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Old 10-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Winter Camping: Potty, antifreeze, or ?

So, we have a new Palamino Hybrid, 23' with the two bunk ends that extend. Took it out last week to test it out in colder temps to see how it worked. Even down to 38 degrees F we were toasty warm between furnace and/or space heater. Even extended both beds...used the heated mattresses and had electric blankets. Actually too warm for me.

Anyway, my husband plans to use it all winter...in Ohio, about 2 nights a week to be near his job, parked with electric access only, keeping both bunk ends closed up, and using the sofa bed to sleep. We have it winterized, so he won't use the water. But...wants to use the toilet just to pee (he has access to indoor shower and bathroom nearby during the day). Any advice about whether he can safely do this without tank contents freezing? He plans to have antifreeze in tank, but should he also use it each time he uses the toilet?

Also, any advice about covering the slideout...there will be snow, rain, ice perhaps....? And he's planning to use some type of insulation underneath.

I think the biggest issue will be frustration with not using water...but he's more worried about being warm.

Advice welcome.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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search this forum for "winter camping". (which is how I found your question)

We were looking for similar questions and while I don't feel comfortable saying this is my advice...the consensus of what I've read so far seems to be pour some RV antifreeze down the toilet and it'll be all good. A few cups or so.

There is also a way to heat the water hose - two that I've read about. One is some type of electrical "wrap", and the other is an actual already built heated hose. Someone suggested the namebrand PIRIT - which I then searched at Campingworld and runs about $100 - under for 25ft, over for 50ft.

Hope that helps.
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Just found this thread - it has links to other sites (none of which I've looked at yet) about winter RVing.

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