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Old 10-08-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I just got back from a camping trip to my favorite lake. There was snow on the ground and it snowed on us all the time we we there.

This is where the travel trailer beats the tent. There was no one there camping in a tent. We generally spend the day outdoors, but at night we sleep inside, out of the weather, on a real bed, and with an efficient heater. Warm and comfy.

OK, I confess: no one in a tent, but nobody but us in a travel trailer, either. It was wonderful to have the entire lake all to ourselves.

Just as we were leaving a winter outfitter arrived to set up yurts. They do avalanche training but mostly just cross country ski vacations. They bring in two huge yurts, a massive trailer full of fire wood, and a sauna. That will be there until the roads reopen in the spring.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Sumter, SC
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I'm love it but I do it in a tent. I get a great sense of accomplishment from defeating mother nature. Now, I live in the south and I'm not talking artic style cold. But definately below freezing and down into the teens is where I like to tent camp. A few years back, we were doing a 3 day - 2 night kayak trip in the Okfenokee Swamp. It was early February and the lows were in the low 20's. The first night out I had a flask full of Crown Royal and sipped it all night until it was gone (and so was I.) I got into my tent and the temp was 19 degrees outside. I stripped down to my underwear and t-shirt and slipped into my Slumberjack sleeping bag rated at 10 degrees. I went right to sleep and never woke up till the sun was up. The next night I was out of Crown. When I went to bed, it was 23 degrees and I slept with every piece of clothing I had on and barely slept.

Bring pleny of anti-freeze!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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The last two weeks of September we were in the San Juans, Puget Sound, Southern Wa Coast and Oregon Coast. No snow, of course, but we did get some pretty good rain and winds. Glad that we got our TT a couple of years ago. Makes camping so much easier in the uncomfortable weather.

We're debating on whether to winterize or try to squeeze in one more short trip.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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We're debating on whether to winterize or try to squeeze in one more short trip.
My trailer is winterized and we take it out, anyway. We just don't use the water or plumbing in the trailer.

We carry water separately and make sure nothing goes down the drains. There is no reason to park the trailer after it has been winterized.

I'm planning on taking the trailer over to the Oregon coast for a week or two in the middle of winter just to see if I can tolerate living over there in the off season. The trailer will remain winterized the entire time.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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You are not really talking about winter camping, but winter "RV"ing. No problem with that except that the thread title threw me off.
Anyways, nothing wrong with winter camping in a tent. I've done it plenty of times, in the snow, when I was younger. Many others do as well, there is practically an entire industry around it. Use a mummy sleeping bag with an appropriate temperature rating, avoid cotton, very comfortable. If it's bad weather with heavy snow you might need a four season tent.

Water bottles might freeze, you might get a sheen of ice buildup inside your tent from your the moisture that your breath and body give off. Other than that - no problem, and it's real camping....and I can do it in beautiful areas that these unsightly houses on wheels can only dream about.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: California
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Default Winter Camping

Done it many times, rain, snow and cold temps. it's okay once in a while but I go to enjoy myself not practice survival Technics. Early this year a storm came in on our 5th day camping, it rained and snowed for the next two days, that was enough for me, I like to hike, fish and hunt not sit around trying to stay warm.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Palmer, AK
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Geez, if I were down at the Oregon coast in the winter in my camper, I think I'd just de-winterize it and use it fully. Not like the temps are likely to freeze up and burst any water lines at the temps that you see on the coast.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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You are not really talking about winter camping, but winter "RV"ing. No problem with that except that the thread title threw me off.
Anyways, nothing wrong with winter camping in a tent. I've done it plenty of times, in the snow, when I was younger. Many others do as well, there is practically an entire industry around it. Use a mummy sleeping bag with an appropriate temperature rating, avoid cotton, very comfortable. If it's bad weather with heavy snow you might need a four season tent.

Water bottles might freeze, you might get a sheen of ice buildup inside your tent from your the moisture that your breath and body give off. Other than that - no problem, and it's real camping....and I can do it in beautiful areas that these unsightly houses on wheels can only dream about.
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A couple years ago, we got 18" of snow one night camping in Yosemite. We did buy a 4 season tent for the trip! It was great.

I'm going to do a couple 4000'ers in the White Mountains this year. Might just be hikes, but I'll be bringing my winter hammock just in case
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Geez, if I were down at the Oregon coast in the winter in my camper, I think I'd just de-winterize it and use it fully. Not like the temps are likely to freeze up and burst any water lines at the temps that you see on the coast.
I agree. If I'm dragging the trailer somewhere, I want to use all the amenities. We did that one year.....winterized it twice.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:59 AM
 
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My trailer is winterized and we take it out, anyway. We just don't use the water or plumbing in the trailer.

We carry water separately and make sure nothing goes down the drains. There is no reason to park the trailer after it has been winterized.

I'm planning on taking the trailer over to the Oregon coast for a week or two in the middle of winter just to see if I can tolerate living over there in the off season. The trailer will remain winterized the entire time.
We take our 5th wheel to the coast two or three times during the year, but I haven't gone in the Winter. That would require driving down Hwy 58 with snow on the ground and that is just an accident waiting to happen. So in the Winter we go to Charleston and stay at Captain John's Motel. You do know that staying at any of the Indian Casino's parking lots (set up for RV's) are free? There is one at Lincoln City and another at Coos Bay. I see no reason why winter camping in your trailer wouldn't work just fine, but you will need to camp near restrooms, etc. Over the years I've been Elk hunting and got caught in the snow, but I never planned it that way. In addition to my forced air furnace in my 5th wheel, I have a small catalytic wall mounted unit that works well to take the chill off. It doesn't need battery power, but I don't use it at night, ever. You are probably in the Northern part of the state, while I'm near the Southern border, it is colder down here in the winter and pulling a trailer on icy highways could be a real hazard. We can't get to the coast from here without going over mountain passes or descending down icy roads with heavy truck traffic.

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