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Old 11-18-2012, 10:11 AM   #71
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That's high praise. Red Green was my hero growing up!
Your Columbus and Ice Castle gig is reminding me of Possum Lodge.
Save this link for when it gets cold and the nites are long.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:07 AM   #72
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So we've been doing fine for the past while. The rig has survived perfectly with the only problem coming up as this persistent error coming from the control box for the 6pt leveling system complete with unending annoying "beep".

We've tried everything from the manufacturer yesterday to no avail, but as this is my nights turn we're going to have to wait until Monday for a fix. As I had to hit the rack.

There is one annoying problem we're running into. The door latch seems to be taking more and more effort to close. We either have to really slam the door or ensure we dead bolt the door to ensure it doesn't open in the wind. Yes, we've greased the door latch.

We've had a good stretch of weather lately, but this week we'll see sustained 0 to -15 deg with wind chills in the -30range. I'm not the least bit concerned. These rigs are really excellent, minor annoyances aside.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:31 AM   #73
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Great thread. I've enjoyed reading through the tips and tricks for surviving the cold up there.
I only recently saw my first Ice Castle. Over Thanks Giving we were in Minneapolis area visiting family and a buddy of my BIL has the Mille Lacs model. Oddly enough, he uses it on Mille Lacs and Leech Lake. Pretty slick set up if you're an ice fisherman

Stay warm Gypsy!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:07 AM   #74
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So we've been doing fine for the past while. The rig has survived perfectly with the only problem coming up as this persistent error coming from the control box for the 6pt leveling system complete with unending annoying "beep".

We've tried everything from the manufacturer yesterday to no avail, but as this is my nights turn we're going to have to wait until Monday for a fix. As I had to hit the rack.

There is one annoying problem we're running into. The door latch seems to be taking more and more effort to close. We either have to really slam the door or ensure we dead bolt the door to ensure it doesn't open in the wind. Yes, we've greased the door latch.

We've had a good stretch of weather lately, but this week we'll see sustained 0 to -15 deg with wind chills in the -30range. I'm not the least bit concerned. These rigs are really excellent, minor annoyances aside.
not sure if it is the same issue...... our door needing adjusting because it also would come open while hauling..... When it happened the first time I thought I had lost my mind and didn't shut and lock it! THEN it happened a second and third time.... started putting on the dead bolt but wasn't happy having to do that. It was in for some warranty work and we told them about it and they adjusted the door itself.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:21 AM   #75
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not sure if it is the same issue...... our door needing adjusting because it also would come open while hauling..... When it happened the first time I thought I had lost my mind and didn't shut and lock it! THEN it happened a second and third time.... started putting on the dead bolt but wasn't happy having to do that. It was in for some warranty work and we told them about it and they adjusted the door itself.
So you think it is sad having to use the dead bolt on your door while going down the road? Just depend on the little angular piece of pot metal latch to retain a entrance door,that has a moving frame going down the road,or even while setting up at campsite! The dead bolt isnt just to keep (Bad Guys) out! Youroo!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:31 PM   #76
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interesting post, I didn't think it could be done all year, you could very well prove me wrong, all the best!! TIP your potable water source from CG to prevent freezing if you let a little trickle overboard on the ground away from the trailer 24/7 should prevent freezing!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:28 PM   #77
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Gypsy- we had about 10-12" of snow in south central Mn. Looks like most of it went south of you. Did you get much? How is this cold stretch going for you?
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #78
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We are thinking about purchasing one of these units. The main reason was, we thought it was a four season coach. Am I wrong about this?
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:57 PM   #79
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We are thinking about purchasing one of these units. The main reason was, we thought it was a four season coach. Am I wrong about this?
They are not designed to be used in a Minnesota winter!. Gypsy is going through extra measures, changes, etc. to make his work for him. Anything below 20 degrees and I would worry about pipes freezing up. You will go through propane 20 pound tanks fast in a couple of days when the furnace keeps coming on.

If you compare the R factor in the walls and ceiling of Columbus rigs vs. other brands that have "winter package" you will find those have higher R factor ratings.

Soooo to sum it up yes the Columbus is a 4 seaon rig, just not Minnesota's 4 seasons. Anything about 1,000 miles south of MN you should be just fine. It's why we are called snow birds!!! When the snow hits, the RVs fly south.
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Soooo to sum it up yes the Columbus is a 4 seaon rig, just not Minnesota's 4 seasons. Anything about 1,000 miles south of MN you should be just fine. It's why we are called snow birds!!! When the snow hits, the RVs fly south.
We want to be a snow bird that flys south..... Right now We have to put the dreaded pink juice in our water lines....... and stay put. One day we will be snow birds in the winter and hummingbirds (that fly north) in the summer!
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