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Old 06-11-2013, 12:28 PM   #11
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We tent camped for a good 25 years without electricity in early April and late October at a state park in Pennsylvania. Go into it expecting it to be cold, hope for chilly and be shocked if you get warm weather. :-) It's never been awful cold- occasional freak occurrences of snow and temps in the 30s but we've also seen 65 degree days and 50s at night.

We have found that 2 sleeping bags are required unless you spend the money on a really good 0-degree bag. We sleep in one and throw the other over top of you. If you can sleep with your head/face covered- all the better. I usually sleep with a beanie/hat and a warm shirt and then "whatever" for my bottom + feet.

When we camped in a pop-up, still had no electricity and no furnace and did things the same way.

This year we had electricity and my pops/his wife took a space heater into their tent.

Finally, dress warm - each person has their own plan for how to manage being outside in the cold (we literally use the tents for changing + sleep and are outside for the rest of the weekend- eating, socializing, etc.). My philosophy is that I add extra clothes before I'm cold and try to stay ahead of it. My sister says she'd rather get cold and feel warm with the extra clothes when she finally has to.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #12
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Two of Texas main renfaires are early spring and late fall I've tent and popup camped at both. I used the Little Buddy propane heater they have a low ox senser so are fairly safe just use common sense and make sure a window is cracked open. It normally kept the camper around 70 with the outside temp in the mid to high 30's. I used a sleeping bag with a couple of extra blackets and never really felt cold.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #13
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RenFaire Camper - your screenname alone makes me jealous. I haven't been to a ren faire. in YEARS!
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #14
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We live in Texas and unless you like to spend a lot of time in the river or lake during the summer, spring and fall camping is the best where temperatures are milder. Of course you have to prepare for everything as the weather is subject to change quickly.

However, we spend a week in the hill country in the spring and the fall and love it. Summers, we head to Colorado.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #15
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Our last hybrid had heated mattress which were worth there weight in gold in lower temperatures. With the mattress's keeping the beds warm there was a lot less reliance on the furnace which in a hybrid comes on way to often when the temperature drops.

We have a rear bed slide now which can still get a little cool so we bring along an electric blanket to make sure we're ready if the need arises.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #16
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I do use a little buddy for the lack of noise and Have it right next to co2 detector with no issues. Use on low only.
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We live in Idaho and went camping in early May in our Flagstaff 24d and it got down to 22 degrees. We have heated mattresses and heavy blankets on top and ran our furnace halfway on the control and kept really warm. Noses got a little cool but slept fine and had to take socks off because they were sweating.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #18
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Two years ago we were out in our pop-up on a night where it dipped to 26 degrees. It was only around 40 during the day. Our's had heated mattresses, which I am convinced made more difference than anything else. We had 2 small electric space heaters and the propane furnace. We were comfortable all night. However if you rolled over in your sleep and put your arm, or anything else, on the canvas, you knew it was COLD out there.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:46 PM   #19
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Yep- make quick work when using the bathroom!
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Here in Florida, you will need AC.
Haha... I was thinking the same thing!

For cold nights, socks make a huge difference in keeping yourself warm. Other than that, I got nothin'. I left the cold behind years ago!
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