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Old 09-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #11
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Hi SeaDog,
To answer your question. We camped in Colorado in October.
It gets down into the teens at night there. The CG's insisted we disconnect
our hoses overnight. So we filled our fresh water & turned on the
tank heater. No problems. Check every night at the CG what the
overnight temperature is going to be. Then in the morning rehook to
showers etc.

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Old 09-22-2016, 06:03 PM   #12
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I keep it simple. Winterize the whole water system. Use the Campground bathroom facilities. Keep 1 or 2 cases of half liter water bottles. Cook outside to minimize smell and condensation inside the RV.

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Old 09-22-2016, 06:23 PM   #14
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:58 AM   #15
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Extreme temperatures, like youroo stated, winterize and camp without running water or using the holding tanks. Filling and using FW like was mentioned is good if milder weather; as well as, attaching dump hose only when you need to dump and store it dry. If you have tank heaters, don't fill the tanks all the way up; they won't keep a full tank from freezing as easily as they will a partially filled tank.

If you have shore power use electric heaters as much as you can... burning LP either in the furnace or stove / oven creates massive amounts of condensation inside. Cracking open a ceiling vent and if needed, running the fan will help with that.

Some folks put a small electric space heater in the wet bay / compartment of 5ers and MHs. Light bulbs can melt plastic and make a mess. On a travel trailer, it might be possible to place a space heater in the area between belly pan and floor, but I would put a remote temp sensor in there to know whats going on and be able to turn it on and off as needed.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:13 AM   #16
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I ran into this problem when I discovered that my 2011 Georgetown isn't a 4-season rig. I do/did the following:
1. Always run on internal water
2. Always camp overnight where there's AC power available.
3. Fill fresh tank in the morning just before leaving the campsite.
4. Always run the hot water heater overnight.
5. Set vent/AC control to recirculate

Modifications I've made
1. Install shutoff valves on the low point drains inside the plumbing compartment
2. Install an AC outlet on the roof of the plumbing compartment
3. Zip tie a gutter heating tape (300W) with internal thermostat to all of the pipes in the plumbing compartment. Wrap tape 3x around the water filter and hold in place with electrical tape.
4. Install an inverter (Xantrex MSW 1000W with internal transfer switch) to run heating strip and fridge while driving.
5. Make interior window covers from reflectix insulating material. Attach to window frames using full length strips of velcro.
6. Carry three electric space heaters. With 50A power they all can be used at once when plugged in as follows: 1- any non-GFCI outlet, 1- any GFCI outlet, and the third plugged into the microwave outlet. Each of these outlets is on a different circuit breaker in my rig.

We've been warm and toasty with temperatures in the mid teens while another rig in the park who didn't turn off the water froze the hydrant which burst when the ice melted.

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Old 09-25-2016, 09:40 AM   #17
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It has to get really cold to freeze things up while you are camping.
What temp do I need to start worrying? This is my first year camping (I'm a newb), and I'm trying to anticipate his long my season'll be. I'm thinking I can probably make it until thanksgiving. After that it'll be dry camping only.
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It's sort of a personal thing but I keep a close eye to things once the overnight temps drop into the 20s, I have camped in the middle of winter here in Idaho and was sung as a bug in a rug.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:55 AM   #19
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Hi gspot01,
To answer your question & this is only general. If it's above freezing
during the day & only dips below freezing overnight - then no problems.
You need freezing in the evening & freezing entirely overnight before
most pipes freeze.
Also if you're driving and the thermometer in your TV goes below
freezing (32F), get off the roads. It's hard and dangerous enough to drive on freezing roads but now you have 1 or 2 more axles.
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Old 09-25-2016, 05:57 PM   #20
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Tips for extending the camping season.

I've started blowing the water out of the lines and emptying the water heater between trips just as a precaution. I will do the full winterization with antifreeze when I'm truly done for the season.


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