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Old 10-26-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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I am looking for advice and any information on winter camping. I don't see a thread on winter camping - are there any pros out there?
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Old 10-26-2015, 01:31 PM   #2
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There are numerous threads on winter camping.
At the top of the page is Search.
Enter the term Winter Camping in the Google Search box at the bottom and you will find the threads.
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I am looking for advice and any information on winter camping. I don't see a thread on winter camping - are there any pros out there?
There are very few here who do winter camping. You can find much more on a general search on the Internet.
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:16 PM   #5
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I am looking for advice and any information on winter camping. I don't see a thread on winter camping - are there any pros out there?
Hi, welcome to the site.

Lots of great reading here on cold or winter camping. Most folks will put their Escape trailers away for the winter once temps start getting below freezing for the most part. Some actually sooner. It is possible to stay in an Escape in the winter, but you would be pressed to try to use any of the water components, either fresh or waste. Outside of water, you will just have to keep the furnace running way more often, and ensure adequate ventilation for the removal of moist air, or condensation will cause problems.

If camping in the winter is very important to you, I would suggest looking at a Bigfoot, a double walled, and better insulated trailer, but you pay both in weight and dollars for one.
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:24 PM   #6
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My solution for winter camping is to head south! I didn't do it last winter, and ended up having to shovel the roof of my house in February. Today I'm in Texas at the Arrowhead Lake State Park, heading to Arizona, and it is 72°F at 1:30PM.

I have run into a few cold nights, 23°F the lowest so far on this trip. As long as I don't hook up a water line, the furnace or, if I have utilities, my ceramic electric heater keeps me warm enough at night. I'm not all that interested in camping in the snow, so I do my best to avoid it...
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Kym, yes, heading south is what most with trailers do!

An Escape is not said to be a four-season trailer but lately many more seem to be getting the foam spray and maybe heat pads. "Winter camping" is different to different people. You would have to say where you will be and the temps so as to know if you mean possibly using your water system or not. But still, you will find less than a handful of people who have actually used their Escapes in well below freezing weather and that was often very briefly. Escapes are generally not used in winter unless owners are in a warm area.

There are Canadian Escapes that have been taken to such places as southern Florida or southern California or southern Arizona in winter. So if you want to do winter camping, those would be the best places to go. Even then you can have freezing temps.
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I try to camp at least one weekend a month over the winter. We have camped over Superbowl weekend in W. Va where it went down to 5 degrees at night. The cg are empty and very quiet. That said your Escape, properly prepared will allow you to camp comfortably in the winter. If you can find a site with water, get yourself a heated water supply hose, a little $$$ but worth it. With the optional foam spray, double windows, extra insulation, insulated door and door windows you are just about ready. With the E-Z winterizing set up you can still use your toilet via pumping antifreeze if you do not have water. A piece of carpet remnant on the floor will keep your pets happy. Installing a little electric heater will allow your propane furnace to rest. If no hookups your furnace will keep you warm.
Keep your vent cracked and blinds up to allow air to circulate over the metal window frames, the source of some condensation. Install some boat fabric around your mattress also.
Build a fire and enjoy the solitude.
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Old 10-26-2015, 03:22 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your your responses. We are not planning on being too aggressive with the cold weather issues but are just not ready to shut down for the winter. We have insulated tanks, solar, heat pads, extra insulation, double windows and will look into the heated water hose. So far our plans will take us to -10C at night with + 7-10 daytime.
As a new escape owner, your comments and ideas are appreciated.
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Thank you all for your your responses. We are not planning on being too aggressive with the cold weather issues but are just not ready to shut down for the winter. We have insulated tanks, solar, heat pads, extra insulation, double windows and will look into the heated water hose. So far our plans will take us to -10C at night with + 7-10 daytime.
As a new escape owner, your comments and ideas are appreciated.
Ken
But not all of us put our trailers up. As has been suggested, search the prior threads and then you can ask specific questions. We have dry camped as low as -23 F
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