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Old 06-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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early spring and late fall camping

So, Here I go again with yet more questions. I am sure people have gone camping in the early spring and late fall. How does that work out in the pop up? Do you end up freezing or do you actually stay pretty warm in one? Sorry for all the questions.

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Two things you need.
Flannel sheets
Down comforter or down sleeping bag opened up as a comforter.

Without supplemental heat it can be as little as 10 deg warmer inside than outside.
If it's 30 in the morning it might only be 40 in the trailer!

You don't mention heating so I'm assuming you want to know what to expect
without heat.
IF you have electric hook ups where you're camping that changes everything!
You can use an electric space heater or you can run your LP furnace!
You can be as toasty as you want to be.
Keep in mind the LP furnace blower motor is a battery hog so you are limited to
how much you can use it if you are boondocking on battery power.
I'm sure others will have suggestions.
We love spring/fall camping! The CGs are much less crowded and there's something
about the crisp fall air in the morning that just gets my blood pumping to be outside!
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We camped for over 20 years in a tent and went early spring/late fall. We always took an electric site so we could run our small electric heater. The key though, is to warm yourself from the bottom - get a heated mattress pad. Laying on an electric blanket will also help. You'll be surprised how toasty it keeps you.
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Here in Florida, you will need AC.
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Did thanksgiving at Williams, AZ & Grand Canyon this past year. Ran the furnace and extra heater as stated before. Had heated mattresses and blankets- so used a ton of power - lol. Got down to 24 at night. Kept furnace and temp right around 50-55 and was wArm. If you plan trips in colder weather, need to think about your water supply and water tanks. We had CG water supply and hose never froze up but I don't think anything around our camper froze either!😝
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We do alot of early spring late fall camping with our popup. As it has heated mattresses, we stay nice and cozy even when we once had an issue with the furnace not coming one - and it got down into the 30s that night (suspect an issue with the propane as had just switched tanks and did not have a good gas flow, which seemed to work itself out when it warmed up that morning.) I now do bring an electric room heater to supplement and save propane.
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I am reading a lot of people have electric heaters. I am guessing the little buddy propane heaters are not popular?
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Just remember, cold outside + heater inside = condensation on inside of canvass.
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I am reading a lot of people have electric heaters. I am guessing the little buddy propane heaters are not popular?
I would be cautious with a propane heater, they need proper ventilation and are usually labeled for outdoor use.
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The Little Buddy propane heater is labeled for indoor use when using a small disposable propane tank. Yes you do have to have proper ventilation when using but it is not hard in a pop up. We bought one for tent camping and kept it with the pop up but an electric heater is much more conventient when the hookup is there. Plus those small tanks never lasted the night. Those Buddy heaters are pretty nice. They have tip over protection and will shut off if the O2 gets too low.
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