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Old 10-07-2015, 11:06 AM   #11
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How cold do you normally get? and for how long? In GA, I might just blow out all the lines and only have a jug of antifreeze just incase you get a really cold snap. We have already had frost, but no extended cold weather yet. As long as the days are warm, I will not winterize, and the nights do not get below the mid 20's, which might be the end of the month.
In the Mid-Hudson Region of NYS, we have the risk of below freezing nights from mid October through late April. Generally, November to March will guarantee sub-freezing overnight temps (with a rather odd "January Thaw" smack in the middle!)

Generally, the daytime highs will be above freezing. But we get 3 or 4 "cold snaps" where the overnight lows go down to 0F (or lower) and daytime highs don't make 20F for a couple of days each.

Upstate, like Albany? Subtract 5 degrees. Go west from there? Add 20-30" of snow.

Personally, I would love to know how to use my trailer in February. I've got a Superbowl party to attend with one of the couples that built a year round retirement house near our campsite.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:07 AM   #12
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Normal for a few weeks with lows in the mid to upper twenties, freaky weather is maybe a week with lows in teens and highs in upper twenties. That's why it's tough for me to think of not doing winter camping, the summer air is steamy and barely moves, winters= fresh clear air, invigorates and puts a spring in my step!
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:21 AM   #13
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I know the feeling. We are camping this weekend (and we camped last weekend as well) and we are hoping to get 1 more weekend in on the 24th before packing it in till April/May. Extended forecast is looking good at this time for us to be able to get that last trip in so fingers crossed!
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Ten months is an extreme exaggeration. We are in WNY and usually start camping late April, ending maybe the first week of December. The only months we can't get in are usually January and February.

We'll be camping the Columbus day weekend as well. Monday I'll drain and winterize the water system as well. Lots of camping left though. A jug of water works just as well. We still have a TV, microwave, furnace and all the lights.
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We'll be camping the Columbus day weekend as well. Monday I'll drain and winterize the water system as well. Lots of camping left though. A jug of water works just as well. We still have a TV, microwave, furnace and all the lights.
Please elaborate on how to use an RV in below freezing temps.

I'm used to having hot & cold running water and a flush toilet. How do you function without them?
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Please elaborate on how to use an RV in below freezing temps.

I'm used to having hot & cold running water and a flush toilet. How do you function without them?
I winterize the lines but keep 1 gallon jugs of water in the tub ( around 8) for dishes and toilet use. If the temp. stays in the 20s night and day I'll add 1-2 cups of antifreeze to the black and grey tanks. You can always shower at any YMCA or YW, many health clubs and we've done it at RV parks that we are not staying at by showing them my Good Sam card and paying them a fee of $2.50-$4.00 as their drive thru guest. If you have a KOA card you can do the same thing, I don't but that's what my friend does when he dry camps on the west coast.
I just heat water for dishes and for us this is just camping and it keeps us young even thou were retired. We smile every day were outside enjoying out surroundings and chasing Tunce all over the place.
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Please elaborate on how to use an RV in below freezing temps.

I'm used to having hot & cold running water and a flush toilet. How do you function without them?
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We smile every day were outside enjoying out surroundings and chasing Tunce all over the place.
Who needs a flush toilet?

We have owned our private campground for 28 years. The trailer we had for the 1st 27 didn't even HAVE a bathroom. Our custom built outhouse is clean and odor free and it has served us well.

We have a Rubbermaid pan that fits in the sink perfectly. Next to it is a 2.5 gal jug with a bottom faucet. The stove heats water just fine. Or the microwave. We can still cook, wash dishes, etc.

Our winter campouts are just for the weekend. We can live without a shower for just 1 night.
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Thanks for the advice.


We've camped in a cabin without plumbing. It did have an outhouse. All water was in bottles, pots or scattered outside.


So, if I want to use the trailer in the winter, I'm going to have to fall back to that way of thinking, even though the pieces (sinks, toilet, etc.) are present, just unusable.


I've got an invitation for a Superbowl Party with one of the couples that has a house in the area where we boondock. So, I'm planning way ahead of time for this event. They spoke glowingly of using their trailer in the winter while they were working on their house.


I'm not convinced yet. I replaced too many ice-damaged pipes in my old trailer when we had a frost before I got to winterizing. Yes, I know they have nothing to do with each other, but superstitions persist.
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To each his own. In our case, we don't mind a few minor inconveniences to be able to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Agreed. Blow the lines, pump the pink, and camp all year long.
The only thing to watch out for is ice while towing. The trailer tires aren't good in the snow, and no tires are any good on ice.

One night without a shower won't kill ya.
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