Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-04-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
How cold do you go?

Cold weather camping isn't something we have to contend with much in Central California.

However, we just returned from a 5-night/6-day trip Lopez Lake along the central coast. The campground is a county park in the foot hills, about 10 miles as the crow flies from the ocean. Typically the ocean keeps things pretty moderate. This week we had some very unusual cold weather and found ourselfs dealing with overnight lows of 25*-28*, with freezing temps beginning about 11pm. This is probably nothing for a lot of you but it was very cold for us.

My trailer has no thermal package and no enclosed underbelly. I also learned that it could really use some new weather stripping around the doors and cargo hatches.

The furnace did a pretty decent job keeping us warm. You could certainly feel the drafts around the doors and from around the beds where open to cargo holds.

Thank fully we had full hook-ups, we had to either keep water trickeling all night to keep the hose from freezing, and since we don't have an enclosed underbelly I wasn't confident the FW holding tank was an option for us. The campground had several burst pipes, but fortunately they left the water on.

Other than the cold it was a great trip, but I don't think I'll be taking the family out during that kind of weather again.
__________________

__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2015, 11:52 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Lancaster CA
Posts: 107
Two years ago I went deer hunting above Lake Isabella in Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Nevada mountains of central CA. I stayed in a forest service campground at about 7500 feet elevation that had no hook-ups: classic dry camp conditions. I was camping in my old Fleetwood Orbit Ultra lite with enclosed underbelly. The first morning when I got up (before daylight) it was 18° F. I had put the thermostat down to 55° and let it run all night and turned it off when I left camp each morning. I had no problems what-so-ever with freezing pipes or tanks. Temps were about mid-50's during the day but below freezing every night I was there and I stayed for a week. Oh yea, no luck on the hunting.
__________________

Russ661 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 12:26 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Tunce the traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Bellingham,Wa.
Posts: 4,623
On the way to Lopez Lake from Pismo about 4-5 miles before you get to the lake there's an old farm house on the left hand side with a orange tree to the right of it. It has the sweetest oranges of any I have ever tasted cost me $10 for 10
Tunce the traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 06:10 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Adk Camper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clifton Park,NY
Posts: 337
Quote:
Originally Posted by clubhouse View Post
Other than the cold it was a great trip, but I don't think I'll be taking the family out during that kind of weather again.
LMAO..... If I was tenting I wouldn't camp in the cold but here in NY some of the best camping is in the fall and early spring. We go into the Adirondacks to state parks with no hook ups.We have just our generator and the fresh water tank full oh and a big fire and do just fine.Our current TT has the thermal package where as our previous TT didn't. Here's some pics back in late November when the temps were in the teens.
Attached Thumbnails
10339705_10204994894501597_3126603722018496669_n.jpg   10702087_10204994970823505_2743333040795733008_n.jpg   10501952_10204999408254438_5944207256453633488_n.jpg  
__________________
Chris
Chevrolet 2500 HD Crewcab
2013 Jay Flight 33 RLDS

Adk Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 06:34 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
DieselX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Winston Salem
Posts: 275
I'm in Watford City ND now, the high yesterday was -8* it got down to -17* in the daytime gonna snow today, yea me.

__________________
2011 32bhds
TV 2002 Excursion 7.3 Few mods ;)

DieselX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 08:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: St. Clairsville
Posts: 227
We are in Pismo right now and have had no problems with the night time temps, but we have an enclosed underbelly. With the enclosed underbelly it definitely makes it easier. For your unit, a trouble light with an old fashioned light bulb will keep enough heat under your tanks that won't freeze in those temps. If it gets much colder I will insulate the hose, but for night time dips I have not had any issues so far. In this camper we have been down to sixteen degrees with a 50 mph wind (Oklahoma) and been comfortable. The real question then is how much propane do I want to burn ?

How was the Lake Lopez campground otherwise? I had thought of heading over there for a look see.
djtho1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 09:44 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
Quote:
Originally Posted by djtho1 View Post
How was the Lake Lopez campground otherwise? I had thought of heading over there for a look see.
This was our first trip to Lope Lake since I was a small kid, 35+ years. It was a great campground. Compared to Pismo Coast Village the sites were huge, but not as large as many state parks. There are lots of Full Hook-up sites, and the price was very reasonable. There is lots of wildlife around Lopez; we saw deer, turkey's, eagles, hawks, raccoons, skunks to name a few. Although it was New Years and the CG was full it was very quite and peaceful. A ropes course with Zip-lines just opened last month -- that was quite fun, even the kids as small as 5 years old could participate on some of it.

It was only about 10 min to the AG village and 15 min to the beach so we still spent a day at the beach with the kids and the moms took an afternoon off to go explore the village and do a little wine tasting.

You should take a drive up there and check it out.
__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 01:01 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Vienna
Posts: 1,645
We just came in off a ten day trip and temps in the low 30's. Back out now in South Georgia and temps supposed to be in the low 20's the next 3 days. We also have the enclosed underbelly and don't really expect any problems. Just hope the furnace keeps running as it has been acting strangely lately. Do have two full tanks so we will see how it goes.
__________________

Joe Hinson
2010 Jayco Quest G2(SOLD)
2014 Jayco Eagle 33.5RETS
2007 Ram 2500 5.9L Cummins(SOLD)
2015 Ram 2500 6.7L Cummins 4WD
:)
namusmc65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 04:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
SmokerBill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: PNW
Posts: 2,699
Man, that just looks plain cold!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DieselX View Post
I'm in Watford City ND now, the high yesterday was -8* it got down to -17* in the daytime gonna snow today, yea me.

__________________
Bill
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI Quad Cab
2011 Jay Flight 26BH
SmokerBill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2015, 04:22 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
DieselX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Winston Salem
Posts: 275
Warmed up enough to snow today.

__________________

__________________
2011 32bhds
TV 2002 Excursion 7.3 Few mods ;)

DieselX is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.