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Old 12-06-2016, 07:41 PM   #1
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Towing in below freezing temps...

Has anyone encountered any issues with their camper when towing when its really cold below freezing. Just wondering if things might crack or caulk separate because of twisting etc.,just curious.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:20 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure not but other will chime in.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:41 PM   #3
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I towed in the low teens and haven't had any problem. Snow and ice !! I towed in a big windstorm 40 mph and the door didn't close right for a month or two. But cold no problem.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:53 PM   #4
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I can't comment on the structural integrity as I live in southern Arizona but I can pass along a warning about roads in cold weather.
A few years ago I was pulling my trailer on a very cold morning. I was on a straight, damp road with cruise control on when I crossed over a dry stream bed. There was a culvert running under the road. I was not aware of either of these. When I drove over this the back end of the truck stepped out to the side followed immediately by a buzzer going off (loudly) and the traction control light flashing. Scared the heck out of me but everything was alright once I calmed down.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:30 PM   #5
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Only issue I have encountered is the anti freeze turns to slush at about 10 degrees but won't freeze solid, that is unless you blew your lines out with air. One time my trap under my sink was blocked by slush but a few moments with a hair dryer opened it up. More expensive anti freeze doesn't turn to slush as early as the usual lower priced brand that is good to about 40 below.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:31 PM   #6
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I have towed for hours way below freezing. My only concern is ice or snow patches.
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:19 PM   #7
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I have washer/dryer hoses under the bed that flex as the slide is extended. At 10 degrees one broke. My trailer flooded. Nasty mess inside just when I wanted to be warm and dry. Had to take the bed apart, remove everything, plug the line with a Sharpie. Since, I was dry camping, I had lost all my water. Spent a miserable night, wife got sick, had to stop at a hospital.
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Old 12-07-2016, 04:57 PM   #8
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I was on a straight, damp road with cruise control on .......
Quite often a fatal mistake.

CC use ONLY on dry pavement.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:11 PM   #9
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Inside panel on the exterior door cracked. But I'm pretty sure it was from using it in below freezing temps.
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Quite often a fatal mistake.

CC use ONLY on dry pavement.
A friend of mine totaled a nice 3/4 ton Dodge diesel that way a couple of years ago. I never use CC on wet roads even in hot temperatures.
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I noticed when towing with -20 celcius that the gas consumption increased significantly. As it warmed up the further south i went then the gas consumption slowly went back to normal. I just put it down to bearings, lubricants etc all loosing viscosity and causing friction to increase. Oh and the suspension was essentially solid at this temperature also.
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I noticed when towing with -20 celcius that the gas consumption increased significantly. As it warmed up the further south i went then the gas consumption slowly went back to normal. I just put it down to bearings, lubricants etc all loosing viscosity and causing friction to increase. Oh and the suspension was essentially solid at this temperature also.
The colder Intake Air Temp reading to the PCM dictates the mapping of fuel delivery. It's like running with the choke out a little.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:57 PM   #13
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A friend of mine totaled a nice 3/4 ton Dodge diesel that way a couple of years ago. I never use CC on wet roads even in hot temperatures.
Also want to add never use cruise control, jake or exhaust brake on wet pavement while descending a mountain grade. Trailer may end up to passing you.
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Old 12-09-2016, 06:30 AM   #14
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Many of these units are made in Northern Indiana. They are shipped 12 months of the year. So I see no issues pulling in cold weather. Northern Indiana see some extreme temperatures changes so I say they are made to withstand what your asking about.

I'm sure some have caulking & cracking issues. But doubt it's because of being towed in cold temperatures

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