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Old 02-22-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Mini Lite in Cold Weather

I am looking for feedback from owners of Mini Lite trailers on their experience with camping in freezing temps. I am hoping to purchase a 1901 next week. I know they don't have heated or maybe even enclosed (I haven't looked yet) underbellies but I'm wondering how low a temperature the pipes can withstand with the heater running inside the camper and what if anything I can do to extend the temperature range. I'm also wondering if getting the option of heated tanks is worth it. If there are exposed pipes that are going to freeze there doesn't seem much need to heat the tanks???

I ask because in transition months, I'm likely to encounter drops in temperature either while on the road or most certainly between trips. I'd rather turn on the heat rather than going through winterization during short periods between trips. I'm sure many of you have this issue.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
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They are (NOT) made for (Freezing weather Use)! Youroo!!
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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No enclosed underbelly. Most of the plumbing is between the composite floor or in cabinets, but inside heater will do little to help. As long as you are connected to CG water, and gray tank empty or open, leave a faucet on to trickle overnight in the cold. As for the holding tanks, you can add tank heaters yourself. If you don't mind the expense, you can have the underside of your floor spray foamed to insulate for the best solution, or use batt insulation and install underbelly enclosure material, which you can purchase.
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Thanks, Geotex1 for giving me some ideas to look into.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:09 PM   #5
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Terrib972, our 2109S has the open under-carriage. I did have the tank heaters installed when we purchased. We have camped several times in mid 20 degree weather at night without any problems. I turn on the tank heaters, disconnect the hose and run a little water once in awhile during the night. For even colder weather you can leave the anti freeze in your lines and use bottled water for brushing teeth, toilet etc. and use the tank heaters on your grey and black water tanks. So far no problems. I like to stretch our Minnesota season as much as possible.

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Thanks, GlacierGus. That is good info to have. I don't plan extended periods in subfreezing temps. I just want to get away with those dips!
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