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Cold weather camping!
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:39:21 PM »
Well I am going to see just how well insulated my rig is for the next few days.  After leaving Vegas we stopped off in Big Bear Lake for a few days.  We are meeting up with the kids and grand kids that we haven't seen in months!

But the temps are going to hit the low 20's and teens for the next several days.  Have never been in temps this cold in this rig, so it will be an adventure.  We are running  2 space heaters, one in the front and one in the back. So far it's about  26 outside and it's pretty comfy inside.

I am also running a small ceramic heater in the wet bay with the thermostat turned down. A remote thermometer shows about 54 in the wet bay right now.  I may have to  turn the heaters down a touch for bed tonight though. I can't sleep when it's too hot.

I also have the roof vent in the mid rig area open about 2" to let the moisture escape.  Now if I just didn't have to take the dog out to pee.........
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 05:57:02 AM »
My dogs get cold in weather like that too. ;D
But it does speed them up.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 06:27:27 AM »
No snow? Big Bear Lake is lovely. Enjoy the time with your family. You'll just have to get the furry drawers out  :o
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 08:07:16 AM »
No snow? Big Bear Lake is lovely. Enjoy the time with your family. You'll just have to get the furry drawers out  :o

Flannel sheets and pillow case are comfy too.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 09:08:39 AM »
Can't be much colder than Yellowstone Sarge.  Like you, we don't sleep well when it's too hot so open a window and turn off the furnace at night.  Have gotten up many times when it was 40 something in the coach. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 09:33:49 AM »
You may be right Gary. Last night worked out fine, in fact a little too warm in the coach. 67 degrees inside the rig this morning, and 23 outside.  The water bay stayed a reasonable 50 degrees. I will have to turn down the heaters a bit tonight.  Also have a heating blanket on the bed, had to turn that off at 1 AM as it was just too warm. 

Strong winds coming tonight and all day tomorrow.   That should make the 20 degree temps interesting.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2016, 03:14:58 PM »
Sounds like you are doing just fine. It has not been very warm in AZ the last few days either, and gets even colder going forward. Good news is it will eventually warm up.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2016, 05:15:27 PM »
It got cold here in FL last night too. It went down to a freezing 65 degrees.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 11:59:32 PM »
Your killing me Rene! Only going to hit 30 tomorrow, and high wind warnings.  This is going to be fun.........
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2016, 06:37:16 AM »
Your killing me Rene! Only going to hit 30 tomorrow, and high wind warnings.  This is going to be fun.........

Head south Marty.  ;D
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 10:19:34 AM »
Oh I am going to Sunday.  It's a beautiful morning today. Bright, sun shine, and colder than a SOB.........
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2016, 11:37:43 AM »
Oh I am going to Sunday.  It's a beautiful morning today. Bright, sun shine, and colder than a SOB.........

 :o ::)  SOB!!!  South of the Border???   ;D :D ;)
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 02:39:42 PM »
Been in our trailer for the past week. Lows have been down to 27*. Running small electric heater and furnace set at 70* for when the electric can't keep up. It makes it bearable, but the pleather seating and vinyl floors still stay cold. We keep throw blankets on the recliners and wear house shoes to ease the chill. It's ok for short periods, but much more than a week, we would have to get serious about fixing things to ward off the cold.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 06:55:05 PM »
You need to be running your furnace to blow warm air into the basement and into the holding tank area.  While these areas will be find down into the mid or even low 20's for a few hours as long as the sun comes out in the day time to warm things up. 

Back to the furnace, about an hour or so before you go to bed, turn off the space heaters and run the furnace.  When you go to bed lower the thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees, depending on how cool you like sleeping.  The furnace coming on a few times while you sleep will keep the compartments from freezing.  Especially important if it gets into the teens. 
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2016, 10:46:53 AM »
  Not all rigs are configured to heat the lower bay's,,,be carefull.>>>Dan
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2016, 06:32:29 PM »
That's why I went with the small heater in the water bay. Keeps the bay about 50 degrees when its 17 outside.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2016, 08:20:15 PM »
What...no electric blankets or throws or did I just miss the mention of them?
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2016, 08:28:21 PM »
What...no electric blankets or throws or did I just miss the mention of them?

