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Old 04-07-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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HW296 Cold(er) Weather Camping

We live in CA and have been fine weather campers. Itching to get the season started so we made reservations for this weekend in the Sierra foothills. Forecast is 39-41F at night and I'm a little nervous as we haven't used any of the heating options for the pup yet. Will the furnace be able to keep us comfortable at those lows?
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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Wstengaard. We have also camped in our pop up in weather similar to those you quoted. We go now in early spring and as late as October in Northeast. The furnaces which operate off of propane work very well. As a matter of fact you may be lowering your heat once it gets warmed up. Most pup furnaces are 20,000 btu. Bring extra blankets and enjoy.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:36 PM   #3
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Two nights ago it was 38 with a steady 15 mph wind and the furnace kept the temp in the mid 60's with no problem. We have a hw27sc (flagstaff version of the hw277).
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:21 PM   #4
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My HW296 (15), kept us nice and warm last fall in MO. Make sure you test fire the heater, we just turned it on and a few minutes later the smoke alarm went off, I guess it was burning some of the "newness" off. Also mine has mattress heaters, they also work very well.
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
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The coldest we ever did was 22 just outside Grand Canyon. I also was running a buddy heater by the door. I think where you will feel the biggest difference is from the mattress side. I recommend bringing sleeping bags to slumber in if you are dry camping. Or plan b could always be the buddy heater- never even bothered the carbon monoxide detector.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:49 PM   #6
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Beyond your comfort, make sure nothing freezes up in the water lines, etc. Here are some emergency winterization tips in case it does go below freezing: Emergency Winterization | Popup Camping 101
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We had Starcraft 1021 we bought new in '99. We decided to do a Spring package at Yogi Bear in Sturbridge, MA. The opening weekend in April hit 80 degrees. On a mid May weekend the temp dropped to 20 degrees. The only issue was that chilly run to the rest rooms overnight...brr
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Just camped in weather with 25° at night. Before dark, we turned off the water spigot outside, detached hoses and drained and all was good. Had the furnance running until bedtime and then an electric heater while we slept.
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We had Starcraft 1021 we bought new in '99. We decided to do a Spring package at Yogi Bear in Sturbridge, MA. The opening weekend in April hit 80 degrees. On a mid May weekend the temp dropped to 20 degrees. The only issue was that chilly run to the rest rooms overnight...brr
I think I remember that weekend. It was freezing and raining on Memorial Day also. Cindy Circle was a muddy mess.

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