Monakayk, actually we have had almost no problems with freezing (until one night on this last trip when it got down to 11 degrees). But on many nights of camping in the high teens and low 20s, we have had no freezing at all, even though our trailer is not really "four-season" rated. I put some insulation (reflectix) underneath, and it seems to do the trick.
After that one really cold night, we just left the breakfast dishes in the sink, went hiking, and came back in the afternoon to find that the ice had thawed -- hurrah! We figured out later that the outlet pipe leading from the fresh water tank to the pump was the problem.
The next few nights were around 20, and we had no more trouble. But just to be safe, I am intending to add some real insulation (a layer of solid extruded foam), with a layer of coroplast under that for protection. That is my next big project!
Here is a shot from another really cold trip -- we were boondocking at 9500 feet in the Eastern Sierra, and the wind was so strong that I had to park the truck right next to the water heater so that the wind would not blow out the flame:
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Sounds miserable, right? Nope -- nothing is so wonderful as boondocking in bad weather, buttoned up inside a comfortable (albeit small) RV!
Thanks for the info about how you insulated it.I will pass this info on to the DH.
DH and I are planning on doing a long extended trip down to TX...planning on taking a couple of cruises out of TX-Galveston/Houston area.:? We need suggestion where we can *just* park the trailer and possibly stay before/after cruises and then leave our camper there. We could park it or if a great campground/state park, etc. has an area to park with us staying before/after while we are cruising that would be Great. We really love the TX area and want to spend more time in the state parks camping there during the fall.
Please, full timers---give us some suggestions. We are new at this and want to enjoy our time on the cruises and know our trailer is safe while we are on the 'high seas'.
Thanks in advance!
East Fork of the Cimarron River, Colorado, October 1, 2015:
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Great spot! We have been really lucky here in CO....so far....with warm weather this far in the 'fall'.
November, 2015 -- this is darn close to boondocking, but not quite. We were at Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park. The rangers let us park in the parking lot next to the river -- the campground itself was not open to RVs, and there was nobody else in the whole campground but us. This is the morning after a six inch snowfall:
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WOW! That is great view! I gather you do not use any of your plumbing/RV water but just use container H2O for drinking/cooking/washing, etc. or else your pipes would free...right?:?
The DH and I have bought (1 year ago) a Hybrid Travel Trailer and want to go on a long road trip out west to visit friends. We also want to take a few cruises out of CA---Los Angles, Long Beach, San Pedro area. We were wondering if anyone had suggestion on campgrounds that have long term rates. If so, please post your suggestions. We would also like suggestions of campgrounds within a couple of hours from the cruise ports....might be nicer campgrounds and cheaper.
Thanks in advance.