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This winter, I will be working at the job site, and using my trailer for those nights when the snow is to bad to go home. Does anyone have any experience with using their hybrid trailers in heavy snow?
1) If I leave one of the bunk ends out, is there a danger of anything breaking?
2) If I have a 1500 watt heater running all night, is there any danger of hypoxia or anything?
In the area where I will be working, its not unusual to get 3' of snow in a weekend.
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I can't imagine my tenting could handle 3' of snow, maybe an inch or so, but not 3'. Suppose if you kept knocking it off, from inside, you'd be okay but in a blizzard you wouldn't get much sleep. Could you not turtle?

Come to think of it, with the heater running the snow would melt as it hit the tent and you'd end up with slush after a while, which is way heavier then snow. Parts of it would be cold enough to freeze, like my winshield in heavy snow, and you'd have a real mess. How about looking for a fiberglass egg, should work like an igloo.


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we've only camped in snow one time, at Yosemite.
even with just a few inches of snow, the condensation was bad and we had PUGs on.

i don't think it's a good idea to have that much snow on the canvas. that's a lot of weight for an aluminum bar to support.
condensation will be bad since the snow will chill the tops of the canvas, even with PUGs, and the inside heat will start the moisture inside to condense.

i'd recommend "turtling" instead of opening the ends.
plus you may have to protect your water lines, if they are exposed.


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Its a small trailer inside. I was hoping to use one of the tent bunks as a place to put luggage and stuff.

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bikendan wrote:

i don't think it's a good idea to have that much snow on the canvas. that's a lot of weight for an aluminum bar to support.

I don't think that the bars would be as much a problem as stretching of the tenting material in the unsupported parts of the bunk end roof.

Turtling is the best approach, but if that is not a possibility then it would be best to have a tarp over the bunk end that is open, and well supported above the bunk end roof. Good luck to you.


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What about leaving the 1500 watt heater run all night? Any problems?

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Electric heaters don't put out harmful gasses.

Of course, your wife's hairdryer puts out the same amount of heat as a 1500 watt space heater so don't expect too much if it gets real cold. I use ours to supplement the LP furnace.

I'd avoid deep snow on the tent ends especially since you're talking about when the snow is too bad to drive. Fluffy snow weight a bit more than 1 pound per inch depth per square foot. (13 pounds per cubic foot.) Figure the tent end is about 7'x7' (call it 50 sq ft) so a foot of snow will weigh 650 pounds.

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jonaz wrote:

What about leaving the 1500 watt heater run all night? Any problems?

No. I do that with mine since I use that to provide the little heat needed when we camp in the cooler months, rather than using the RV's furnace, which is noisier and uses my propane.

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Posted: 08/04/12 11:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would be safe and turtle. Find something else for your storage.

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