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Old 08-11-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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I am thinking of buying a 2004 2720SL and would like to know if anyone has ever used a TM in the winter?
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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Yes we have camped in the winter & you can search & find many others that have posted their experiences with winter camping.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:45 AM   #3
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I did read alot of the old threads regarding winter use but any more comments are helpful
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:56 AM   #4
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Not trying to be rude but if you read can you be more specific as to what you would like to know?
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:16 AM   #5
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1. Well I was just thinking & remembered one thing I would definitely do again for winter camping is replace the original thermostat with a digital one which is more accurate.

2. We also carry a oscillating ceramic heater.

3. We also use electric blankets.

4. We always disconnect & bring in the water hose so it doesn't freeze.

5. Make sure we have plenty of Propane incase we use the propane heater also. I have found the propane heater to work well when used but haven't used it enough to know how efficient it is.

6. Oh & it snowed one time but didn't cause any problems for us inside.

As you can tell we always have full hookups when camping
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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Last, and so far the only, time we camped in below freezing weather, we wrapped all the outside water drains in plastic bags or bubble wrap, and opened all the cupboard doors to heat the water pipes inside the trailer. In the morning I unwrapped the drains and opened each a bit to free them of what little ice had formed. There were no problems.

Since then I've also wrapped the inside water pipes (where I could get to them) with that foam pipe insulation. There are still a few places I couldn't get too and am still worried about. I've also gone around the trailer, especially underneath, looking for cracks and holes to fill with foam.

The propane furnace fan is really noisy. We purchased a very quiet and light-weight electric heater and prefer to use that.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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Where do you plan on winter camping and what temps can you expect? Altitude can make a diff - I like to bring my efficient "heater buddy" heater for real cold areas but it is absolutely useless above 7000 ft. I haven't had my TM long enough to winter camp but have done so before. I was really nervous the first time thinking we would freeze and it was a piece of cake. Been down to 17 F.
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Thank you so much for responding. Great information. We live in the high rockies of colorado, but would be doing winter camping in Michigan. All these answers really helped.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:30 PM   #9
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Camping with a TM in the winter is very doable (is that a word?)

I echo earlier comment on bringing a space heater....much quieter than propane furnace. We set both on at night but have the propane furnace at a slightly lower temperature; that way it will kick in if the space heater can't keep up. We aim the space heater towards the back bed and leave the privacy curtain open because it is hard to get heat down the small hallway.

We also lay blankets/towels along the perimeter of the bed pull-outs to insulate the sleeping area better. And I sleep with a hat on!

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:34 PM   #10
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I was wondering about the grey water tanks or thetford toilet freezing? Is this not a concern? Or do you not use them in really cold temps?
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