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  • Vista Cruiser at Morro Bay, Ca.
Winter trips in your "B"
« on: December 21, 2008, 03:39:26 PM »
Any winter trips planned in your Vans?  I will be driving from Upstate NY to Mrytle Beach to play some golf and take some walks on the beach in January.  I have never been to Myrtle Beach in January so if anyone has been there give me a few hints for making this a successful trip. I have done some insulating of my Vista Cruiser with extra insulation on all the windows for more comfortable sleeping.


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Re: Winter trips in your "B"
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 03:20:37 PM »
I can see that his thread is rather old ... but it is relevant for me now. I purchased my ERA in November 2011. I planned and have been travelling all winter. Mind you this winter has been milder than most. Nonetheless, I have had temperatures as low as 23º F some nights. Other than the normal winterizing of the plumbing system I haven't done anything special at this time. I have noticed that a lot of cold air is coming from the rear door and under the coach area. I suppose some temporary insulation of some kind (even an old blanket) would help.

I find that the MCR roller blinds act as a good insulator for the windows. Nothing else used.

Genrally speaking I was fine with the furnace running. When I had shore power I ran a small ceramic heater and that was all I needed. Well ... not all. Several good, warm blankets and comforters helped keep me as snug as a bug in a rug.  ;D In fact I got so warm on occasion that I had to turn off the furnace. Mind you ... when I had to get up in the morning i sure wish I had a remote control to turn the furnace back on. Damn it got cold in there overnight on several occasions.

I only had one occasion when the propane furnace didn't work. The regulator must have got frozen the one night. After it thawed out that first time ... I never had the problem again.

Anyone else with a Mercedes/Sprinter chassis or any other Class B doing some winter travelling and have some tips or tricks??

2012 Winnebago ERA.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


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Re: Winter trips in your "B"
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 11:08:11 PM »
A couple of years ago, we spent an 18 degree night at Bryce Canyon in Utah. The park asked everyone to disconnect the water for the night. We ran our furnace/heater. No problems. We don't put water in our hot water heater or fresh water tank. We carry bottled water and hook up to water when we can. And we dump frequently. During the winter, we put anti-freeze in the grey and black tanks.
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