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Old 11-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Somewhat Boondocking for the 1st time

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My family and I will be somewhat boondocking in a couple of weeks in Northern Michigan. For those of you that live in southern climates, Michigan gets pretty cold in late November. Our campsite will have electricity but no water and/or sewer hookups. My question is this: Approximately how long will a 20 pound Propane tank last if I have the thermostat for the furnace set at about 65 degrees? We plan on buying 2 electric blankets and maybe a portable heater to help keep us warm at night. I'm not worried about me, but my bride and daughters (aged 9 and 4) don't want to end up as popsicles. Our TT is an X19 Hybrid. Thank you for your input.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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It should last a few days anyways. Good thing is that it's the standard size for gas grills, so there available at just about every gas station, Home Depot and Lowes. Should be able to get a full one in a Jiffy :-)
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Definitely get a portable electric heater. I spent a weekend in my old pop up when the temps were 20F at night and 40s during the day. Didn't use much propane but used 2 electric space heaters. Also I prefer electric mattress pads to blankets. They draw a LOT less power and having the heat under you seems to work better for me.

If you have not done so replace the stock analog thermostat for a simple digital one. Much more reliable and easy to set.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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I would feel more comfortable going into a long Michigan November weekend with two 20lb LP tanks (been there, done that..., in Michigan). Late November "up-north" can bring snow/wind/ice and steady temps below 30 degrees. Hybrid TT's loose a lot of heat out the ends, so I would expect an electric heater will be working all the time, so I can realistically see the furnace being used often to keep mom and the kids happy at 65 degrees.

One can only guess how long a single 20 pounder would last, but I agree that a "good" electric heater will buy some extra time.

May want to consider some solar blankets over the tent ends, can't hurt. http://www.popupgizmos.com/bunkcoverpage.htm

Hopefully we will have a mild November like last year.., but you know what they say about Michigan weather!!

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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I would feel more comfortable going into a long Michigan November weekend with two 20lb LP tanks (been there, done that..., in Michigan). Late November "up-north" can bring snow/wind/ice and steady temps below 30 degrees. Hybrid TT's loose a lot of heat out the ends, so I would expect an electric heater will be working all the time, so I can realistically see the furnace being used often to keep mom and the kids happy at 65 degrees.

One can only guess how long a single 20 pounder would last, but I agree that a "good" electric heater will buy some extra time.

May want to consider some solar blankets over the tent ends, can't hurt. http://www.popupgizmos.com/bunkcoverpage.htm

Hopefully we will have a mild November like last year.., but you know what they say about Michigan weather!!

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You bite your tongue, Bob; I love the cold weather, and last year was waaaaay to warm for my liking!! All kidding aside, thanks for the advice. I should have mentioned that my TT does have 2 LP tanks. I would guess that they should last me 3 days/nights, but you never know. I appreciate the link you provided as well. I see from your signature you're from Hartland. We live in South Lyon, just down the street. Thank you for your expertise. Happy Camping.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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How far "up-north" are you going?
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The plan is to stop for a few days at the Rifle River State Recreation Area, just East of Rose City. We checked it out on our way home from Hartwick Pines in early August; it's one of the only state parks that I know of that offers year-round camping. Plus, they allow deer hunting, which is always a bonus.
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I was there this past fall., and I hope they finally graded the road going back to CG's 3 & 4!! My favorite CG in the Rifle River State Recreation Area is Ranch Rustic CG #3, sites 152 & 153 overlooking the river. I like to camp off the grid as much as possible..., some great unknown CG's in Michigan to do so (State & Federal) .

I assume you will be in CG #1 with electric, and those sites are great for a TT your size.

If you get a chance check out the "Groups" section under the "Community" tab at the top of the JOF web page. Once there consider joining the "Michigan Campers and Campgrounds" group.

Enjoy your winter camping!!

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I was there this past fall., and I hope they finally graded the road going back to CG's 3 & 4!! My favorite CG in the Rifle River State Recreation Area is Ranch Rustic CG #3, sites 152 & 153 overlooking the river. I like to camp off the grid as much as possible..., some great unknown CG's in Michigan to do so (State & Federal) .

I assume you will be in CG #1 with electric, and those sites are great for a TT your size.

If you get a chance check out the "Groups" section under the "Community" tab at the top of the JOF web page. Once there consider joining the "Michigan Campers and Campgrounds" group.

Enjoy your winter camping!!

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Thank You, kind sir. I will check that out right now.
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You're not going far enough up north........... try out the Upper Penninsula!
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