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Old 01-21-2009, 08:57 AM   #15
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Before Memory Foam, and camping in the fall, we would open up a sleeping bag on the bed to add an extra layer of warmth under us and help smooth out the lumps of the cushions. Our double sleeping bags went on top of this. A warm kettle in the evening took off the chill before retiring. Except for morning coffee or when it is very stormy, most of our cooking is done outside on a camp stove or portable BBQ. The first person up in the morning would start the coffee pot going on the stove in the trailer, and by the time you got back from the washroom {pit] your first cup of 'Good Morning' was ready to pour and the trailer toasty warm for your other half to leasurly get up and tell you the menue of the day so that by the time she's dressed you have her breakfast ready. Ah, the life!
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:22 AM   #16
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Hi John, thanks.

I have another trailer. That was my 13 foot Burro, now I have a 17 with all the "fodder". Altho the bathroom gets used all the time, the other bells and whistles are often dead weight, since I rarely have hook ups.

The equipment you see has been transferred to, or duplicated in the bigger rig, and expanded. I still do everything pretty much the same.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:12 PM   #17
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I think the pot of hot water is a great idea. Covered, it seems as though it would hold (and distribute) the heat for quite a while (not to mention you'd have the flame heat as you were heating it up in the first place) (and you can pour a cup of tea if you like ).

I think most of what the flowerpot does is create mass for initial heating and subsequent release, isn't it I don't know all the physics facts, but it seems as though water would be similar. I would think it might dissipate heat faster, except a gallon or two of water seems like it might outdo a flowerpot in sheer volume.

Anyway, it's another idea that might work for some people. I know I already have a good pot with a lid , just hadn't thought of it.

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Old 01-21-2009, 07:16 PM   #18
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You got it Raya! The physics facts are a little rusty in my mind at the moment, it has been a while since I studied it. Many buildings are heated by water (radiators).

What I do know is that if you use a pressure pot, you can heat the water to a higher temperature which would provide more heat to the trailer as it cooled. Whether that is radiant or covection is something for the technogeeks to discuss.

For those that have a heater under the sink, filling the sink with water makes your sink become a heat sink. (pardon the pun) With the heat sink operational you can turn the furnace down to the pilot and keep the chill off most of the night.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:46 PM   #19
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warm water creates mass condensation issues though.

I have felt the heat effect, true, as a side effect of making coffee or cooking, but I personally would not want to heat my rig with it.

I would also be concerned about an open flame and byproducts.

Personally, I would (and did) invest in a portable catalytic heater instead. It's not wothout it's own condensation creation, but not nearly as much as warm or boiling water would.

Covering the pot may slow the condensation down a smidge, but steam is going to escap no matter how tight you think the lid is.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:49 PM   #20
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I hear you on the steam, Gina. When I heat water (for tea or whatnot), I usually crack the window over the stove just a touch to let any escaped steam out. And true, some cold air comes in then. But I guess I was thinking that the mass of hot water would stay hot/warm for quite some time after you'd turned off the burner, closed the window, and gone into relaxing or sleeping mode.

That said, I agree that it's nothing you'd want to use on a regular basis; but then neither is the flowerpot, in my opinion. I've also heard that flowerpots can give off toxic fumes (I suppose dependent on their make-up, and I have not researched it since I don't use them), and at least a pot is just stainless steel or etc.

For real cold or continuous cold-weather camping, I agree that either some kind of furnace, or a different attitude and a lot of clothing are required.

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Old 01-22-2009, 07:49 AM   #21
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What about using a pressure cooker and just shut off the heat when it starts to rattle ?

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I hear you on the steam, Gina. When I heat water (for tea or whatnot), I usually
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:31 PM   #22
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May not need much in the way of getting the chill out while staying in Florida, may need to have a fan of some sort to get the heat out.

I had also remembered the candle powdered heater with several clay pots, looks like if you had a few clay pots fastened with a bolt and washers as someone suggested it would really add to the heating power of a clay pot on the stove. I may try to put one of those together as well to help get rid of the chill of the mornings.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:54 PM   #23
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sounds great. we are in florida now and bring our boler down each year to use for blue grass festivals. we have a permanent place here but travel a lot with the boler. just returned from a week at yee haw junction (near okachobee). It was definetly cold last week but we were fine. we use the clay flower pot plus we have a propane lantern which when lit gives lots of heat.. some suggestions....hot water bottles...fly swatter.. small fan.. Our furnace does not work so we use an electric heater when we have electricity but the above works great when we do not. we also carry a small folding table which wal mart sells/ light weight around $20.00 and we leave the bed made up all the time but the table can fit inside if needed and we have 2 little stools( folding) with backs that come in handy. we also travel with a small flat screen tv and dvd player for those cold nights.. hot weather also has its problems but we have a screen room we can attach which is great for bug control but if not rig up a screen for the door and that will give you good ventillation. we have a check list but mostly it is just regular stuff but here is a few ideas
fire ant spray bug spray sunscreen hats for warm and cold...fleece tops flash lites and batteries...radio..cards insulated coffee/drink cups..
remember you usually can buy whatever you forget...we do not have a bathroom in ours but we found that a diaper pail works great. we found one with a locking lid and we empty it when we can which could be at a rest stop on the hgwy or at the campground washroom. mostly this is just used for night time but it works great.
we actually stayed in our boler for 5 months in ontario canada and had a ball.even had 2 grandkids spend 4 weeks with us...spend another summer touring newfoundland. the boler was perfect.. my advice is just do it.. enjoy
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:18 PM   #24
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Thanks for the reply Judy. Couple of items there I hadn't thought about. Check back around the 10th of next month and let me know what the weather is like...
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:05 PM   #25
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Not really but we are making plans to take our Trillium to Florida in the middle of Feb for a week. Where we will be staying has washroom and shower facilities but no electricity. We haven't camped in over 10 years so I was wondering what items should I remember to take with me. I am going to take a new clay pot to put on the stove if I have to get rid of any "chill" at night but is there any type of checklist that anybody has made up. We haven't had the trailer out yet (only owned it for 2 months) so what specific items should I be packing into it.

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we bring our boler from toronto to florida each year. have a permanent place here but use the boler to go to blue grass festivals. just came back from a week in yee haw.. just do it. your biggest problem is time and the weather. really cannot get to florida and back in a week unless you spend all your time travelling.. some things we travel with are hot water bottles, fly swatter, kettle, propane lantern, clay pot .. learn as you go.. keep lists and remember wall mart is everywhere..have fun
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:15 PM   #26
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Thanks for the reply Judy. Couple of items there I hadn't thought about. Check back around the 10th of next month and let me know what the weather is like...
ok got the hang of it now.. sorry about that. feb is usually great 80.. today was 80 and we were on the beach. campsites are not plentiful at campgrounds in the south of florida during feb and march but i am sure you will manage. there is always the wall mart parking lot
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