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Marty said "Also have a heating blanket on the bed".
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2016, 08:04:21 AM »
You need to be running your furnace to blow warm air into the basement and into the holding tank area.  While these areas will be find down into the mid or even low 20's for a few hours as long as the sun comes out in the day time to warm things up. 

Back to the furnace, about an hour or so before you go to bed, turn off the space heaters and run the furnace.  When you go to bed lower the thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees, depending on how cool you like sleeping.  The furnace coming on a few times while you sleep will keep the compartments from freezing.  Especially important if it gets into the teens. 

If this was directed towards me, I am very well aware of this. That's why we set the tstat for the furnace like we do. When temps get to the freezing point outside, there's no way the 1500 watt electric heater will keep the trailer 70*, so the furnace will run when needed.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2016, 09:54:48 AM »
I was able to keep the rig toasty using just the two electric heaters. The built in fireplace in the front, and a tower model in the middle that also has a rotate function. Set by the doorway into the sleeping area and rotating between heating the bedroom and kitchen area worked well. We even had to turn the heating blanket off after warming the bed because it would get too warm. 
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2016, 12:57:02 PM »
You may be right Gary. Last night worked out fine, in fact a little too warm in the coach. 67 degrees inside the rig this morning, and 23 outside.  The water bay stayed a reasonable 50 degrees. I will have to turn down the heaters a bit tonight.  Also have a heating blanket on the bed, had to turn that off at 1 AM as it was just too warm. 

Strong winds coming tonight and all day tomorrow.   That should make the 20 degree temps interesting.
We use an electric blanket as well, but just to warm up the bed. It gets too hot if kept on during the night.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2016, 09:45:48 PM »
  WELL,,, you-all are obviously PLUGGED IN!!>>>Dan in Utah ( our highs have been below freezing for a month.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2016, 11:02:32 PM »
Since I like to be comfy, I have a very similar setup style as SargeW.

I have two 200 W heaters in the water bays, plugged directly into shore power and remote thermometers which indicate about 50 degrees when it's in the teens outside.

Inside, a mod added two 20 amp breakers and outlets with 12 Romex to power a front 750/1500 W heater and a center similar rotating tower heater which covers the entry, kitchen, hall and rear bedroom.

When prepping for bed I turn off all the inside heaters, set the furnace thermostat at 60* and turn on the bed electric blanket. When I get into bed I turn off the electric blanket (it's just too warm to sleep under at any temp) and enjoy the weight of the electric blanket.

In the morning, I turn on every heating source as soon as possible.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2016, 12:48:40 AM »
Our coach has been doing great with the colder weather, mid 20s early in the mornings, in Ponca City. But we are heading for San Antonio on Tuesday. Its going to drop into the teens on Wednesday. Im not sure the tanks on this coach could handle that much cold.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2016, 12:59:16 AM »
Small, 4" x 6", 200 watt space heaters are available at Ace Hardware for $20 each or $15 if on sale.
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2016, 10:19:31 PM »
Caryl, keep in touch and let us know you and Bob are doing.  Also how the rig is doing in the cold weather.
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« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2016, 09:45:44 PM »
The 1500 watt space heater in the water bay worked really well. I had the thermostat switch turned down to about the 1/4 setting. This kept the water bay at about 50 degrees even in the low teens outside.  I picked up the space heater at Home Depot for $20.  They had a cheaper one for $13, but it had no adjustable thermostat, just some set settings, like 400 and 600 watts.  I liked being able to adjust the thermostat up or down as needed.
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Re: Cold weather camping!
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2016, 02:39:15 PM »
Sarge, I can't imagine why that Phaeton could't handle a little cold. We woke up one January morning, in a grocery store parking lot in South Central Colorado, to -7F. The pipes and tanks didn't freeze on our 95 Bounder. I think we did find the furnace's limits?

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« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2016, 02:59:57 PM »
And you may be 100% correct Richard. It is partly my paranoia that causes me to take extra steps.  I just still hear my mom's voice in my head, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  I guess I really was listening.......
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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2016, 08:49:21 PM »
And you may be 100% correct Richard. It is partly my paranoia that causes me to take extra steps.  I just still hear my mom's voice in my head, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  I guess I really was listening.......

And I agree with your Mom.
What I didn't mention was the remote thermometers in the wet bays. I'm just as paranoid as the next guy/gal. Got to stay politically correct. GRIN
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