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drhutch

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Posted: 02/14/12 06:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only a bit off topic, I would say the best is the one you use for extreme weather. This old rig did pretty good, of course I was a bit less critical in those days. We lived pretty good in that old Hallmark, gravity furnace and all. Only froze the water system up once as I recall.
BTW that wire coming from the camper in the first photo isn't an electrical hook up, TV if I remember.
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covered wagon wrote:

Photomike wrote:

Northern Lite is rated high for insulation value. Would have to agree that for good low temp camping mods are required.


Northern Lite is only one inch thick bead board and shows condensation stains on the headliner after about two years. The problem is insulating the compounded curves in the fiberglass body with a flat rigid board insul on the roof and corners leaving an insulation void.

On mine you can feel cold creeping inside on the corners and the one inch bead board is cold esp. under the mattress, it telegraphs up thru.

When you get to know a NL camper well enough you can find where they did not insulate some areas.


What year?


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cleary wrote:

Hey Joe,

Both our factory stock 1988 and 2001 Bigfoot campers worked fine up here at temps. well below zero F. Our current 2008 Okanagan does as well, however, it was customized by the factory for use here at 65 degrees north.

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It would be interesting to know what the factory did to the camper compared to one of their ordinary units????

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I agree with you, I owned a Nordstar and went to Pyrenees with -25°C (-13°F) the night in comfort. We can add Artica camper, they have also the Alde heater.

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Hey I bought that model EC the other year although I doubt we'll see temperatures like that here in the UK,

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Hey guys,
Don't forget us Europeans. My 'Easy Camper EC8L' was built in Dorotea, Sweden, just a few miles outside the Arctic Circle. It's fitted with an Alde wet central heating system and reputedly will maintain an internal temperature of 21 degrees C (70F) while the temperature outside is -35 degrees C (-31F). Although we've never tested it that cold, we have regularly camped in temperatures down around -14C (7F). No problems, and with the heating circulating under and around the overcab bed, a perfect nights sleep!



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Briand wrote:

covered wagon wrote:

Photomike wrote:

Northern Lite is rated high for insulation value. Would have to agree that for good low temp camping mods are required.


Northern Lite is only one inch thick bead board and shows condensation stains on the headliner after about two years. The problem is insulating the compounded curves in the fiberglass body with a flat rigid board insul on the roof and corners leaving an insulation void.

On mine you can feel cold creeping inside on the corners and the one inch bead board is cold esp. under the mattress, it telegraphs up thru.

When you get to know a NL camper well enough you can find where they did not insulate some areas.


What year?


I bought it new in 2003, an 03 10-2000 RR. I've had lots of trouble with it. Mostly leaks in the first few years.

A few tips... insulate behind the tail lights, the basement storage area sides and floor, the big escape hatch, under the mattress, power cord box and caulk around the fridge with clear caulk on the inside. Just a micro bead will stop a lot of cold air from coming in.. These chores made quite a difference in cold weather.

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Scientific data is, not surprisingly, rare, when it comes to these discussions. Any camper with access to AC will do fine in the cold provided the fuse panel does not blow. Outside of that, it starts getting interesting and it boils down to how cold and for how long. Stock campers sell to the normal summer camper, not winter sport nut cases, like us. From the base set of capabilities it is up to us to modify. I wouldn't have it any other way myself. Mods are just downright fun.


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Did anyone mention CITATION TC with the 2" Polar Package?
I looked at one of those and it seemed like the best all weather TC with all the cold weather work they did to it. Heated tanks and all.


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covered wagon is right on the tips i would insulate around the fridge too since it is open to the outside if it isn't already

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