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Old 09-02-2020, 04:34 PM   #21
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Not the OP's question but it is a big IF you can even go this year.
Has it been deemed "non-discretionary" travel? Do you need to quarantine for 14-days? Best to call to confirm. Only 5 POE's are currently open.
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Old 09-02-2020, 09:11 PM   #22
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Good evening, we lived in Alaska for 10 years, three in a 31 ft Airstream. Thereís a book in that adventure. Temps outside are not as important temps inside the trailer. It can be 40 below outside but if inside itís 40 above youíre good, cold but good.

Hereís what Iíd do if I was making that trip. Iíd buy propane and gas every time I could, try to keep the tanks as full as possible. Iíd make every effort to plug in at night, Not having electricity is a big deal at 10 below. The colder outside the colder inside your fridge, It gives frozen vegetables a new meaning. If itís real cold there can be condensation in the trailer a lot of it. Four season trailer or not water will accumulate below the windows, inside cabinets, Where the bed covers meet the walls, puddles of water can be everywhere and anywhere.

One more thing, just because the sun is out doesnít mean itís warm outside. The trailer can freeze up in the daylight just as easily as it can at night. You may have to run the furnace during the day to keep the temps up.
In truth the temperature in the trailer has to be below freezing for several hours or even days depending on the ambient, before the water lines start to freeze up.

I wouldnít drive after dark, and Iíd avoid boondocking. I would try to get through northern BC, the Yukon, and eastern Ak as quickly and safely as possible. Check on road conditions frequently and donít believe everything you read in the Milepost.

Youíre going early enough - youíll be fine. Just be prepared.
I wish I was going with ya.
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:01 AM   #23
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Travel Restrictions

Others have mentioned travel restrictions, but here are some links with details.

My apologies if you have already researched this.
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Old 03-14-2021, 11:04 PM   #24
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We live in Canada. Furnace, hot water tank and fridge can use propane up. Last trip we used 110 for fridge instead of propane it helps. We are trying to use only sites with pwr these days. Water would be nice but none of our favorite campgrounds have water to trailers. A couple of years back we decided on no more non-serviced campgrounds. Some campgrounds in the area want you to have a washroom or at least a porta potty in the trailer and other restrictions.
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Old 05-04-2023, 09:36 PM   #25
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Depending on energy consumption, the amount of propane used by the RV refrigerator is about 1.5 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas. 20 lb Propane Tank contains about 4.6 gallons of propane, these gallons weigh 37 lbs when filled up. This can give your fridge enough juice for around 11 to 12 days if it runs 24 hours per day.
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Old 05-22-2023, 10:10 PM   #26
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Depending on different propane tank sizes, We can identify and calculate how much propane a camper fridge use.
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Old 05-23-2023, 06:32 AM   #27
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Most of this thread was written in 2020.

We went from an Escape 5.0 with two 20# tanks and a 12,000 btu LP input furnace, to our current 25RQ Bigfoot with two 30# tanks and a 16,000 LP btu input furnace, so just furnace size alone it uses 33% more propane an hour. That's significant.

On the negative side, the Bigfoot is wider, longer, with considerably more cubic feet to keep warm and part of the heat is used to keep the fresh, grey, black tanks and valves from freezing, it will use even more LP than smaller campers. The plus side is the superior insulation and true double pane windows.

This past winter (2023) in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, was the coldest winter we've experienced. Woke up to snow on the ground at least eight times, and well over half the nights were below 30F, with many in the teens and a few 4-10F mornings. We were going through a 30# tank in 3-4 days, and since the cold never let up, we figured we used more LP last winter than all the LP we used in our Escape the previous four winters combined.

Comparing the LP use of small campers vs large campers is like comparing the MPG of a Hummer vs a Prius. Because of the increased cubic feet of our Bigfoot, requiring a larger furnace, we knew at best we'd easly use as much or more LP. Thanks goodness we had two 30# tanks instead of 20#'ers.

Food for thought,

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Previous Eggs -2018 Escape 5.0 TA, 2001 Scamp 16' Side Bath, 2007 Casita 17' Spirit basic, no bath, water or tanks, 2003 Bigfoot 25B25RQ, that we regreted selling
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