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Old 09-24-2014, 07:06 AM   #11
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I would put a piece of reflectix between the front window and the awning rock cover to give it better "insulating value" in the winter's nights.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:25 AM   #12
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There are a few members of this forum who use their Escape trailers all winter. The various options which render these trailers more or less winter capable are what drew us to the brand in the first place, and are rare in the industry. My hope is that folks will share tips, strategies and stories here as we move into colder weather.
Winter is such a relative term. For those living far south in areas where summers are unbearably hot, winter is the time of year when the Escape trailers come out and the camping season is in full swing. Where I live in northern Alberta, the winters can be unbearably cold for months at a time. I find that it is usually cold enough by mid to late October such that it is necessary to drain all of the lines and tanks and winterize with RV antifreeze. My Escape has the extra insulation and the dual pane windows, which helps to stretch out the camping season for me. Although some do use their trailers all winter long (often not using any of the plumbing in the system and having their propane furnace run continuously), I prefer not to be towing my trailer on icy roads or on wet slushy roads, particularly with all of the road salt used in the cities and on the roads around here. By end of October, my Escape will be winterized and will sit in my yard all polished up and covered, ready and waiting for spring. Depending on how good the spring weather is, April will typically be the month where I take off the cover and get ready for that first camping trip of the year.

Am still hoping to get out with the Escape for 1 or 2 more weekend trips before the winter season hits.
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:25 AM   #13
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Winter is such a relative term. For those living far south in areas where summers are unbearably hot, winter is the time of year when the Escape trailers come out and the camping season is in full swing. Where I live in northern Alberta, the winters can be unbearably cold for months at a time. I find that it is usually cold enough by mid to late October such that it is necessary to drain all of the lines and tanks and winterize with RV antifreeze. My Escape has the extra insulation and the dual pane windows, which helps to stretch out the camping season for me. Although some do use their trailers all winter long (often not using any of the plumbing in the system and having their propane furnace run continuously), I prefer not to be towing my trailer on icy roads or on wet slushy roads, particularly with all of the road salt used in the cities and on the roads around here. By end of October, my Escape will be winterized and will sit in my yard all polished up and covered, ready and waiting for spring. Depending on how good the spring weather is, April will typically be the month where I take off the cover and get ready for that first camping trip of the year.

Am still hoping to get out with the Escape for 1 or 2 more weekend trips before the winter season hits.
Correct. It's all relative. Using my trailer "all winter"? Of course. Winter is PRIME camping season in South Texas. January in San Antonio is usually highs in the 50's and 60's, lows in the 40's. A cold snap or two can make that go lower, but it's a nice time of year. While northerners are shoveling snow, I'm deciding which way the putt breaks....
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:54 PM   #14
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im trying to figure this winter camping thing out. We PNW(Olympia)dont get a lot of super cold days but we get some. Not sure if winterizing means shutting down and blowing out the whole syestem or just doing the water lines /water heater /grey white tanks and keeping the black tank functional with addition of anti freeze. My trailer is fully insolated with the dble windows and under foam.
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:35 PM   #15
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. Some petroleum jelly on the rubber around the door should keep it from freezing shut.
Are there any other ideas to keep door from freezing shut, other than petroleum jelly?
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im trying to figure this winter camping thing out. We PNW(Olympia)dont get a lot of super cold days but we get some. Not sure if winterizing means shutting down and blowing out the whole system or just doing the water lines /water heater /grey white tanks and keeping the black tank functional with addition of anti freeze. My trailer is fully insolated with the dble windows and under foam.
I think "winterizing" means shutting down all the systems and getting the trailer for storage. It is discussed extensively elsewhere in this forum. Personally, I am interested in hearing about folks strategies for USING their trailers in "cold weather" however you wish to define it. We have already had several helpful comments in this regard.

An earlier poster mentored that the fresh water tank was "outside the trailer" which is true structurally. However if you have the foam insulation on the bottom it is within the heated space of the trailer. It will be interesting to see how resistant this is to freezing. I am wondering if I wasted a couple hundred bucks on the tank heaters as the furnace, even on low may keep everything liquid.
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Are there any other ideas to keep door from freezing shut, other than petroleum jelly?
Jamie, what are your concerns about petroleum jelly?
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yes, after a superficial search, some say the rubber may be damaged. may depend on variables such as natural or synthetic rubber, and the composition of the petroleum jelly. I also think it may tend to be potentially messy.
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:23 PM   #19
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Are there any other ideas to keep door from freezing shut, other than petroleum jelly?
Silicone spray (or in a tube) lubricant is the common product for this situation in motor vehicles. I use it on my van door seals and it helps reduce freezing. An example is MotoMaster Silicone Lube at Canadian Tire; its Features includes:
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Prevents sticking and stops squeaks
Protects rubber mouldings and weather stripping
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:26 PM   #20
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An earlier poster [mentioned] that the fresh water tank was "outside the trailer" which is true structurally. However if you have the foam insulation on the bottom it is within the heated space of the trailer.
Well, its on the edge. The temperature at the bottom of the tank will be much lower than on the surface of the floor... and the floor may not be so toasty warm. The first thing I would expect to freeze is the plumbing from tank to pump, so if I were putting in tank heaters I would want that line heat traced.
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