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Old 08-03-2017, 06:14 PM   #15
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See discussion thread on camping at the Grand Canyon for an entire winter:

Winter Living in the Grand Canyon

Special thanks to AirForums member "Deauxrite" for documenting 2012 winter challenges.
Thanks for this great addition to the threads linked in Post #7. Altogether there are a few hundred posts discussing the difficulties of living in bitter cold in a poorly insulated Airstream, which confirm the doubts expressed in earlier posts here.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:20 PM   #16
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Winter camping in Breckinridge? Watch the snow load on the exterior. Good luck!
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:54 PM   #17
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Yes, but it has foil - reflects heat transfer. Can use one layer. Can use multiple layers. Helps in hot or cold weather. Put insulation in the vents too. Pat
[grin] THANKS PKI there for helping me out. But I'm still curious. Wish I could find the 2005 photos of my Illinois backyard pool with solar-cover deal. Definitely NOT a foil thingie. I'm remembering that "backyard pool solar water heater" cover and wondering if the same pool cover could maybe be sliced up and then applied to AS windows .... solar heating, ya know?
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:20 PM   #18
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[grin] THANKS PKI there for helping me out. But I'm still curious. Wish I could find the 2005 photos of my Illinois backyard pool with solar-cover deal. Definitely NOT a foil thingie. I'm remembering that "backyard pool solar water heater" cover and wondering if the same pool cover could maybe be sliced up and then applied to AS windows .... solar heating, ya know?
Not so much. The pool cover works because you've got hundreds of gallons of water for thermal mass to soak up the heat collected by the cover. In an Airstream, all you've got for thermal mass behind the bubbles is air; which is to say, no thermal mass to speak of.
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We have camped the last three years in Colorado in the dead of winter for a couple months at a time. In fact, we enjoy winter camping more than summer. The only problem we ever had was the first year our sewer outlet valve froze and had to use a blow dryer to free it up. We've been in sustained temps of 0 degrees for days in a row. Never ever got cold or uncomfortable. We have learned a few things.

We use reflectix on all windows except a couple for the view.
Your fridge won't cool properly in very low temps. I installed a 100watt light bulb in the back of the fridge opening. Also made a rigid foam insulation cover for the inside of the exterior access door, small hole cut in the middle for vent.
After dumping tanks start fresh tanks with a gallon of RV antifreeze.
I dedicate one 750watt electric heater near my water pump. We use our FW tank instead of hose hookup.
I'm sure there are more but those are a few things we do.

We camp in state parks all over the country where we are the only rig in the campground. Its incredible!!!! Lots of wildlife you would never see in the summer.

Its totally doable. Never had a fresh water pipe freeze. 1982 310TD motorhome. We love winter camping.
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I'm planning on living in my 25' international in Breckenridge Colorado November - February. Does anyone have experience in winter camping? Looking for advice on keeping my rig from freezing up.
Good thing you live in Longmont...you can always go home to thaw out!
This thread is always a great insight to Winter Living...one of my all time favorites.

We've camped in Estes Park over New Years a couple of times...okay for a weekend with friends, not long term without an exit plan.

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