate to damage the trailer due to this. Maybe there is something that can be placed on the seals and such, like vaseline or something to prevent them from sticking? Or am I worrying about nothing here?
There is also the issue with snow and everyone playing in it and then coming into the trailer. We will do our best to brush off most of it before entering the trailer, but there will still be some and this will increase the moisture levels. I was thinking of having a small dehumidifier to combat this.
Main source of heat will be an electric unit and supplement with the furnace if needed. I was surprised to see just how fast the furnace can drain the 30lb propane tanks
The campground will have hydro available 24/7 , but since we will not be there all the time, I do not think it would be a good idea to leave some heat on low in between our visits to the trailer when it is unattended.
We really do want to get the most out of our trailer and I know people do use them during the winter, so we are just looking at what we can or cannot do.