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Old 10-26-2010, 05:18 PM   #15
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You ever had a relative in Iowa City, IA?
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:24 PM   #16
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one advantage to winter camping is that you can often enjoy your favorite campground free. Not all have gates. Many forest service campgrounds pull the toilet paper, lock the potti doors, shut off the water and allow nature to take the campground over until spring.

It is quite OK to use them, you just won't have any services and may have to clean your table and fire ring before you use them.

Of the 11 campgrounds I worked this summer on the McKenzie River, only 3 have gates. I closed down most campgrounds last month. 2 more close tomorrow, the one I lived in being one of them. It has a gate.

I leave here tomorrow for the desert, taking the coast route. I will stop in at ranger stations to find out which ones alon the way are not gated. They are happy to tell you.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:23 AM   #17
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You ever had a relative in Iowa City, IA?

Nope, ... Sorry, .... I've only been there once, and no relatives
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:46 AM   #18
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We've had some great week-ends in January and February. The furnace keeps us nice and warm. When the weather is sunny camp in sunny spot and enjoy. We spent about 4 days over the New Years holiday at the Oregon beach. One of our more fun trips. Pick a spot where there's a couple museums pretty close. Cold days can often be spent enjoying local museums.
Somebody mentioned staying is a place with electricity thinking it would be cheaper. My experience would indicate over wise. We generally camp in FS, NP campgrounds without hookups. With our Golden Age passports the average night costs less then $10.00. A place with hookups is generally at least $20.00. I can buy a lot of propane for the difference, about 1 tank a day.
The bottom line is don't let the weather stop you. Why do you have a trailer if it isn't to keep you warm and dry when the weather is nasty. Prepare for it warm clothes, hot drinks, and hot food. Bring along a couple good books, a few games, and topics of conversation.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:17 PM   #19
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Winter camping is great.....(of course winter camping here in Florida isn't quite the same thing as what you're talking about).

Byron, we just returned from a weekend at a beautiful Florida Forest Service park (Krul Lake Recreation Area), with full electric hook-ups and, with our half price discount, it was only $8.00 a night. There are very few parks here in Florida that don't have electricity, even at the less expensive places - probably because AC is so important most of the year. If I lived "out west," or in many areas of the North, I would have probably gotten a propane equipped camper, but around here, all-electric works out just fine, and they don't seem to charge much, (if any) extra, for it.
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Ray I can honestly say I have never thought I would see Florida and the term winter camping used in the same discussion! ROFL What do you need to do to prep for such a trip. Turn the AC off? :-)
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You can find cheap with electric in the winter. I am currently at Sutton Campground just a couple miles north of Florence Oregon with an electric site. It was 10 bucks with my Golden Gimp card. Its a Forest Service park.

Siuslaw National Forest - Sutton Campground

I am not as fond of this stretch of the coast as I am the southern regions, so I am only here for the nite, but I am the ONLY one here. If I wanted to explore the area more, I would certainly remain here for a few days.
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Ray I can honestly say I have never thought I would see Florida and the term winter camping used in the same discussion! ROFL What do you need to do to prep for such a trip. Turn the AC off? :-)
Not yet, Pensacola had a high of 86 yesterday.
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Ray---now that sounds like my kind of "winter" camping! Lucky!!!
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Oregon State Parks on the coast are wonderful in the winter. Cheaper, less crowded and full hook-ups. Carl G. Washburne is our favorite.
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Ray - I was expecting that response! LOL You need to come up and visit and I will take you for a week-end trip to Whistler where you can have fun skiing and test out your real winter camping skills!
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Ray - I was expecting that response! LOL You need to come up and visit and I will take you for a week-end trip to Whistler where you can have fun skiing and test out your real winter camping skills!
No thanks. My wife and I grew up in cold country and have no inclination of going back except for an occasional brief trip to visit or see the turning leaves, (the one thing we truly miss about the North). We still have our cross country skis that we bought back in the 70s while living in Utah, (I finally used the poles for tomato stakes). My right shoulder still bothers me from the time in the 70s I had to shovel out a huge driveway in Illinois in order to leave on a trip. If we want to experience the cold again we'll sit in front of the open refrigerator for a while - thanks for the offer anyway.
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OK - so I am planning to live full time in a camper for a year and part of that time will be winter in North Carolina spent at a private campground with elec and water hook up. The camp host said other folks stay there during the winter. It's near major medical centers and many are there for several months of cancer treatment (I'm sure in larger quarters.) I have only camped in a small airstream with friends in the past - and not in winter weather. Now I'm starting to worry if this is a good idea...I was thinking a fiberglass camper would be pretty warm inside with the heat going and 2 dogs. I didn't think about the pipes freezing. What do full timers do? Do all full timers follow the warm weather?
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You might want to start by reading this topic: Winter Camping
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