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Old 12-23-2017, 09:32 PM   #1
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Camping in cold weather

Looking for insight too camping in Sedona az in February ???
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Old 12-24-2017, 04:50 PM   #2
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As far as...

...where to camp?
No idea.


...how to use your trailer in "cold" weather?
Weather records show the high/low of February '17 was 73/32 degrees with a historic average of 63/33 degrees.

Keep the propane tanks filled, your furnace functional, bring an extra blanket, set the thermostat at 70 and bring irish cream for your coffee in the morning!

In all seriousness, those temperatures shouldn't really be of any concern as the lows at night dip to near or right at freezing; however, those are for very short periods. If you were in MN and in less than 32 degrees 24 hours a day, you'd have a different set of concerns.
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Old 12-24-2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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Make sure you really have propane and not butane

If you are coming from a warm area there is a good chance your tanks are filled with Butane that will not evaporate at low temperatures. Make sure you are loaded with Propane.

We cold weather camp during the hunting seasons that regularly drop below 20F. Take advantage of the oven for cooking. Baked potatoes take an hour or so and it warms the trailer and smells really good. The oven is not a furnace - don't sleep with it on.

Keep the blinds/drapes closed as they help with the cold windows. Keep a roof vent cracked. We use the bathroom. There is a lot of moisture in a closed camper that will buildup.

Don't try to keep it at 75F. Put an extra blanket on at night and save $$ on propane and batteries.

Enjoy - the best time of the year

Merry Christmas
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:11 PM   #4
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Hidee ho and Merry Christmas! We routinely camp with our 2013 Surveyor Sport 220 throughout northern Arizona in some low temps. Even though our rigs have the sticker that says "Glacier Package" or some such thing, they really aren't insulated enough to be true 4 season so you have to get creative. We have heated holding tanks and enclosed underbelly so that helps but here are a few things we do to stay comfy:
We put carpet scraps backed with Reflectix over all the windows at nite (leave one open a very small amount for air)
We use an electric space heater as much as we can and set it to 50 degrees all nite to take the chill off (we turn on the propane heater when we wake up to 68)
We bring our own water and don't use the fresh water tank or water heater so we don't have to use the holding tank heater (we heat water for dishes or whatever in the microwave or on the stove) and we use the campground shower facilities (we don't dry camp) Using more than 2 of the holding tank heaters on makes the stupid power converter fan run all night and is annoying as heck
We put carpet runners down throughout the trailer for comfort as the floor gets a mite chilly
We us the foam inserts backed with foil in all the roof vents at night (which does help keep all that expensive heated air inside the rig)
We use sweaters, longjohns, sweatpants and lap robes to help out
We cover the door glass with a piece of Reflectix as well
We kept the 2 reading lites in the bedroom incandescant for the little extra heat they put out while the rest of the trailer has been changed over to LED bulbs (I'm not a fan of led's after having them for while due to the color of the light and they flicker some but they take such a significant less amount of electricity that before changing over to them if we had any lights on at all the power converter fan would come on incessantly)
I'm sure other members on here have other ideas that work well too.
Sedona is beautiful and it's not hard to get there and you shouldn't have to worry about the temps. Oh, if you can afford it, you can still use the campground water if you have one of those heated water hoses (which is on our wish list for when we have extra pesos)
Happy Camping!
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