This past week we have discovered two things about cold weather camping:
1 We can do it
2 We don’t like it
We hung out at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground for 8 days waiting to go to Indy for Christmas and the birth of our granddaughter. A couple of nights the temps dropped into single digits. They had turned the water off at all sites and only had one bathhouse open and it was cold in there.
The 50 amp service helped, as we ran a small electric heater and put the electric heating blanket on the bed. It also helped (in all but the coldest weather) that we could run the heat using the heat pumps. When it got really cold, we used the hydronic heater burning diesel to augment the heat. Humidity was a constant concern. One morning, when we opened the shade on the windshield, the inside was covered in a thick sheet of ice.
A fan and towels over the next hour took care of that, but we learned that at times, we needed to open a window slightly and circulate the air. Another trick was bringing in the bedroom slide so the headboard was not extended and the side windows by our heads were not exposed to the outside air.
We have a thermometer with three additional sensors that we place in the refrigerator, unheated outside compartment, and the water bay. The water bay is heated and it consistently stayed about 54 degrees in there. We do believe the construction and heated tanks that come with owning a Newmar were in part responsible for surviving the week.
With the water turned off, we went into super conservation mode, either using the showers at the bathhouse or taking a very quick one in the motorhome. We did laundry at the park laundromat (something we don’t like to do) and did run the dishwasher a couple times, but it only takes a gallon and a half a load.
Speaking of water, on a subject we try to avoid, we program one of the macerator toilets at the lower water setting for liquid waste and use the other toilet with higher water consumption for solid waste. We call them toilet #1 and toilet #2. Sorry -TMI.
While we are staying at our daughter’s house in Indy, we put the motorhome into storage in a limestone cave near Lexington. This place was enormous. The temperature stays at a constant 55 degrees so no need to winterize. This was initially a limestone quarry and is now used for document and vehicle storage as well as a source for a spring water company. It felt strange driving into the cavernous opening and it was so intensely dark inside when the headlights were turned off.
So we tucked it in for a long winters nap and drove our toad to Indianapolis for happy family events.
RViewToday – Underground storage