We picked up our little 13 ft SCAMP
last June in Backus Mn and have had one thing after another keep us from camping much this summer. So we have done a lot of back yard camping.
We will be taking it on a trip to Florida over Thanksgiving for about two weeks so we will be actively using it as the weather gets colder on our return trip home.
We had two nights here in Kentucky recently that went below freezing so I emptied the tank and left the pump off and the faucet open as we camped in it over night in 28 degrees. ( no hot water heater and no toilet or shower ) We had the propane
heat on during every minute of freezing outside temps.
I have been reading a lot of posts about winterizing our campers... but I am a bit hesitant to do so.
Let me explain a bit:
We plan to camp/sleep over night fairly often throughout the winter in our yard.
We can leave the water tank empty and use containers of water for occasional use, and the gray tank left open to drain if used, and bottled water for overnight thirst.
We have the SCAMP
plugged in all the time (we do have the Charge Wizard for protecting the battery).
We can use the A/C heater strip to get the chill out... but since it doesn't have a thermostatic control it can get way too hot inside.
We can use the propane
heater during our sleeping times.
I have found the temps swing about 10 degrees on the thermostat for the propane
heater, (61 turns on and 70 turns off) is this normal such a wide swing of temps. Anyone else experiencing this?
Also... I am concerned about the propane heater being so close to the bed and blankets... anyone have any problems with possibly getting a blanket too close to the heater????
Does anyone keep a small electric heater ON during the day or maybe thru the night in the camper during the winter months??? (even during the times that the camper is not occupied????)
I also read something about some kind of moisture absorption and can't find it now.
Anyone have any advice about winter use and how best to heat and maintain the camper and not winterize with RV antifreeze, during periodic use in cold weather?
Thanks in advance!
Ralph & Peggy too!