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Merrykalia

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Posted: 10/28/19 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We also utilize several area rugs to cover the floor area and keep from having to wear shoes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It also helps with insulation. I use smallish ones that can be thrown in the washer/dryer or hung and dried.

We camp in late fall in the mountains and we sometimes get snow, it will get well into the teens at night with daytime temps anywhere from 30's up to the 60s. It's my favorite time to camp. I use cuddle-duds under my regular clothes, a couple pair of socks (daytime only, can't stand them at night) and a boggan on my head. We keep a campfire or a propane fire going pretty much the entire time we are outside. We usually camp with friends and do weeks at a time.

We have a tiny dehumidifier that we sit on our kitchen island and let it drain into the sink. We have an electric fireplace that is set on 70 and the furnace is set on 60. According to how cold it gets, sometimes the furnace comes on constantly and sometimes it rarely comes on. With the interior at 60, the underbelly is in the mid-40's unless there is a very stiff wind blowing. (Have a thermometer to measure it). The water is cold, but not frozen.

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We do NOT boondock, but we have power and water at our sites. We unhook the hose from the water supply before we head in for the night. We keep a minimal amount in the fresh water tank to flush with at night.


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You are good to go! One more thought -- in addition to the tank heaters, consider a heat cable for the outflow tube on your fresh water tank -- it is a notorious Achilles heel in freezing weather because it is so thin. The cable draws about two amps:

Ultra Heat Cable for Outflow Tube

We just finished a ten day camping trip with low temps in the teens -- the cable did the job for us! And we do not have tank heaters. (We were boondocking, relying solely on our battery and our solar, so juice is at a premium.)

This was the view from our breakfast table -- and that's why we love winter camping:

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shum02 wrote:

CFerguson wrote:

Dehumidifier is a must imo. That's the only real way to cut down the condensation other than cranking up the heat.
Also, keep the slides in at night.


We always crack the vent in the bathroom. Been winter camping for over 10 years and never had inside condensation issues unless you try to keep the rig sealed up tight. It NEEDS to vent.

True dat. I considered pointing that out in my original post, but decided not to since RVs are notoriously leaky when it comes to air. But OP/others, realize that means extra heating will be needed.

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I live near Baraboo, Wisconsin.
I use my TT for deer hunting. 3 of my daughters camp with me. We do not use the water system in the TT because the TT is not built for winter camping.

Will you have power where you are staying because the furnace will drain a battery overnight if it gets seriously cold. I recharge during the day with my generator for the next night. I keep the thermostat at about 45 to help the battery last the night.

Someone mentioned condensation. It is definitely a problem with 4 people and the thermostat set low.


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Condensation? No problem. It freezes on the windows, and then you wipe up the ice with a towel. [emoticon]

Actually, that sounds like a joke, but it is not. We have to wipe up the ice in the morning -- otherwise, it thaws and drips. Unpleasant.

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