Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Camping in the cold

This October, Mike and I went to Montana to visit his family and he warned me in advance, that we would have snow while there, but it would melt.  When we downsized and loaded up the camper Mike made sure that we were prepared for any kind of weather condition, IE: a winter coat, boots, thermals, rain coat and rain boots, etc.  Good thing he did, as we did have snow as well as below zero temps for a few days.  When we were at Aunt Betty’s, our hot water tank line froze up overnight when it got to single digits, but thawed out with the warm-up of the day.  We have a fireplace under the TV in the living area and we have a free standing temp control electric heater in the bedroom.  Running those with our propane furnace we were able to keep toasty warm, along with additional clothes and thick blankets.  Mike puts reflectix in the windows to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.  When it did get below zero all the water lines froze so Mike thawed them out with my hair dryer and then blew out the lines to semi winterize the rig until the temperatures were finally above zero.  We were blessed to be staying at my mother-in-law’s to use her shower and cook in her house as needed.

NOTE: We were using the fresh water tank, both at Aunt Betty’s and my mother-in-law’s, so we didn’t need a heated hose.