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Old 05-28-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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Your Record Overnight Low Temperature

We're at the NW Streamers rally in Trout Lake, Washington for the Memorial Day weekend. Great setting, great people, great food. It's unseasonably cool here and we're dry camping with no hookups. We don't have solar or a genetator so we're in full camping mode, conserving everything, especially the batteries, as much as possible.

The overnight low in the trailer at 5:00 was 42 degrees. We're well equipped with cold weather comforters and so we were comfortable. But it made me wonder what the comfort range might be. What is the lowest overnight temperature you have experienced? I know 42 degrees is no big deal and I'm interested in extremes others have experienced.

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:23 PM   #3
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Hi from AZ. . . we saw 7 below in Gallup,NM, a few years ago, She worried all night that we would run out of propane. . .. . . regards, Craig
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:11 PM   #4
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Going to hard to beat that one! I'm interested not only in the low temps but how you dealt with them, especially -17. Do you run the furnance all night?

I'm particularly interested in the low temperature inside the trailer which is what I posted in my first post (should have made that clear). I had a friend tell me that his water glass was frozen one morning when he woke up.

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Old 05-28-2016, 02:00 PM   #5
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Our record low overnight temp was at Bastrop SP Texas the summer before the wildfire. 92 degrees. Seriously hot!

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Old 05-28-2016, 02:21 PM   #6
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Ran both gas furnaces, catalytic heater, heat strip, electric blankets, a ceramic space heater, heat tape on some plumbing. It was a very unplesant week to say the least!
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19 degrees with 15 mph wind and encased in 1/2" of ice in Wichita, KS on Dec 29, 2015... and ran out of propane at 4am. Now carry a 1,500 watt Dr Infrared Heater's Advanced Dual Heating System and it does not dry you out like he furnace does.


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We don't make it a point of recording temperatures but I seem to recall a boondocking experience where we found ourselves with inside temperatures in the low 40's. Blankets and comforters kept us warm through the night. I think the outside temperature was in the mid 30's. When we woke that morning we turned on the furnace for a few minutes so we'd feel a little less cold when taking a shower. Fortunately the sun came out during the day and warmed things up a bit.
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:26 PM   #9
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-8 in my 23' avion and in the 04 30' classic it was 16' with 25-30 mph wind , when we stopped we had a hard time getting the door open as the front of the trailed was covered with 3" of ice.....furnace run all nite....
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input. This thread should probably be entitled "How do you stay warm at night?".

We're without hookups here on a farm in Eastern Washington. We're here until Monday so I'm preserving the batteries as much as possible. I did warm things up to 55 with the furnance when I got out of bed - felt toasty. A friend has offered his generator. So I'll set the furnance for 55 or so tonight and stay a little warmer.

I don't carry a generator mainly because we tow with an SUV and there's no good place to store it and the gasoline required. I've been reading about propane fueled generators and there may be one of those in our future.

Also, another camper showed me his propane fueled heater which was interesting as I've been researching those. I've been concerned about the safety but he's still alive and swears by them. He says you're fine as long as you leave one window open a bit. He has one called a Buddy that he really likes.

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Old 05-28-2016, 07:04 PM   #11
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19F, March, at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We were in the Mather CG, so no hookups.

We do a fair bit of 3-season camping. If you expect freezing temps, for sure run the furnace, even on a low setting, as it spreads heat under the floor where your pipes are apt to be. Then just check your propane tanks and battery more often, as the furnace uses a lot of propane, and the furnace fan guzzles more battery power.

A big issue with inside cold air isn't so much the bedding, 'cause you can always pile on more. The trouble is interior condensation. If you close up the windows, it accumulates on windows and walls. If you open the windows or hatches a crack, the cold drafts come in. We tend to leave wet towels and jackets in the truck overnight to minimize the ambient dampness.

Where we have electricity and don't anticipate a spell of sub-freezing night temps, we plug in a small electric space heater.

Anybody here running their cold weather systems off solar?
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Yup solar gets us through the night!
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:41 PM   #13
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Your Record Overnight Low Temperature

Went down to about 20 F in northern Alabama for a few nights. Had 30 amp electrical hookup, but propane heat was all we used. Nice and toasty. Wife will not tolerate under 68 inside. No issues except disconnected water hose froze for a few hours. Ran on internal tanks with tank heaters turned on. Minor condensation solved by slightly opening roof vent.


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Old 05-28-2016, 08:53 PM   #14
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How to stay warm

If you have electric, no problem, an electric heater, or the furnace. Without electric is the tricky one. The furnace blower could drain your batts in one night depending how cold it is

One of my lows without electricity was 28 degrees, in Pennsylvania, OVER JULY FOURTH WEEKEND.
Of course that was the night I found out my furnace died. More quilts and a dog got me thru it. Be aware that many dogs can't tolerate the heat for long

If your looking for advice….I say sleeping bags, and shared body heat. Hikers camp in the winter…they use sleeping bags.

Here is the trick. Turn down ( open up ) your bedding, and turn on the furnace for a bit. That will warm up the bedding. Otherwise the first five minutes, while your body is heating the bedding will be miserably cold. And AVOID SWEATING
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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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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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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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7 F in Tonopah Nevada. We had 30amp power and 2 electric cube heaters. Not pleasant.


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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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