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Old 03-12-2016, 07:51 AM   #11
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We have camped several times in below 0 F temperatures
The coldest was 17 below zero F. Our water system was drained and winterized. We hauled jugs of water in our vehicle and used RV antifreeze for flushing the toilet. When temps get that low every thing tends to freeze , so we carry very little with us except for frozen food , alcohol and plenty of propane.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:08 AM   #12
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Thanks Steve. I'm hoping to not have to rewinterize, but sure would in the temps you're talking about. We may just need to change our plans and stay further south if the forecast stays the same
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:30 AM   #13
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Thanks Steve. I'm hoping to not have to rewinterize, but sure would in the temps you're talking about. We may just need to change our plans and stay further south if the forecast stays the same
The problem for us is we live too far north to get out of the cold quickly. When we left home on or trip south it was about
25 below F ,17 below where we camped the first night and 7 below on the second night.
When we finally got to Alabama there was snow in the ditches.
We have camped for 3 or 4 days when the lows were in the teens and highs in the 30's to 40's .
Living in Wisconsin you realize how short our summers are so we do some Spring and Fall camping to extend the season.
We are up to a sunny 48 deg this morning and I am outside enjoying the warm weather . Ice on the lakes is showing signs of starting to go ,maybe 2 more weeks and it will be gone . Only about 14" of ice is remaining. Been a very mild Winter!!
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:58 AM   #14
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It is truly a strange time of the year .On the North end of our lake they are ice fishing and on the South end they are out in boats fishing. It got into the 60's yesterday , next week we are supposed to get a bunch of snow. Spring is a great season.
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The problem for us is we live too far north to get out of the cold quickly. When we left home on or trip south it was about
25 below F ,17 below where we camped the first night and 7 below on the second night.
When we finally got to Alabama there was snow in the ditches.
We have camped for 3 or 4 days when the lows were in the teens and highs in the 30's to 40's .
Living in Wisconsin you realize how short our summers are so we do some Spring and Fall camping to extend the season.
We are up to a sunny 48 deg this morning and I am outside enjoying the warm weather . Ice on the lakes is showing signs of starting to go ,maybe 2 more weeks and it will be gone . Only about 14" of ice is remaining. Been a very mild Winter!!
Saw this post from a while back. Iíll be leaving from Wisconsin on Tuesday (12/26), and the temperature is likely to be about -15F. Heading to Arkansas, where it will be warmer, but still below freezing at night. I plan to pretty much dry camp the whole time. Might let the water jug at the kitchen sink drain into the gray tank and empty that before heading back north. I have spray foam and tank heaters. Any suggestions on getting prepped for leaving? Should I run the furnace the night before to warm it up, or just let is stay cold till I stop for the first night?
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DED, you should be warm in your Bigfoot in sunny Arizona.
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DED, you should be warm in your Bigfoot in sunny Arizona.
True, but is has been in the low 30's overnight all this week here at Quartzsite. Of course it is hitting the mid 60's during the day.
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:09 PM   #18
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Saw this post from a while back. I’ll be leaving from Wisconsin on Tuesday (12/26), and the temperature is likely to be about -15F. Heading to Arkansas, where it will be warmer, but still below freezing at night. I plan to pretty much dry camp the whole time. Might let the water jug at the kitchen sink drain into the gray tank and empty that before heading back north. I have spray foam and tank heaters. Any suggestions on getting prepped for leaving? Should I run the furnace the night before to warm it up, or just let is stay cold till I stop for the first night?
We ran the strip heater in the A/C and our furnace for about 48 hours before we left Wisconsin .
We got up early in the morning ( 5 AM) , loaded our trailer and hooked up to the tow vehicle .
Put jugs of warm / hot water in a tray in bathroom and kitchen
We then left for Georgia , the temp outside was 25/ 27 below zero depending on where you looked .We drove through Wisconsin down in to central Illinois and camped for the first night . The jugs of water in the trailer were frozen solid, as well as most of the stuff in the refrigerator.
We never tried running the furnace while driving , we wanted to get to our first campsite with full tanks of propane. ( Running out of propane at 2:00 AM is not desireable)
Pre heating the trailer does little good , the heat is gone in a couple hours of travel .
We did the trip South for about 4 years and then decided it just wasn't worth the effort for us. We now make late Summer / Fall trips to places we really want to see , we no longer go someplace just because it's hot .
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:35 PM   #19
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Saw this post from a while back. Iíll be leaving from Wisconsin on Tuesday (12/26), and the temperature is likely to be about -15F. Heading to Arkansas, where it will be warmer, but still below freezing at night. I plan to pretty much dry camp the whole time. Might let the water jug at the kitchen sink drain into the gray tank and empty that before heading back north. I have spray foam and tank heaters. Any suggestions on getting prepped for leaving? Should I run the furnace the night before to warm it up, or just let is stay cold till I stop for the first night?
We ran the strip heater in the A/C and our furnace for about 48 hours before we left Wisconsin .
We got up early in the morning ( 5 AM) , loaded our trailer and hooked up to the tow vehicle .
Put jugs of warm / hot water in a tray in bathroom and kitchen
We then left for Georgia , the temps outside was 25/ 27 below zero depending on where you looked .We drove through Wisconsin down in to central Illinois and camped for the first night . The jugs of water in the trailer were frozen solid, as well as most of the stuff in the refrigerator.
We never tried running the furnace while driving , we wanted to get to our first campsite with full tanks of propane. ( Running out of gas at 2:00 AM is not desireable)
Pre heating the trailer does little good , the heat is gone in a couple hours of travel .
We did the trip South for about 4 years and then decided it just wasn't worth the effort for us. We now make late Summer / Fall trips to places we really want to see , we no longer go someplace just because it's hot .
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We've started to run the furnace on low while we travel. Before we tried that we carried the freezables in the truck and didn't worry about the trailer. We did stay in a hotel that time and took the stuff in with us.
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