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wolfcat1

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what features should i look for in a four season trailer ?
does it by design have to be a "heavy" trailer to meet this criteria ?
thanks for your help and insight.

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Certainly does NOT have to be heavy. The things that make a good cold weather trailer are extra insulation, heated holding tanks (there are serveral different ways to do this and some have advantages over others), storm windows, furnace large enough to handle cold weather, air conditioner strong enough for really hot weather, window treatments that insulate the trailer (storm windows are best) and any OTHER little conveniences like heated mattress, hatch covers etc. Good luck / Skip


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Go to www.rv.org, The RV Consumer Group, which has definite criteria for a four season trailer. As best I remember there are few if any travel trailers made for four seasons.


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skip.
thanks for your input. can you reccomend any brands that i could check into? i like nash alot but it is just to heavy. thanks again for your help amd insight, i really appreciate it.

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Look at Northwood
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And perhaps Big Foot


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What kind of climate will you be using the TT in? Will it be in mild Texas winters or will you be taking it to where it gets downright cold at night?


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skipnchar wrote:

Certainly does NOT have to be heavy. The things that make a good cold weather trailer are extra insulation, heated holding tanks (there are serveral different ways to do this and some have advantages over others), storm windows, furnace large enough to handle cold weather, air conditioner strong enough for really hot weather, window treatments that insulate the trailer (storm windows are best) and any OTHER little conveniences like heated mattress, hatch covers etc. Good luck / Skip


Unfortunately, the good ones tend to be on the heavy side when you start comparing them to equivalent floorplans. I can't think of one of the "lite" models that include any of the features you listed.

Definately check out Northwood, Komfort and Bigfoot. Not lightweight, nor inexpensive, but all are very capable of cold weather camping and include most of the features needed as standard build protocol

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wolfcat1 wrote:

what features should i look for in a four season trailer ?
does it by design have to be a "heavy" trailer to meet this criteria ?
thanks for your help and insight.


How cold is the temps that you will be camping in? I have camped were the temps fell to 20 deg at night and my furnace barley ran with the assistance of my ceramic heater. My camper with a Rockwood lite camper. I think as long as you have a decent trailer with a closed in underbelly, you should be fine.

The only time you would need a true 4 season camper is if you were going to live in it up north for an extended period of time (constant sub zero temps).


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We camp year round in our Bigfoot. It's not only heavy (6800 pounds), but it's pricey. But the tanks are heated, it's VERY well insulated, has dual pane windows (tinted) and is very snug in cold weather. The four seaason capability is why we sprung for a Bigfoot. It's our fifth towable.


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Real 4-season trailers are both costly and heavy. No way to get around this. They will have higher R values for wall, floor and ceiling insulation as well as a fully heated basment for the tanks and plumbing and dual pane windows.

Just adding the "arctic-pak" and/or tank heating pads does not make it a 4-season coach.

Most of the up to mid line coaches are really 3-season trailers, but could work as a 4-season in the gulf coast area. Also, you will find most of the 4-season coaches rated for full time use.

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