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Old 10-25-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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Cold weather camping

Did some more prospecting before winter time comes along. It got pretty cold at night, around 20 degrees! I'm glad that I broke in the furnace over the past couple weeks, because it got a workout for sure! I did feel bad for the guy and his two sons that were camping in a tent, but the only person that I have to worry about is the wife!

We kept the thermostat at 60 overnight, and the furnace would kick on maybe twice an hour for about five minutes. The only thing that woke me up was my wife saying that the roof was leaking. It turned out that it was condensation. The two of us and three dogs makes for alot of water droplets in the camper!

I finally ordered a 80 watt folding solar panel. It worked great. I bought it off of ebay from sandiegoimportsllc. The last thing that I wanted was to have the furnace go out on our last night because of a low battery. But the high altitude sunshine worked great with the panel. I don't know how many times I've checked the battery with my multimeter, smiling everytime I seen a higher voltage. I did upgrade the wiring to a 12 gauge wire, 15 ft long, and added quick disconnects from the panel.

I'm still on the first tank of propane from when we bought the camper. I thought for sure that I would have been on the second tank this trip.

All in all, we are glad that we bought our camper. I'm really glad that we got the toyhauler version for all of our extra prospecting equipment and other gear. Our next trip will probably be in Arizona in feburary.

Happy trails.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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ya condensation is a problem in an air tight trailer.
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In one of the pictures that's a serious looking campsite fire.

I suck at building a fire so my campfires looks more like a Bic lighter.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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Did you find your retirement fortune while prospecting?

Very cool campsite, well actually it looks pretty cold! I'm looking at the snow (or heavy frost) on your gear

Good to hear your furnace worked well. Have fun in AZ and let us know how that trip goes. Oh yes, we'd love to see some pics of that trip too!

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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Did you sleep in sleeping bags?
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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Gold gold gold gold gold gold....fevavavava!! Sounds like fun!

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How long to charge batteries with that? How much $?
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Camping out to nite. Low of 34!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #9
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In one of the pictures that's a serious looking campsite fire.

I suck at building a fire so my campfires looks more like a Bic lighter.
Yeah, it was a roasty fire for sure! When I was taking the dogs for a walk, it started to sprinkle. Looking at the mountains, you could just see the clouds coming down towards us, so we went back to the campground and started the fire. I had alot of wood left to burn before we left the next day, so we made it a good one!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:12 PM   #10
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Did you find your retirement fortune while prospecting?

Very cool campsite, well actually it looks pretty cold! I'm looking at the snow (or heavy frost) on your gear

Good to hear your furnace worked well. Have fun in AZ and let us know how that trip goes. Oh yes, we'd love to see some pics of that trip too!

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I found enough to maybe pay for the gas that we used. To me, its a chance to go camping and make some money. If I don't find anything, its still better than being at work!
I love it in Buena Vista. During the day it was in the 50s. The last night was cold enough to partially freeze our one gallon containers of water! After running the furnace the first night, the battery voltage was at 12.27 I think. That was after playing the radio while playing cards, running the LED lights and the furnace. I didn't know what to expect since it was the first time running the furnace off the battery, and not off of power cord plugged into the house.

I tell you what, when we go to arizona, we won't be going in August! That was miserable dealing with the hot weather at night, rattlesnakes, and spiders. This was before we had the camper, we just slept in the truck and ran the AC all night!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:18 PM   #11
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Did you sleep in sleeping bags?
The wife sleeps on the bigger bed with the two chiuahuahs, and I sleep on the bed where the table is with my chocolate lab. We have some cheap $20 sleeping bags, down comforters to lay on, and my wife made sewed up some warm blankets. I woke up a couple of times feeling too warm, but that was probably my Lab, she likes to cuddle up against my back.
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How long to charge batteries with that? How much $?
I'm not sure how long it took from 12.27 volts,I was too busy playing in the water, but by the time I went up for lunch, the LED indicator was showing that it was trickle charging. I guess it helps to have a trailer that is insulated well, with a great performing furnace and LED lights to put a low load on the battery.

It was 250, free shipping.
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Camping out to nite. Low of 34!
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The wife sleeps on the bigger bed with the two chiuahuahs, and I sleep on the bed where the table is with my chocolate lab.
Sounds like a one dog (or two tiny dogs) night. hehe

Your deer photo reminded me of the 4 turkey I saw 20' from our home yesterday. Don't they know Thanksgiving is less than a month away?





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as a teen, a half century ago, I and 5 others camped around central/southern California (Yosemite, Sequoia, Kern River, Lakes Arrowhead and Big Bear, Angeles Natnl Forest) - shelters were Pup Tents or none, sleeping under the stars

one Winter at Big Bear we had 3 tents, placed end to end, in/on the snow and it snowed so hard at night(s) that the caved-in sides of the tents restricted turning over while sleeping

the only heat we had were our sleeping bags at night and a campfire during the day (along with our bullet-proof teenaged bodies) - was fun.....THEN

now I only go where I can take clothes OFF to be comfortable - layering on, never again.....Bill
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Camp driveway last night, 21 F outside, 68 inside with a little ceramic heater and also heated mattress pad. Very comfy =)
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Are you headed to Quartzsite? We have a blast when we go on digs..thinking of going out on a trip w/GPA next year... We think it might be fun to socialize now and then...I am also pleased with the large deck on the trailer -great for equipment and motorcycles. Cool photos, thanks for sharing! Solar is on the list...haha...well after Cattledogs kayak set up....LOL
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Felt very comfortable in camper. 34 outside. Since there was electric, I used ceramic heater inside. Kept heater at 55. Left roof vent open a little Used sleeping bag. In morning I used the heater's remote to warm it up to 60. very pleased.
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