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Old 01-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Winter Camping

Hope this suggestion will help others who enjoy winter camping.
Our Rockwood 2306 was still chilly even with a ceramic heater running. I went to Target and bought an electric blanket.
Now we can still enjoy winter camping even if it is only nine degrees out at night.
I only wish I would have thought of getting the blanket last winter.
We just had a great weekend of camping. The only thing we are missing is more snow.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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We have the electric/ heated mattress........wife keeps it set at 1000 degrees.....
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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I have the heated mattress also. I have a really thick memory foam mattress. Our mattress did not get warm.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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I have the heated mattress also. I have a really thick memory foam mattress. Our mattress did not get warm.
I've got three heated mattresses and two of the bunks have memory foam on top (2" and 1 1/2") have found three tricks with them. One is starting it on high (6) several hours before bed. The other is to lay a thick sleeping bag or comforter on top of that. The third thing was found by accident. One of the beds had a bunch of duffel bags sitting on it as it was warming up. Its was noticeably warmer than the other.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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Cold Conditions Camping

We're also planning on a cold conditions camp-out in a couple of weeks. The temps in the evening will dip below 0. We have an heated mattress, which we will pre-heat before bed and an electric heater.

We are dry camping, but will run the generator up until bed time. I hope our dual 6 volt batteries will power the heater for 7 or 8 hours so we can keep the chill out!

We have added some insulation to the headboard area. Our first outing the temps dipped into the mid-30's and our heads got cold.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #6
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I would agree..Camping in the winter is COOL..... literally. We were at a CG a few weeks ago and the CG host came by to tell to watch out for the freeze the next few nights. We got to try out our artic switch..not exactly sure what it keeps warm, but it must work as we had no issues. Other campers did have broken plumbing due to freezing. I dont think I would travel in snow conditions, but rain and cold is fine as the heaters and electric fireplace do well....Keep them doggies rollin..
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:31 PM   #7
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My hats off to you guys, sounds awfully cold...heck I ran our a/c last night. I'm currently sitting outside of my Puma enjoying a cold beverage and getting ready to watch my Spurs beat up on the Suns.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:15 AM   #8
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Another Option to add to your 2306 is the Heating Elements that can be added to your A/C Unit.

Saves me from using the Gas Heater
Very Easy to install.
I added one to mine and cost me $46.93 - the bad part is if you dry camp the Heater Element add will not benefit you unless you run a generator or AC Power

Here is the link to that thread - Just Ordered Optional Heat for my 2306
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We are dry camping, but will run the generator up until bed time. I hope our dual 6 volt batteries will power the heater for 7 or 8 hours so we can keep the chill out!
If you're talking about a standard 1500 watt electric heater, I doubt very seriously it will run more than an hour or so off the batteries. You'll have to run an inverter to go from 12V (battery) to 110 (heater). If you're talking about running the mattress heater, maybe. They run off 12v don't they?

Something you might want to do is test your theory out at home before you try it for real.

How's this for winter camping?
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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I LOVE winter camping! No hot, muggy weather, no bugs, no snakes, NO PEOPLE!

We purchased a Sunbeam heated mattress pad form Wally-mart and it works great.

I also got some of those silver mylar bubble wrap looking solar car window shade things. Cut then to fit inside our window frames , put them between the window and the blinds. Creates dead air space and insulates some. Helps keep out the cold, morning sun and heat in the summer. Easy to install and easy to remove and store.. and CHEAP. I also use a push curtain rod to hold them in place.
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