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Old 10-29-2020, 10:39 AM   #1
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Camping in 20* temp

We have go go to children’s hosp in Colorado and they are predicting 20’s ... is it possible to camp or no?
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Old 10-29-2020, 11:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to JOF Deedeedana. What Jayco model do you have? Does it have an enclosed and heated underbelly? How about tank heaters? It is possible with the right stuff. We’re in our Pinnacle when morning lows are in the 20’s but afternoon highs are generally in the 40’s. We also make sure propane is full and we run the furnace to keep the basement and underbelly above freezing. There may be as big an issue finding a park still open.
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Is it possible? Absolutely! There are many variables though. We often camp in those temperatures, and do not have an enclosed underbelly. My preference is to have an electric site.

If you will not have electric (shore power) your battery could be dead in 1 maybe 2 days, as the furnace uses a lot of power. So you need a method to recharge your battery(s). We recently purchased a generator. Plugged in for 2 hours in the morning. That topped of the battery. We again ran the generator for another hour or two in the evening, topped off the battery and used our electric heat option, and charged other devices.

We tend to keep the cabinet doors ajar that have plumbing that runs through them, to allow a little more heat to those areas.

If the daytime highs will reach the 40's absolutely no issues with exposed tanks. If the highs might reach freezing than the tanks will become an issue after a few days.

If you keep water in the FW tank, fill the tank full. The large thermal mass will keep if from freezing so quickly. Do note, that much water when frozen can do damage.

If you have a MH, most likely your plumbing pipes are exposed under the floor and could freeze.


I hope all goes well
You can winterize the plumbing. Use jugs of water for your needs. Add a little RV antifreeze down the drains to keep the tanks from freezing.
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Welcome to JOF Deedeedana. What Jayco model do you have? Does it have an enclosed and heated underbelly? How about tank heaters? It is possible with the right stuff. We’re in our Pinnacle when morning lows are in the 20’s but afternoon highs are generally in the 40’s. We also make sure propane is full and we run the furnace to keep the basement and underbelly above freezing. There may be as big an issue finding a park still open.
I have a 2019 jayco jay flight , it does have a sealed undercarriage .... not sure about heated
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We absolutely camped in mid-20* overnight temp with a JayFlight without any type of cold weather package.

It required full hookup sites, we ran both our LP Furnace as well as a portable Elec heater, basically to save propane.

We depending on the duration of the cold, we occasionally would leave our faucet running at a slight trickle just to keep the exterior hose from freezing.

The pass through under the beds was where the cold was most noticeable in the trailer. We finally got smart after a couple trips and put some 2" foam in there.
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