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Old 09-22-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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Tips for extending the camping season.

I have a Coachmen 310BHDS and I'm looking for ideas on what I can do to extend the camping season. The cold weather is coming and I'm not quite ready to call it quits. How can I best protect my trailer to extend the fun a wee bit longer?
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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Winterize and Dry Camp! Lots of Propane and 120V,you will be "Good to Go"! Youroo!!
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Can I add antifreeze to my holding tanks and still use the sinks and toilet with bottled water?
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:07 AM   #4
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Can I add antifreeze to my holding tanks and still use the sinks and toilet with bottled water?
Depends how COLD it gets and How Diluted the AF becomes from adding Water! Youroo!!
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It has to get really cold to freeze things up while you are camping. If you are at a campground with hookup then a heated water hose is a must. your tanks and piping should be fine with keeping the furnace on and the inside warm. Use your systems as normal don't use an electric heater instead of your furnace or some of your piping in the storage areas may freeze (I had this happen) In-between trips dump all tanks and water heater and winterize the plumbing.
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It has to get really cold to freeze things up while you are camping. If you are at a campground with hookup then a heated water hose is a must. your tanks and piping should be fine with keeping the furnace on and the inside warm. Use your systems as normal don't use an electric heater instead of your furnace or some of your piping in the storage areas may freeze (I had this happen) In-between trips dump all tanks and water heater and winterize the plumbing.
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If we get a freeze warning I have disconnected the water hose and used the FW tank until the freeze danger is over....just depends on how cold and for how long the freeze is supposed to be!

A dehumidifier is a handy thing to have as well to help combat condensation buildup!
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If we get a freeze warning I have disconnected the water hose and used the FW tank until the freeze danger is over....just depends on how cold and for how long the freeze is supposed to be!

A dehumidifier is a handy thing to have as well to help combat condensation buildup!
Correct. We camp all winter in NC, sometimes when it gets down in the teens. Of course, we are in an area where it usually gets well above freezing the next day. So depends on where you are. All we do is heat the interior of the camper and use heated hose. Never a problem.
We end up winterizing 4 or 5 times each winter, but only takes 15 minutes.
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Simple, become a fulltimer and winter in the south.

But yes, the above- if it's just a short freeze warning overnight- you can disconnect the water hose and run off of the fresh water tank/pump.
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Hi Rollingdunder1,
Rio Grande Valley is OUT of the question! Spent 3 winters there.
2011,12 & 13. First year was gorgeous but Very Windy. The last
2 years were all rain and wind. We go to Arizona now. Much Better!
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