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Old 11-03-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Cold weather camping - Upgrades?

So - Anyone here do any colder weather camping?

My wife and I are looking to travel pretty extensively this winter and were likely to hit a couple of cold locations along the travels.

Are there any upgrades we can do to make the travels and cold weather camping a little easier?

I have not picked up our 2015 Legacy 340BH yet, however I was thinking of course heat wrapping the fresh water lines - but curious what the legacy will be able to handle.

I think heating pads on the tanks will be a must (Don't think it has them) - however the entire basement isn't insulated or have any ducts for heat at all I assume?

What type of weather can we hope to survive? What are you guys doing in the colder weather situations?

We built a large garage (40x64 w/ 16' ceilings), insulated and heated - so storage is not a problem when we're here in MD, however we hope to be traveling a lot of the time and would hate to be dry for months.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:44 PM   #2
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So - Anyone here do any colder weather camping?

My wife and I are looking to travel pretty extensively this winter and were likely to hit a couple of cold locations along the travels.

Are there any upgrades we can do to make the travels and cold weather camping a little easier?

I have not picked up our 2015 Legacy 340BH yet, however I was thinking of course heat wrapping the fresh water lines - but curious what the legacy will be able to handle.

I think heating pads on the tanks will be a must (Don't think it has them) - however the entire basement isn't insulated or have any ducts for heat at all I assume?

What type of weather can we hope to survive? What are you guys doing in the colder weather situations?

We built a large garage (40x64 w/ 16' ceilings), insulated and heated - so storage is not a problem when we're here in MD, however we hope to be traveling a lot of the time and would hate to be dry for months.
I talked to Mitch at Forest River regarding some of this. I specifically asked if there was a duct in the wet bay somewhere and he claimed yes. I haven't been able to officially verify this as it is almost impossible to see much in there.

I am very curious about this.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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When I bought my 340KP last week, the dealer installed heat pads on each of the water tanks (free of charge).When he ordered them, FR told him to make sure the furnace vent to the water pump compartment was a certain size. It wasn't, according to FR, so the dealer enlarged the vent and inserted a vent hose directly from the heater to the pump compartment.

Also, I bought a multiple-sensor thermometer at Camping World. I put a sensor in the pump cabinet and one in the sewer drain cabinet. The main unit I have in the main cabin. That way, I can monitor the temps of both water cabinets. It seems to work well here in the Black Forest of Colorado (7800ft altitude). We're getting ready to make a trip to Minnesota next week for a couple weeks.

Another idea I had was to line those two cabinets with Styrofoam-type insulation. That should be fairly easy to do. You can get that stuff at Home Depot or Lowes.

I already drained the water lines and will put antifreeze only in the traps and the water pump, not the main water lines since I already blew them all out.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:29 AM   #4
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Actually, the pump bay and the sewer bay are one big bay with the water tanks between them. So, if you heat one bay, your actually heating them both.
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PS: This will be our first trip with the new rig, so I want to be totally ready for anything, especially bad cold weather.
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When I bought my 340KP last week, the dealer installed heat pads on each of the water tanks (free of charge).When he ordered them, FR told him to make sure the furnace vent to the water pump compartment was a certain size. It wasn't, according to FR, so the dealer enlarged the vent and inserted a vent hose directly from the heater to the pump compartment.

Also, I bought a multiple-sensor thermometer at Camping World. I put a sensor in the pump cabinet and one in the sewer drain cabinet. The main unit I have in the main cabin. That way, I can monitor the temps of both water cabinets. It seems to work well here in the Black Forest of Colorado (7800ft altitude). We're getting ready to make a trip to Minnesota next week for a couple weeks.

Another idea I had was to line those two cabinets with Styrofoam-type insulation. That should be fairly easy to do. You can get that stuff at Home Depot or Lowes.

I already drained the water lines and will put antifreeze only in the traps and the water pump, not the main water lines since I already blew them all out.
Any idea where this vent is actually located in that compartment?
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Any idea where this vent is actually located in that compartment?
Interested in this as well - and how do you get to it? I'm all about insulating my lower compartments and/or adding heating.
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Cold weather camping

In the last issue of trailer world magazine their is a article abour this must read if going camping is cold weather.

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Old 11-06-2015, 12:02 PM   #9
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Had a hard freeze here in Colorado last night, down into the teens. I set the Legacy thermostat for 50 degrees and turned on the tank heat pads. The rig is in our lot getting ready to go to Minnesota so we weren't camping in it, just experimenting. The cabinet with the water pump got down to 28 degrees. The sewer cabinet got down to 31. Going to need some extra insulation in those bays if were going to use water in freezing temps. Luckily, I blew out the lines a couple days ago, and put antifreeze in the traps and a little into the water pump itself. Unfortunately don't have time to change the engine or generator oil for the colder temps. Should I put Cetane additive in the diesel fuel to keep it from gelling up?
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Had a hard freeze here in Colorado last night, down into the teens. I set the Legacy thermostat for 50 degrees and turned on the tank heat pads. The rig is in our lot getting ready to go to Minnesota so we weren't camping in it, just experimenting. The cabinet with the water pump got down to 28 degrees. The sewer cabinet got down to 31. Going to need some extra insulation in those bays if were going to use water in freezing temps. Luckily, I blew out the lines a couple days ago, and put antifreeze in the traps and a little into the water pump itself. Unfortunately don't have time to change the engine or generator oil for the colder temps. Should I put Cetane additive in the diesel fuel to keep it from gelling up?

What outside temp did you hit to get those values in the bay's?
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