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Old 10-26-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Whats coldest temp

WHat would be the coldest temp we could camp at fully hooked up without damaging the coach. (2012 tracer bhd)

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Old 10-26-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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We've camped with temps below freezing (as low as the mid 20's). The only thing you really need to remember is that the holding tanks could freeze if temps remain below freezing for an extended period. But, we have found that if you keep the interior warm there should be no problems. If your underbelly is enclosed, then the ductwork for the furnace will help keep the holding tanks above freezing. We did have to insulate the fresh water hose from the standpipe to the TT but, didn't have to use any heat tape. We only had our uninsulated hose freeze once in Myrtle Beach when I didn't expect the temps to get down as far as it did (23 degrees) but, it quickly thawed out when the sun got to it.

Well that's been our experience. Hope your "cool weather" camping trips are as uneventfull as ours.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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I did a week-end at -15 to -20 degree Celsius. However I did not use any of the holding tanks. However I don't think one has to worry about that in Texas. My last camping trip was daily highs of high 40 degrees F, with nightly lows in the high 20's. No issue of holding tanks freezing. However I have an enclosed underbelly. My site was a power only. The only thing I have heard to watch for is condensation on the windows. To avoid that try using an electric heater to supplement your furnace.

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Old 10-29-2011, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thank you and I just woke up to heavily condensated windows. I thought was normal till I read ur post! So I need to get an elect portable heater so main furnace won't cycle as much?
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:48 AM   #5
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Thank you and I just woke up to heavily condensated windows. I thought was normal till I read ur post! So I need to get an elect portable heater so main furnace won't cycle as much?
Condensatrion comes from water usage in the tt and from our breathing. Leave the roof vents slightly open and/or a window as well. Air movement also is key to holding down condensation, so a small fan would also help.

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When showering, be sure to use the fan in the bathroom vent.

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Old 10-29-2011, 09:27 AM   #6
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We were forced to spend the night at 5* F with only 30 amp electric. Luckily we were still winterized. We left all but a small slide at the foot of the bed closed, run an electric heater and made out fine.

Double pane windows preventd much condensation but the windshield of the MH had 1/8" thick layer of ice inside!


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Old 10-30-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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Electric heat will not others have said, keep the roof vent cracked and maybe even a window. Electric heat will not remove humdity which is the source of condensation..Condensation is humidity in the air cooling near poorly insulated areas like windows....if anything, run a dehumidifier instead of opening vents. Using an electric heater could actually lead to frozen pipes and tanks because the furnace, made to heat the underbelly, is not running as much.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:20 PM   #8
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Last weekend we were at Devil's Den State Park in Ar. Friday night it got down to 17 degrees. Our Trailer sits out so eveything was cold when I set it up. The walls,floors,furniture,etc were cold,so it took a few hours for everything to warm up. We went stupid and left the water hose hooked up, and the hose froze. Not a big deal as it thawed pretty quickly. We also found out that the park shuts off the water pumps at a certain temp in the winter. The main compartment was kinda chilly but not unberable.We only stayed the weekend also,and it warmed up during the day.
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i just went through a -46c windchill week. use electric heat, use a fan to keep the air moving around and preferably a dehumidifier to keep the ice off the windows and doors from the moisture in the air.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:18 AM   #10
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I've often wondered the same thing. We have the heated tanks and I'm curious as to what temperature these things will actually work at. 30's, 20's, 10's, etc? Could we fill up the freshwater tank and use everything for a weekend with the temps in the teens, provided we use our furnace?

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