Originally Posted by Ryan B.
Where I live right now we can expect temps at night to dip to around 20⁰F or less in Dec/Jan.
It's the "or less" that would give me pause. We've winter camped a lot.
It's not the average low's that will hit you - it's the actual low.
As well as what others have said - what's your expectation? Can you skip a few days of showering? If it gets bitter cold, can you leave the RV and stay someplace? For any one day, do you think it'll stay below freezing?
I'll just share our guidelines:
- we don't skirt, but I would if I was going to stay out for days or longer
- if I did skirt, I'd also figure out some ways to get electrical heat under and inside the skirting
- if you have some exposed water lines, slide some pipe insulation on them
- don't forget to research that absorption fridge's don't like extreme cold (I have a 60 watt lightbulb on stand by)
- think about your water heater, is there a risk of freezing?
Here, I won't worry if the temps dip into high teens during the night. It's only for an hour or so, and daytime temps will often raise us back above. Water lines are wrapped (and I just added heat cable).
Finally, if I know the temps are going to be mid teens or below, I just "give up" and winterize with Antifreeze before I go to bed. $8 of antifreeze; I can do it in 10 minutes. And then go to bed not worrying about things.