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Posted: 10/10/20 04:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

magicbus wrote:

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free radical wrote:

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Ive been down to minus 20 with no problems,..


This is another testimony, that all campers/rv’s are not created equal. While you will use considerably more propane, especially if the rv is large (ours is a 39 foot 5th wheel), the are several (some of the best are no longer in production) that can handle -20 F quite well.

Uh... when a Canadian poster mentions -20, my guess is they would mean -20C, not -20 F. A small but important difference.

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Dave, after I made my post, and then saw his location.....I wondered if he was talking about -20 C. Yep....a fairly significant difference!

With our first really good 4 season unit, we enjoyed several minus 30 F mornings with no issues, with our newer unit, I’m not certain how well it would handle the -30’s F.... -20’s, we’re good! memtb


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You must take care to keep the RV piping from freezing. Empty your tank regularly, apply thermal tape to your pipes, or install a space heater, there are many ways to keep it from freezing.

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clintbrooks1767 wrote:

Hello all,

I'm new to RVing. Just bought a 5th wheel. I'm going to take it to Angel Fire NM this January and go snow skiing. I've been skiing in NM for almost 20 years and the temperature routinely can get to 20 or 30 degrees BELOW freezing.

My unit has a fully enclosed ducted/heated underbelly, heated basement, and heated storage tanks. I know I need to protect my water hose (if the resort has their city water turned on). I will turn on my tank heaters and plan to run my furnace while driving if I we encounter sub freezing temps during our drive. I will only plan on placing my sewer hose out when dumping and return to heated basement after use.

Can anyone who's been camping in sub freezing temperatures provide me with any advice? I'm trying to avoid common rookie mistakes encountered while camping in very cold weather.

Thank you in advance.


so by 20 to 30 degrees below freezing I am assuming you mean 0F(-17.8C) if this is the case depending what you are camping in you may be fine. My 5th wheel is good to go at -7.6F (-22C) as it has the polar package. of course our going to use a lot more propane at -18C I was only getting 2 to 3 nights off a 30lb propane bottle. depending how long your going to be there for there are several things you can do to make it warmer and decrease your propane usage. if you have power you can put a few heat lamps under the trailer and use something to insulate it all around, like an insulated skirt, straw bales, foam boards......you can also use electric heaters inside to help the furnace. I have a couple friends that full time in there rv's and they employ these kind of things and live pretty comfterably.

for a short stay if you have some sort of skirt or material that you can put on to stop the air from blowing under the unit that will help.

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Jebby14 wrote:

dont underestimate the fuel needed to stay warm or the electricity


Very excellent advice and double that plus below freezing sleeping bags just in case of

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You three realize this post is a year old right? I pretty sure he’s figured it out by now.

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You three realize this post is a year old right? I pretty sure he’s figured it out by now.


This is till valid and good info for new RVers or anyone else contemplating for the first time spor

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We camp in cold weather, but I winterize the camper and buy windshield washer fluid to flush the toilet. We bring bottled water to drink and make coffee. I have fixed broken plumbing in a camper before and getting to some of the fittings is a pain. So we don't take any chances.


Same for us - even though RVs boast about "heated tanks" - most dump pipes and low-point drains are still exposed to the cold. We regularly camped in sub-freezing temps as we traveled from Michigan to Florida in January. Our black and gray tanks were exposed to the cold (no heaters) and we never had any problems as long as ample antifreeze was dumped down the drains. Obviously, we used the campground showers.

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You three realize this post is a year old right? I pretty sure he’s figured it out by now.
Yes and it is high time for the OP to update how the trip went [emoticon]


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Deb and Ed M wrote:

Same for us - even though RVs boast about "heated tanks" - most dump pipes and low-point drains are still exposed to the cold. We regularly camped in sub-freezing temps as we traveled from Michigan to Florida in January. Our black and gray tanks were exposed to the cold (no heaters) and we never had any problems as long as ample antifreeze was dumped down the drains. Obviously, we used the campground showers.


That very much depends on the RVs; a fair few do have the dump lines (and low point drains, etc.) enclosed with the tanks and the rest of the plumbing. Plenty of others do not, of course.

I have camped in sub-freezing temperatures in my class C without plumbing difficulties. The dump valves and pipes for them are in the same (nominally heated) compartment as the waste tanks, and the valves for the low point drains in the heated space as well. It's not really set up for extreme cold temperatures, what with having only single-pane windows and so forth, but is quite satisfactory for at least occasional winter usage. I've had more annoyance from the results of road much and road salt causing the step mechanism, compartment door thumb latches, etc. to bind up and give trouble than anything else.





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