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Old 10-14-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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Winter camping?

What's the coldest weather you have camped in. Wife and I were thinking of taking the 17z out with full hook up for chrismas in Julian CA might be around 20degrees at night. How was it if did camp in that cold?
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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I've tent camped with my son's Boy Scout troop down to 'frosty morning' on a couple of occasions. We also did waterless cabins down to where the thermometer started cussing.

Knowingly take a water filled RV to 20F? Sorry, I don't like making that many repairs.

Although some neighbors with houses built near our campground have invited me for a Superbowl party. So, there is lots of mind-changing going on at the moment.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:28 PM   #3
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Lowest temp in our old hybrid ('03 Kiwi 17a) was 28f at night in West Yellowstone, MT. We had these temps in early June and early Sept. We had snow on the June trip. We were toasty warm but the furnace did run almost constantly. We went through a 20 lb tank in less than 5 nights.
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Thanks for the reply. Did your water lines freeze. Camping would be 3-4 nights so I should be OK on propane I hope
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I was not in my current coach but an older 2008 model Orbit when I went hunting and camped at about 7500 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The temperature got down to 18 fahrenheit yet I had no frozen pipes or other troubles.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:58 AM   #6
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What's the coldest weather you have camped in.
-55 f...windchill around -135 IIRC...and I was in a tent. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/im...s/facepalm.gif

Thank you United States Army Winter Warfare School.

As far as the trailer..we've only had ours for a year, never had it out below freezing. But my understanding...

Dipping down below freezing for a few hours a night should be ok..assuming daytime temps are 50 to 60. 12+ hours at 20 might be a problem without an arctic package.

Are you sure the CG even offers full hookups during the period? Most turn off the water for the winter.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:08 AM   #7
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-4 in tents Scout camping last Winter in February. Yikes. 22 above in the Jayco is my lowest recorded temp, and we were nice and toasty.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:52 AM   #8
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Here's a good article on winter camping.
What You Need to Know to Take a Winter RV Camping Trip
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Thanks for the reply. Did your water lines freeze. Camping would be 3-4 nights so I should be OK on propane I hope
No. The ambient temp in the camper keep them from freezing. And during the day it was anywhere from 60-70 so it was not an issue. If temps are at or below freezing during the day you might have to leave the heat on all day. Then you'd go through a lot of propane. That's when it makes sense to get a space heater.
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We live in California where one camps year-around and generally don't have to worry about winterizing. Our TT has the Artic package and we have no fear of cold temperatures so long as our heater is working, we have hot coffee, and our foul-weather gear is handy. Relatives have camped in Yosemite Valley floor in December snow and we're headed there for the last week of October ~ so far (in our drought) it is pretty mild but without warning it can get nasty (freezing temps and rain or snow).
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