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Old 09-17-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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Camping in the winter months

Hello everyone, I have been a lurker for a while but My wife and I bought a 3150 BHD in February. We have been "glamping" multiple times each month since and LOVE the life.

Now that we are getting into the cooler months I was trying to find some answers to questions and while searching I am not finding much.

1) We would like to continue using our trailer even in the winter and from time to time may go up in the mountains. Do you have to winterize your rig if you are going to use it say once a month? We live in Texas so we would love to be able to use it as often as possible.

2) We don't get too many really cold days here but if a good blue northern comes to DFW while we are in storage is there anything I can do to help with freezing pipes etc?

3) We have been boat people for years and used a engine block heater in the boat even during some week long 20* days and all was fine. Should I run the engine heater in the trailer?

Basically we want to be able to load up and go when the spirit moves us but winterizing would seem to limit our ability. We also don't want to plan to go to say South Dakota in January if we are going to have issues with the temps. I know the underside is insulated and covered but I didn't know really what that meant and our dealer here was not really knowledgeable. Any help is MUCH appreciated.


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Old 09-17-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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You can always dry camp. We've been known to camp in freezing weather also.
You have to improvise. We use water from a 7 gal blue jug for coffee, cooking and hand washing and
dishes etc. We heat water for dish washing in a stove top percolator after we've made the morning coffee. I empty the gray tank into a bucket and dump that down the toilet
in the nearest out house. IF they have heated bathrooms your golden! Take showers
and other personal hygiene in there. For those middle of the night pee trips we use the toilet and have a gallon jug of water sitting in the shower or tub next to it.
Just a splash down the john to "flush". Again, I empty the tank into a bucket for carrying to the
nearest outhouse or toilet.
IF ya gotta go #2 it means a walk to the nearest campground
restroom or vault toilet.

Don't forget to pour some RV antifreeze down any used sink drains to protect the J traps when you get home.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice... What temperature and how long are we talking before it becomes an issue? Let's face it if I spent several 10s of thousands on a trailer I would like to be able to use all the facilities I paid for. If I don't have to winterize I won't. I do have the dealership look it over every 6 months and at the years they do a thorough inspection to catch potential problems.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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From your post it sounds like you store your trailer somewhere so this might not work for you, but this is what I do.

Living in Phoenix AZ, we have very few really cold nights. I have never winterized our trailer. Our trailer is parked next to our house so there is some radiant heat for it. When it does drop below freezing it is usually for only a few hours in the early morning. If the low temperature is predicted to be 30 or above, I do nothing. If the low is predicted to be in the 20's I'll set the heater in the trailer to the lowest setting, just to keep a little heat in it. I have only had to do this maybe 5 or 6 times in the 6.5 years we have owned the trailer. I have not experienced any problems related to freezing.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice... What temperature and how long are we talking before it becomes an issue? Let's face it if I spent several 10s of thousands on a trailer I would like to be able to use all the facilities I paid for. If I don't have to winterize I won't. I do have the dealership look it over every 6 months and at the years they do a thorough inspection to catch potential problems.
I can't give specific advice to you because I'm not familiar with your trailer.
MY trailer has holding tanks exposed and un-heated. I expect they could
freeze in just a few hours on a cold night. YOUR tanks might be covered
and heated?? You say you're in Texas. Well pardner that's a pretty large
state I hear. North Texas is gonna be totally different winters than say
Brownsville TX. You say maybe you'll go "to the mountains". Again, that
covers a LOT of territory.

I'm just telling ya what WE do in Kentucky and southern Indiana when
we want to "get out there" during the winter.
You can use Weather.com to find average temps in the locations you
are going to visit. Also check the same for where you will be storing
your rig.
Ask more specific questions here and hopefully folks will give you
more detailed answers.

Welcome to the group and as always----
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
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Here in the Charlotte, NC area, I don't winterize, but if the weather is going to be below freezing either before or after we go to FL, we have an Eden Pure infrared elec. heater that we turn on and I added a switch to the furnace fan to circulate the air thru the floor ducts without actually running the furnace on propane. We also turn on the tank heaters as they are thermostatically controlled. So far, in the years we've been here, we've had no problems with anything freezing. Did have the water hose freeze in FL 3 yrs ago when it got down to 20 for a couple of hrs, but it was thawed out by 9:00 am and no harm done. We just used the water pump for morning showers & cooking/dishwashing. When we are parked, we usually fill the fw tank about 1/2 - 3/4 full just in case the city water has a problem.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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I don't winterize in the traditional method as we also camp frequently through the winter season.

While our camper is stored outside, if the weather gets below 32, beforehand I'll drain the lines by way of the low point drain plugs, then drain my hot water tank.
Just for precaution, I'll pour 1 cup of rv antifreeze in all drains and toilet (inside toilet bowl only). Done

Never had a problem using this method, like you I've always lived in the south so this works for our application.
When we go camping and it's below freezing, we'll run the furnace to keep floor, tanks and pipes warm and wrap our water line coming into the camper, that's it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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Curious...what is "glamping"?
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This is advice I received from a service tech at our dealership. He winter camps frequently, since he really can't get away during the summer months. And he winter camps in northern Wisconsin, where it is COLD, and I suspect much different from where you're going to be camping.

Fill your fresh water tank FULL. It takes a looooong time to freeze that much water. Use your tank heaters, although he said they aren't that much good. If you use your toilet in winter, flush with a small amount of RV antifreeze instead of water.

If it were me, to give me peace of mind, I'd open the low point drains, empty the water heater and blow out all of the lines every time you store it, just to be on the safe side. Saves you from having to buy tons of RV antifreeze. We used that method here in Wisconsin last year and it worked perfectly. We only used a small amount of the antifreeze to pour into each drain and the toilet to keep the seal from freezing.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:20 AM   #10
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Thank you all for the advice!

We live in Dallas and we have usually less than 3-4 straight days where we are freezing. I do store the trailer at a lot. I currently don't have a power supply when parked but I could upgrade if need be.

We are going to the smokie mountains in late October and want to go up into Oklahoma (Beavers Bend) in late November. We also were going to go over Christmas and in January too.

I know the tanks are all covered and insulated but not sure if there are "tank heaters"

I don't want to have to put the trailer up and not use during the winter as for the most part in North Texas the weather is around 40 but I also don't want to have water freezing issues.

Oh and "glamping" = glamor camping.
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