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Old 10-12-2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone out there tried camping in winter weather with their camper before winterizing it.

My husband would like to take the camper MN hunting. They sometimes go for 5 days, so in MN you can go from a 60 degree day down to 30 degrees at any time.

There isn't water or electric available at the hunting grounds, but would like to fill the water tank and use the facilities. We do have a generator. Any ideas or suggestions.

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Old 10-12-2019, 01:40 PM   #2
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This time of year, temps can drop well below freezing quickly.

I'd winterize the unit and forget about using the water or sewage system in the camper.

Take bottled water and a porta potty.

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Old 10-12-2019, 02:42 PM   #3
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If it's not lower than about 20 degrees, yes you can go winter camping! There is this product called Ultra Heat cable that wraps around the output tube of the fresh water tank -- it draws about 2 amps. So with enough solar or a generator, you can camp without having the water freeze.

I just spent ten days in the Sierras with night-time temps in the high teens, and the cable works!

I doubt it would work in ten degree weather, though.

Some folks winterize and then go camping by keeping drinking water in the trailer and keeping the trailer above freezing. That seems pretty hard core to me -- no shower?! But hardy outdoors people seem not to mind.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:01 AM   #4
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I have and do camp in the winter without hook ups. I just keep the propane heater and water heater running. Never had an issue. My camper has the fresh water tank under the bed not under the trailer. I just put RV anti freeze in the black and grey tank cause they are under the frame.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:11 PM   #5
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I am using mine as we speak, night time lows of -12C (10F) and sometimes just above freezing during the day. RV anti freeze in the waste tanks and leave the hot water heater on. No issues for 3 weeks so far.
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