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Posted: 03/10/19 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at the R value they claim and compare it with other brands. I have a Grand Designs and their advertized R rating is almost double as compared to Jayco.. You have to run your heater to keep the under belly from freezing. You wake up in the morning and your cold water is almost as warm as the hot water


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Posted: 03/10/19 08:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mt1729 wrote:

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.


Sir, I respectfully disagree! We lived in ours through 2 Wyoming winters while building our home. 1990 Teton, Livingston, 34 ft., one heater and no auxiliary heat sources, and no skirting during the first winter. We never froze a water line, had comfortable living conditions, seeing a few -30F mornings, and numerous-20 F mornings. We did get frost inside the front closet at the back of closet (nose of camper)....our fault as we had the sliding mirrored doors closed. Once we discovered or mistake.....opening the closet doors solved the problem. We also had no frost on any walls throughout the unit. So....there are some that can and do handle cold temps.
We do 3 or more weeks of boondocking every fall/winter, with water in the system, with low temperatures often near or slightly below zero F.....with no issues. With a Teton prior to the one we have now, we spent several days boondocking/ ice fishing with low temps around -22 F.

Tetons and Excels, were factory guaranteed to -20 F!


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ChuckV1 wrote:

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]


Beat me to it, Chuck! [emoticon]

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We purchased a 2007 Triple E 340RL and have been out in 20 degree weather. We placed a 1500 watt electric heater with thermostat in the belly and ran the fireplace in the interior. The furnace ran for awhile when first started because the camper had been winterized and was dead solid cold inside. Once the interior was warmed we didn't hear the furnace come on again. The two electric heaters not only kept it warm in the camper but was increasing the temperature as well. Great campers for winter. No they are not made anymore but in my opinion are worth looking at.

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You can survive in a heavy duty tent and even be comfortable in almost any temperature with a big enough furnace and enough fuel.

Stick with something 2.5 inch to 3 inch which is the max sidewall, skirt and keep a lot of propane and you'll be fine. Make sure the under belly gets heat and heat tape your hose. Skirt.

Enjoy the winter.

We dont' notice a significant different between our DRV or our Momentum. I feel both of the fifth wheels were better insulated than our Newmar DP.


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Posted: 03/12/19 09:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on what you consider winter?

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zoro58 wrote:

Depends on what you consider winter?


We have hunters that tent camp (big outfitters tents), in tempers well below zero F. If you have a good wood burner or propane heater...It’s quite doable. Though, you might not want to spend several months that way. [emoticon] memtb

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