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Old 10-21-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Question shoulder season and winter use

We are looking at class c Jayco... Lots of stuff on how to winterize, and I know how to do that... We currently have a truck camper that is 4 season and we often camp in freezing temps with no problems... Never had to winterize this unit..

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Can the class c be used in the shoulder and winter seasons (cold) without winterizing?

I looked under one and pipes were exposed... What do people do in the non warm seasons??

Potential new guy needing help..
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:21 AM   #2
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We have dry camped in our Greyhawk a few times when overnight lows where in the 20s. The coldest I think was 23 degrees Fahrenheit. I think the coldest with full hook was about 27. We did not winterize.

When in a campground, we would remove the city water hose if temps went below freezing and we turned on the tank heaters. We did run the furnace with temps set in the 60s while the wife and kids used electric blankets. When dry camping, we ran the generator over night to power the tank heaters, the furnace and electric blankets.

We did not have any issues with freezing pipes. As long as day time temps are above freezing, then you shouldn't need to winterize. Daytime temps below freezing, I would be concerned. I wouldn't want to run the furnace 24/7 to keep the pipes warm.

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Old 10-22-2018, 08:53 AM   #3
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Hello Bob, Where is Cove? and how cold do you expect the rig to see?

If you have a good Air Compressor, you could blow out the lines in between trips. But if the piping if fully exposed to the elements, it could freeze up if the outdoor temps are to cold. Possibly you could wrap the pipes with heat tape, and add some pipe insulation. Run the Generator to help keep things warm.

A buddy of mine, winterizes his MH (SOB), and brings a long a few jugs of windshield wiper fluid to flush the toilet with. Otherwise they run dry until they hit warmer weather.
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As some have asked... How cold are you expecting and how long are you going to be out. With AC power or on Genny power?

Certain motorhomes are built differently between models, where tanks are in enclosed spaces and others are exposed. We even had to make some modifications to our Seneca to sustain the Utah cold winter, and require the Genny to run all night or have 50A hookups to augment the Furnace.
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Cove is in NE Oregon.... Just east of La Grande.... house is at 3400' and we rarely have temps below freezing for more than 3 - 4 months straight... RV will be inside when not traveling... Shop has heat and AC... Just enough stuff to spoil the RV, but a 12' high door limits us to a class c.

We often travel in the winter or shoulder seasons and in colder climates. Our camper has seen -15 for a week plus... Never a problem.. We have been looking at the Greyhawk 31FSP to give us a little more inside room... I do not want to run a genset 24 hours when we dry camp... (elk hunt camp can be a week plus at negative temps).

Looking at options... and any help will be usefulů
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The furnace is a big battery draw
We can get by for five days dry in the summer
Two in constant subfreezing. You did say 3-4 minths consistently below freezing which means never abive during the day
And small spaces take less wnergy to heat

Youll want somw alternative power source
Also in my experience batteries perform much more poorly in the cold
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:52 PM   #7
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From the initial responses, it looks like we may have to forgo Jayco and the class C..

Tiffin Breeze has a Class A just under 12' and a lot more $$. Just measured the shop again, and it will fit.. Really wanted the 31FSP.

Almost all class A have enclosed/ heated tanks and pipes. Something that seems to be missed with the Class C world.. A Shame...
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From the initial responses, it looks like we may have to forgo Jayco and the class C..

Tiffin Breeze has a Class A just under 12' and a lot more $$. Just measured the shop again, and it will fit.. Really wanted the 31FSP.

Almost all class A have enclosed/ heated tanks and pipes. Something that seems to be missed with the Class C world.. A Shame...
I think storage isn't your issue.. We have temps below freezing from November to March and the RV sits outside.. Winterized of course. We have not found dewinterizing and rewinterizing a pain but then we do it about four times a winter and it sounds like you would be doing more short outings.. You can live in a RV without water and with electric and furnace but the furnace takes a lot of power. I think that is your biggest hurdle.. relying on batteries below freezing. Our grandson loves his teen cave here in December but the RV is hooked up to shore power outside. He pees in the woods and the other he has to come inside or use Wag Bags. He can keep water in a big jug inside with the furnace on.
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Cove is in NE Oregon.... Just east of La Grande.... house is at 3400' and we rarely have temps below freezing for more than 3 - 4 months straight... RV will be inside when not traveling... Shop has heat and AC... Just enough stuff to spoil the RV, but a 12' high door limits us to a class c.

We often travel in the winter or shoulder seasons and in colder climates. Our camper has seen -15F for a week plus... Never a problem..
I lived in Minnesota for a couple of years, and -15 for a week plus is beyond my experience being outdoors. -15F is seriously detrimental to our dogs and for that matter - me.

I cant even fathom the idea of finding a RV built in today's market that can sustain -15F for a week on what fuel it keeps on-board.

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Ive seen a lot of RVs with skirts of that. They must have underbelly propane burners. There are such made for winter tenting
The campers are snowmobilers. -15 is normal for them

Me too for winter snowshoeing though I have not RV ed on that temp

Just cause you cant buy a ready made RV doesnt mean you cant make it work
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