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BobsYourUncle

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Posted: 11/04/21 09:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As much as I love my Tango, I have learned this week it ain't so great for winter weather camping.

I have a project in Red Deer Alberta to build, so I brought my hotel with me. I found a really great place that is open year round! Westerner CG. Great people and a nice place to stay.

So I arrive here, the nights are only dipping 6-8 degrees below freezing and I see a few issues. Ran water in the toilet yesterday and had a bunch of little ice lumps in the bowl. Hmmm...

Furnace is working overtime to keep up. I am supplementing with a 750W electric heater. I guess the 12 foot slide doesn't help. My floor is very cold, I question the insulation factor.

But! I was very happy to dewinterize in November and head out. So I burn a little more propane. Oh well, I'm warm, I'm in my favorite place, the RV, and I'm happy!

Perhaps I should look at 4 season rated units. I won't buy a new one, prices are stupid. Maybe an Arctic Fox or something.
But I like the Tango. I know they have a model made for winter, insulated underbelly etc.

Life is good.


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Yup, just look at wall thickness, single pane windows etc. Most RVs are definitely fair weather travelers.


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Posted: 11/05/21 01:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6-8 degrees below freezing (even Celsius) shouldn't be an issue unless something is wrong.

Are vents shut or blocked?
Are hatches and windows closed?
Is the furnace burning properly?

Currently in a slightly smaller 25ft trailer and the 1500w space heater does the job down to around 20F. Below that the furnace will cycle occasionally. Only had this one down to around 15F.
Prior 28ft 5er we had down to -5F. The furnace was running full time with the space heater but it kept up (burnt a lot of propane). Never had anything freezing inside.

Neither are "4 season" units.


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Posted: 11/05/21 05:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

edit - missed the plot totally [emoticon]

* This post was edited 11/05/21 05:22pm by noteven *

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Even our 4-season trailers were nothing to brag about in freezing temps.
Winterize and make it work is a viable option.
Oh, glad you're enjoying yourself.

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Posted: 11/05/21 01:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember, if you get too cold there's always a Staybridge Suites in Red Deer . . . free breakfast and plenty of heat! [emoticon]


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Very few RVs of any type handle below freezing temps well. You really need heaters for fresh gray and black water.

If you have 30A electric service use 2 electric heaters !

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Posted: 11/05/21 04:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get an extra cylinder of propane to keep the heat on and a few area rugs to warm the floor a bit.
Good to go [emoticon]


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Posted: 11/05/21 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

edit - missed it some more[emoticon]

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Ah it's all good everyone!
This is nothing compared to the 2 Calgary winters I did in my old Triple E TT.
Somehow the old Topaz seemed to fare better. But! My Tango has twice as many windows, and a lot bigger ones too. And a 12 foot slide too.
So I burn some extra propane, it's ok, I don't mind.
The trip out to the hitch in my underwear 2 nights ago at 4AM to switch bottles was a bit nippy! Haha!

Yes I have all windows, vents etc closed, But as mentioned, everything is thin especially the single glazed windows. Furnace works like a champ.
Never too cold, I have blankets, and a finger to push the t-stat higher if I want.
I brought one 1500W heater, but one side burned out, it's only good for 750 now.

My gig here in Red Deer is up tomorrow, I'll stop by Wally World and grab a jug of pink before I head back to Calgary. Sigh.... That's it til next year.

Happy to be out here.

And if anyone wanders through here and need s place to to stay, The Westerner is open year round. I am surprised at how many rigs there are in here! Lots of them!

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