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Posted: 03/09/19 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DRV Mobile Suite is well insulated. Back when Citation was building trailers they guaranteed their trailers to be comfortable down to 30 below. Although we will never use ours in cold weather we appreciate how well it stays cool in warmer temperatures.


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Nash, Arctic Fox, OUtdoors RV. I just bought a Rockwood with a belly pan and heated tanks. It is R-14 in the roof, R-12 in the floor and R-7 in the walls. That would qualify as a "4 season" coach.

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The Kz Gold Line https://www.kz-rv.com/products/durango-gold-fifth-wheels/

far cheaper than the high end 5th wheels but just as well built [emoticon]

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New or used. If used, there are several brands, that are no longer available new, that excelled for cool weather camping. A couple had a -20 F warranty. Sadly, some of the best made camper manufacturers went out of business when the economy crashed in the late 2000’s. They were quite expensive, and the economy could not support them....plus the market was “flooded” with cheap units.

Some of these units are available used, however as always with a used unit....a very in-depth check on it’s quality is a must!

An advertised 4-Season unit of today, is rarely a 4-season unit....unless your 4 seasons are in the Florida Keys!

We wouldn’t hesitate to use ours at minus 20 F, and often boondock at or a little below 0 F!

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Dave H M wrote:

[emoticon] I wonder how much I paid for my 4 seasons sticker on the Laredo?


Yeah but how wonderful is it to pull it with a truck with the extra 15 horsepower from the STP sticker?

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No longer built, but our Newmar has a winter package - 2 furnaces, 1 AC and extra insulation. We survived several days below zero and a night at 18 below in Denver a few years ago with no issues. Only complaint was the bedroom was too warm as we had to run that furnace to keep the belly warm.


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Dennis M M wrote:

No longer built, but our Newmar has a winter package - 2 furnaces, 1 AC and extra insulation. We survived several days below zero and a night at 18 below in Denver a few years ago with no issues. Only complaint was the bedroom was too warm as we had to run that furnace to keep the belly warm.


Dennis, We had a Teton with 2 furnaces, and had the same problem. If your ductwork is shared, you should have heat to the basement area. If memory serves me correctly we lowered the front heater set-point pretty low to minimize run time. But, I’ve slept since then, I ma6 not be correct. By the way - Newmars were nice units. The best days of RV manufacturing have passed!

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DBHMEH wrote:

Just survived my first winter in a Rockwood TT. I've decided to go full time and am looking for fifth wheel Brands that are built/insulated for cold winters. Any input is greatly appreciated.
David


What price range? There are older units (pre 2008) for a decent price that are VERY well built and designed for full-time and 4 seasons.

Alpenlite
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Holiday Rambler
Monaco

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DBHMEH wrote:

Just survived my first winter in a Rockwood TT. I've decided to go full time and am looking for fifth wheel Brands that are built/insulated for cold winters. Any input is greatly appreciated.
David



David, Just as an example, there is a 2005 Teton in Park City (listed in rvtrader.com), for just under $40K. If it is the shape it appears to be in.....one heck of a 5 th wheel. If I were looking, I’d have been there already. This unit, easily went for over $125K when new. It’s loaded-out pretty nicely!

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There is not a trailer on the market nor has there ever been that will handle 10 or 20 below 0 temp. I've survived in them but it wasn't easy. Between sewer & water trying to freeze and running furnace full time plus 2 electric heaters full time, frost build up inside and bedding & clothes freezing to the walls, it is a chore. Maybe if you just experiance these kinds of temp for a few days you'll get by. Do it for 3 winters in a row all winter long and see how well it works. I've done it. Artic Fox is the closest you can get to a 4 season trailer. Wish I could afford one. It still would not be ideal or fun, believe me.


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