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Old 09-24-2015, 05:29 PM   #1
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Gizmos for winter boondocking

We are planning a winter vacation to the Smokeys and I am wondering what effect Gizmos will have in retaining heat in my 2006 shamrock 19. We have been out in 19 degrees and batteries lasted 1 night. We now have a generator to replenish the batteries but will the Gizmos be much help?
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:27 PM   #2
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I would also be using the reflectix or Ecofoil for the window areas. Makes a big difference at those temps.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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For an inexpensive experiment, purchase a few space blankets and cover windows. Use between bed platform and mattress as well

http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Myla...space+blankets
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For an inexpensive experiment, purchase a few space blankets and cover windows. Use between bed platform and mattress as well

http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Myla...space+blankets
These do not work as well as Popup Gizmos, nor are they as durable.
You can get the Sportsman or All-Weather blankets, which are made from the same material as PUGs are.
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You can cut foam core boards(art supply stores) and put inside windows, large skylight and side door(no insulation) at night. Just stack them out of way during the day. Use the pillow- like insulation inserts in the vents.(Camping World carries them.) Hang a heavy blanket between cab & coach if it's a RV. Most heat loss comes from the cab. I also cover cab windows inside and out.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:35 PM   #6
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Ps- I wish more RV's had the option of dual paned windows.
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Old 09-25-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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Just a clarification here.
The OP is talking about the tent end and its screen windows, because we're talking about a hybrid TT.
Not glass windows.
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:38 PM   #8
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PUGs work very well. I also used the reflective blankets, or the bunk-end liners from the same company that makes the PUGs. We used these, while winter camping in our PUP and they worked very well. Nice and toasty in the bunk end.
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We got a couple military casualty blankets off Ebay and reflectix from Lowes...about $70 and makes a world of difference.
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Good question I don't have a hybrid but my son does. I think the bubble foil insulation put between the tent support bars and at the tent end and under the mattress. Just putting that out there. My thought bring lots of propane, hook up another battery, get a double sleeping bag and a lot of blankets and cuddle up. Your better than I am, I'm not going in our hard side camper in that cold weather.
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