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Old 09-21-2015, 10:21 AM   #15
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Our Casita came to us via Arazona and North Dakota! We bought it from a Gene on the forum when he went for a new Scamp. Don't see too many of them this far north except for the ones heading to Alaska! This is Boler territory! If I was looking at a new trailer, I would like a look at Escape.
No doubt about all the Bolers around our neck of the woods! We've taken a look at an Escape, but the challenge is that the bed is too small for our liking (except maybe on those cold nights we've been talking about!), we like the layout of the Casita better, and a new Escape wouldn't be available until 2017. We'd consider a new or used Casita, but somehow we've got to see one first!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:29 AM   #16
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Our Casita came to us via Arazona and North Dakota! We bought it from a Gene on the forum when he went for a new Scamp. Don't see too many of them this far north except for the ones heading to Alaska! This is Boler territory! If I was looking at a new trailer, I would like a look at Escape.
(Sorry if this turns out to be a double post!) No doubt about all the Bolers in our neck of the woods! We've had a chance to look at an Escape, but our concerns are that the bed is too small (except on those cold nights we've been talking about!), we like the Casita layout better, and a new Escape wouldn't be available till 2017. We'd consider a new or used Casita, but the first step is to actually find a Spirit Dlx 17 to look at!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:42 AM   #17
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Interesting concept, Dudley!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:57 AM   #18
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Frosty two weeks ago

We were camping with friends near Yellowstone two weeks ago. Temperatures got down to 26F (-3 C) three nights in a row.

We noticed that almost all trailers have exposed dump fittings, outside any insulation. We did not have any plumbing problems and did not hear that anyone in these large campgrounds had plumbing problems.

We did not use a heater overnight, just two layers of down comforters. We turned on the propane heater for a few minutes when we got up in the morning. We did prop open the bathroom door at night- it does indeed get cold.
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:14 PM   #19
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If you are coming to Edmonton, feel free to come and have a look at mine, not much difference in years.
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:55 PM   #20
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Hey, thanks so much everyone for these great responses! Lots of good ideas! We've always been tent campers so I had never even considered the possibility that plumbing might freeze. And as far as temperature is concerned, between cube heaters, propane furnaces, and electric blankets we'll easily find a way to keep warm. Next step, start shopping!
Have you considered the 17 Escape? Its bit better suited in regards to tank locations when camping up here in the North in freezing temps. They do offer a thermo window package if I am not mistaken as well. They do not claim it to be a 4 season trailer more 3 season though.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:15 PM   #21
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Hah! - Have to chortle when I read of how others have coped with winter temps. Back in the 1970's, My SO and I spent many WINTER weekends camping along the beautiful Trans-Canada Highway on the NORTH side of Lake Superior ! We spent Friday evening (after work) just digging enough snow out for a campsite just big enough to get the half-ton truck with it's piggy-back camper, off the highway. Spent the week-end there and returned to town in time to start work on Monday morning. NO WATER anywhere on board for that 'boondocking'. We made ample use of snowshoes to get to the nearby bushes for necessities. Just relaxed, and enjoyed PURE nature with a propane stove, furnace, and loads of appropriate clothing. A treasured camping experience from our younger days. Thanks for the memories !
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:47 PM   #22
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We have a 13' Scamp. It does have a double layer of bubble insulation which does help. But windows are the primary place for heat loss. We use ours during the winter as an extra bedroom when the kids/grandkids come for Christmas. I've slept in it when it was -10 F, but with down comforter and lots of covers - used very little heat except for when it was time to get up! Of course, it was winterized, so no water in system. With a heater I probably kept it around 30 degrees F. We love the shoulder seasons in Wisconsin - March/April, or October. Scamp is made in northern Minnesota, so they do think about cold weather.
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Smile It gets below freezing in Yuma sometimes

We just use an oil filled radiator. Except for little clicks when it cycles on/off it is absolutely silent.

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Old 09-22-2015, 05:36 AM   #24
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Hah! - Have to chortle when I read of how others have coped with winter temps. Back in the 1970's, My SO and I spent many WINTER weekends camping along the beautiful Trans-Canada Highway on the NORTH side of Lake Superior ! We spent Friday evening (after work) just digging enough snow out for a campsite just big enough to get the half-ton truck with it's piggy-back camper, off the highway. !
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People forget, the 1870'2 was a period of cold weather when climate scientists and the media were claiming we were entering another ice age.

I also had to look up 'chortle'.
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...The water tank is inside, the plumbing is inside. The only thing that's outside is the gray water tank.
What about the drain lines for the shower, since I think we're talking about a front bath Casita? Would they hold residual water and cause problems?
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I also had to kook up 'chortle'.
I know you meant "look up".

It is the sound made by people who erupt in laughter with their mouth full and their carbonated beverage floods the nasal cavity.

I like this part: coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass, 1871, according to Random House
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Hi Norm, and Paul;
Webster's dictionary, indicates a chortle, is a 'gleeful chuckle', something I do regularly. But, I don't remember doing it back in 1870.
Jon - My response indicated 'NO WATER on board'; we did clean out ALL lines, drains and tanks whenever WINTER camping.
We often tell people that in this region we have 10 months of winter, and two months of 'tough sledding'.
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