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Old 02-09-2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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How cold too cold? 1st winter

Have had our 122s for 7 months and have camped each of those. Looking to head out this long weekend, but temps predicted highs in the 20s and lows in low teens with one night single digits.

We are dry camping with electric hook-up.

Is there such a thing as 'too cold' to camp in an A frame? We bundle up inside, run the furnace and have heating pad on mattress. We've done teens before.

Any advice on too cold? Precautions to take? Also, how much propane might we use for three days/nights? We have two full tanks.


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Old 02-09-2015, 08:19 PM   #2
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I would use one or two electric space heaters and have the furnace as a back up. That would save on your propane.

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Old 02-10-2015, 06:46 PM   #3
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What is the fun at low temperature like this...not to mention the risk of breaking something ??
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:40 PM   #4
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I think two electric space heaters would blow you out of the Aframe. We use one electric heaters and it does fine..
When we have not had electric and the temp got down to low teens F*, and the thermostatic set to 55 at night, bring up to 65 when we get up and eat then turn off during the day. we got a week on one bottle.
We also use the gas heater to bring the temp up then run the electric heater.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:34 AM   #5
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I've been in Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone with temps in the low teens and not had any issues. I used just the furnace in the A frame, no other heaters.
I have added some reflectix in certain areas inside and also replaced the weatherstripping on the door.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:26 AM   #6
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Too cold was never an issue for me. My real issue and problem was the intense condensation on all interior walls, and actually getting the clothes and everything else wet in the closets and cabinets. I camped several times in teens, and ran only the furnace and an 8000 BTU Olympic Heater as back up. I dry camp only so I do not have the benefit of electric to run an electric heater and or dehumidifier. The unit is FR Superlite TT very well insulated. Instructions and conventional wisdom is to open a window for condensation and safety factor for the Olympic Heater, but then cold air comes in and didn't alleviate the condensation.

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Old 02-16-2015, 08:33 PM   #7
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My wife and I have camped in - 25 c with a a frame and had a wonderful ski weekend in Canada the heater worked good for us and by the way the snow falls off the a frame real nicely.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:14 PM   #8
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We find the heated mattress along with the furnace sufficient, but how warm you like it will probably be the final word on that. In our old camper (a VW bus w/pop-top) we used a single oil radiator heater and it kept it nice and toasty, so I would agree on the dual space heaters being overkill. Camp in the driveway one of these nights when it really cold and see if the furnace is enough.

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Old 02-19-2015, 02:32 PM   #9
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Camp in the driveway one of these nights when it really cold and see if the furnace is enough.
The furnace will undoubtedly be enough heat for any temperature one could really camp in. The only question is, can you sleep through the noise? I avoid using the furnace when I can.


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