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Old 05-28-2016, 08:54 PM   #15
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Our second night ever using the trailer, 16F in April with about 10-15knots of wind, also in Mather CG at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

We had no hookups, 400W of solar running during the day, two full tanks of propane and very warm comforters.
Set the furnace at 54F, put one down comforter under us and one on top.

Had a great campfire before bed, snuggled in bed and slept very cozy. No problems. I think snuggling was key 🙂
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:44 PM   #16
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About ten years ago we headed out of here with our VW Camper van toward AZ in early January, it was -30. Headed to I29 south then on to Nebraska for the night, it was well below zero.

The shared 42" wide bed was a blessing, along with comforter and blanket, long underwear, wool socks, watch caps and she wore gloves. No heat on but we had a warm, comfortable night's sleep.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:06 PM   #17
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15F seems like nothing compared to what some of you have camped in! It did make for a cold nose and a good story though!
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:55 AM   #18
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Hi, several years ago we camped in Custer, South Dakota in October. It was Zero degrees at night with a high of 27 degrees during the day. Our furnace was on 24/7 to keep warm and keep my tanks from freezing. Just short of a week almost completely drained both 30 lb propane tanks. My water hose froze, my sewer hose froze, and my shore power cord was so stiff, I didn't dare try to roll it up. I put my water hose and shore power cord inside of my trailer to soften them up.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:18 AM   #19
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7 F in Tonopah Nevada. We had 30amp power and 2 electric cube heaters. Not pleasant.


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Old 05-29-2016, 12:02 PM   #20
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- 10f and colder

We have a 69 Globetrotter. Original furnace. We camp in the winter. That's an Alberta winter and it get below -10f or -23 Celcuis. The furnace keeps us toasty warm except for the floor. We only have two 20 pound tanks on it but have never run into the second tank on a long weekend. If we do have power we will run a little space heater to offset the propane. Keep the campfire big and the slippers by the door.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:31 PM   #21
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Back in the days when my knees still worked we used to park for the weekends in the ski lodge parking lot at Mt Baker and Chrystal Mt during ski season, don't know exact temps but it was cold enough for good skiing, we just set furnace for 50 and used good sleeping bags.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:52 PM   #22
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One trick winter campers use is to shed warm clothes before getting into bed. If your core is warm because you wear a sweater or jacket, your limbs get cold because your body temp regulating system thinks you are OK as long as your core is warm. I used to winter camp with scouts and sleep in just underwear at 15-20F and even with a standard sleeping bag I was warm enough to sleep through the nite.
We have friends that use the portable catalytic heater on a long supply hose and move it to where they want the heat. Their CO monitor has never registered an alarm.
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:24 PM   #23
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Wearing warm socks to bed is worth about half the warmth of a blanket. Hat plus socks about equal to a blanket because we lose heat through our extremities. Spouse or other snuggling partner, much better than a blanket, depending......

Dog, I couldn't say. I suppose it depends on the breed. Our dogs weren't allowed on the bed.

If we worry about freezing the water lines, we try to get the Bambino winterized first. Then live out of water bottles. You can manually flush the toilet if you put a little antifreeze chaser down with your flush water, such as windshield washer fluid.

Obviously this means no inboard showers, but hey, we're camping. A package of baby wipes and heating water in the tea kettle are good for sponge-bathing if you're boondocking without RV park showers.

To reduce the drain on the propane and battery, if we don't have electricity, we keep the thermostat at 60 to 63F-- more like 55-60F if we're winterized.

We spent many years tent camping, so we learned to wake up in the cold. An old backpackers' tip for getting dressed on a cold morning is to put your day's clothes inside the your nice warm bedding to warm up for a few minutes before putting them on.

Then have your spouse be the one to get up and make the coffee!
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:47 PM   #24
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In March 2005, we were caught in a spring blizzard in Santa Fe in our 25' 1997 Safari.
After three solid days of snowing, the temperature dropped to zero degrees overnight. We had electricity to run our furnace and burned a bit of propane.

A little snow melt on the roof refroze around the door. We used a hair dryer from inside to get the door open.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:22 PM   #25
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Eight degrees at Quemado NM and seven at Deming NM. We need to head south sooner. December both times.

Thermometer laying by toilet stool was in the thirties at Deming, with wind.

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Old 05-30-2016, 11:25 AM   #26
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After it gets to be below about 10F it is just cold no matter how cold it gets. We used this same trailer for ski trips to Taos Ski Valley when I was growing up in the 60's and with shore power it was fine. We were at the Rose Parade Rally for the 2015 parade and it was the coldest parade on record - no problem except we were dry camping with no electricity. So - no furnace. Fortunately it did not hard freeze. But we did stay in single digit temps in Kingman and then in Holbrook AZ on the way home from that rally and, no problems with the trailer (I have swapped the copper out for Pek for water supply). We did have a furnace and plenty of LP those nights. The worst and scariest was in Las Vegas, NM on our way home from AlumaFiesta in 2015 when our converter chose that day and time to go out - furnace ran for about 45 minutes on battery so effectively no furnace and no lights - in single digits. I drained the fresh water and waste tanks but could not fully winterize and we snuggled in for the night hoping the trailer would retain enough heat through the night. It did - good old Airstream! Now I have a catalytic heater which runs off the main LP as a back up in case we find ourselves in that situation again.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:21 PM   #27
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The OP asked about temps inside the trailer. Even so all the comments are interesting. My lowest inside was about fifty.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:02 PM   #28
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Yup! As a ex-tent camper, you use sleeping bags. And actually it is easier to make the bed in the morning. 38 was my lowest. And I'm from Florida.
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