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Old 10-17-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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NW Winter Camping - tell me I'm crazy!

Ok, so the lovely 2 week trip to California to celebrate a BIG birthday is likely going to be canceled do to sciatic pain - 2400 miles is just too much sitting in the car. It's a big disappointment, and part of the disappointment is we didn't do any fall camping due to preparations for the trip. Now I'm thinking, as I sit here on a sunny Oct. day (it WAS down to 36 last night), camping in the northwest the first week of November - hmmmmmm. I REALLY dislike being cold, but can stay cozy at night if the days are good. But then the days are also short here in the north.....and November is traditionally one of our rainiest months, but this has been an odd weather year. We'd likely go to the coast, avoiding mountain snows.

What are other's experience with winter camping. I know there's been some old posts about this.......

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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This article is on the left side of page.
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
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Penney, it was a while back but I remember several members who purchased molded trailers specifically for winter camping... they were snow skiiers and were going to camp in the parking lot of the ski facilities. They were asking about how to insulate the floor areas... I remember a Scamp in particular. So no, you aren't crazy ;-)
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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We camp in winter occasionally, but draw the line at towing in snow. Generally we will head for state parks and sites that have electric hookups. Heating the trailer with propane gets expensive in really cold weather. You might consider heading inland to avoid rain... Oregon State parks are fabulous.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:13 PM   #5
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Penney, we may give this a try ourselves---we've only camped in our Bean 3 times since getting it last a year ago Sept. Took it in to a friend's shop 4 weeks ago to have it painted and a few things "tweaked", and haven't seen it since! (OK, I've seen it, cuz I stopped by to pick out paint, etc. but you know what I mean!)

Anyway, I keep watching the beautiful fall weekends go by, and it's killing me! I've read the above mentioned article about cold weather camping twice, so I'm willing to give it a try when we get Bean back! (But I think I'll head alittle south of Nebraska to try it---maybe southern Missouri or Texas.) We'll see-----I just want my camper back!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:21 PM   #6
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We camped in Minnesota the first weekend in October and the temp dipped to 30 degrees F. most of the night. We had found a campground with electric hookups and were cozy all night under a big quilt with the electric space heater running all night. If camping longer in cold weather I would make sure that the water tank is drained and the sink trap is drained or has antifreeze. We put drinking water in jugs. I would not want to be pulling the camper in snowy or icy conditions however.
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At this point thinking maybe camping part of our vacation, won't be like camping in CA! But we do like the WA coast in winter, maybe we'll get lucky and not have too much rain! I think a weekend would be okay, but not for 10+ days! We'll see what the weather does......

Donna, I would love to have a winterized trailer! My dream, when someone gives me lots of money, would be to buy a winterized Escape. Until then, will just snuggle under the covers and run the heater - not very efficient or 'green'. We do carry an electric heater for the reasons mentioned, quieter for when you need to run it all night.

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We've camped over to Buena Vista CO with the days in the teens and the nights colder, so we could snowshoe up that way. Lesson learned: Boiling water for pasta supper means icicles in the AM dripping on your head when you turn the heat back on. Also, don't expect to find too many outhouses unlocked at the few campgrounds that you can get into. And don't go onto the back roads too far, as you may not get out till spring! But it beats winter camping by a lot, and gives you a nice cozy base to come back to after a day of exploring the woods.

As Bruce says, water in jugs, and keep them in the trailer so they won't freeze too solid. Coleman stove for outdoor cooking. Bring a good book as you will want to get into the sleeping bag early, to get your feet off the floor. And bring a friend - two are always warmer than one.

And boy, is it nice to be able to just roll over and turn the furnace on in the AM! The season need not end, if you're careful with the driving.
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Unhappy Welcome to winter

Winter camping? We suffered 25 F temps at Bryce Canyon in mid July! Of course there was no snow because the days warmed nicely.

BTW Look at what Chicago is looking forward to:

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Winter camping can be pleasant and it can be awful, depending on what the weather throws at you. A couple years ago I was caught out in endless rain and 50 mph winds. Although the Bigfoot is a decent 4 seasons set-up, my awning tried to unfurl and a substantial amount of rain came in the refrigerator vent to get the floor wet. Most of the time California doesn't have serious freezing temperatures unless you go to the ski areas. Good idea to avoid extreme weather camping, if you can.
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Forget it---guess I'll wait till Spring! Sounds dreadful! Gotta go flip on my gas powered fireplace and watch the weather channel about Chicago!

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Yikes! Watching the news-----everybody by careful today!
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OK, your nuts for camping in the winter!!
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People do it all the time in Montana. It's called temporary housing.
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My brother live in Indianapolis, IN. and doesn't have a spare bedroom. We have spent a week in their driveway with night time temps at 3* and daytime temps at 18*. We were a toasty 70* in the trailer, with a couple gallons of RV anti freeze in each tank.
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