Cold weather camping #thingsIdo
Hey there Frog Pond
Glad you got some good advice from all the members, I’ve been through your neck of the woods many, many times over the years, kids played ball in downtown PC in the old Quonset hut NG armory gym on a wet cold and rainy night, took three weeks to get over that one BUT as any parent automatically responds “the things we do for our kids” Anyway I set up my rig twice a year for a 2 month duration in the dead of winter in a “camp-for-work” situation. I set it up in Ten Mile, and Soddy Daisy, TN. Not sure how cold you are dealing with, but in these two spots I have dealt with Zero degrees, I do not have heated tanks nor a 4 season rig, here’s what I do:
Hard pipe drains, heat tape faucet (hose bib, city water supply), as well as dump valves. Wrap Low Point Drains (from the caps to the underbelly). Remove outside shower hose and shower head , then stuff all insulation I can get in there and still close the door. When the temps are 20 degrees and above I keep the Fresh tank and Grey tanks empty, dump black tank as needed, use space heater in bath room, I open cabinets where the heat can permeate the room. Note: I place the heater on a piece of fire retardant wood, it’s a ceramic with the tip over shut off, it has a thermostat, and it oscillates. I usually set it on 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the temp drops to Zero. I use the bath house for shower, shut off and drain the fresh water supply hose, I use gallon jugs of water to make coffee, flush toilet, etc... basically I dry camp.hope this helps if you’re ever camping at Monte Sano or Joe Wheeler give me a shout.