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Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:04:41 PM »
I just got back from a Jeep event here in NC and I dragged my QS 6.0 along for lodging. I setup in Arrowhead CG in Uwharrie National Forest so I had power hookups and a bath house. It was about 46 degrees when I setup and all went smoothly. It was the first time with a popupgizmo and an awning, so there was some delay figuring out what was going on with all that. The awning is pretty straight forward, but the PUG was a little more of an issue. It's a slippery beast, so the best move is to alternate sides / corners when first lashing it on. That is going to be a trick if it's windy too. None the less, I was all setup in about an hour and a half by myself. I have a Lasko 1500w ceramic heater and an electric blanket. The heater on high is almost too much heat so I ran it on low for the duration.

The first night was high 20's-low 30's, when I crawled out of the camper at 7:30 it was 30 degrees outside. I was very comfortable that night, actually having to turn the blanket down.

The second night was colder and breezy, and that made a difference inside, not drastic, but I did put the blanket on high with an additional blanket to keep comfortable. It was 25 degrees outside when I crawled out of the camper. I think if I had bunk liners that would have eliminated the need for the supplemental blanket. It was only 26 when I struck camp. I left the heater on until the last moment to keep the vinyl as pliable as possible, but it was still very stiff to fold down. I was worried about the windows mostly, but she tucked in ok.

I'm not sure I want to do this solo again when it's so cold, a second set of hands would have been very helpful. The camper can be a 4 season camper, but is probably best suited to 3 seasons, just worried about the windows cracking when it's so cold out.
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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 06:38:43 PM »
Hello Jeepsk8,
Lily and family just returned from 35 degrees in Charleston SC. We had a 1500 w heater and electric mattress pads which were great. Also we have put foam flooring down on the aluminum floor and it makes a big difference, also under the mattresses which seems to help.  After watching a YouTube video we purchased a snap tool at West Marine which we cannot imagine going without! Makes opening and closing so much easier. Cost $17.00 and worth every penny. Lily is home now in VT where it was minus 13 degrees this morning (not camping), but plan to head South again in 2 weeks.
Lily wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 06:51:59 PM »
Be careful heading out at much below freezing. 26 degrees is pushing it. The 60 mph airflow underneath your camper quickly cools anything under there to ambient temps. I would wait until the air temp gets up to at least 30 before driving away.

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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 09:05:35 PM »
That's a nice thing about the Quicksilver models, there's no water in them. Anything that can freeze can be put in the TV for travel.

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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 10:28:44 AM »
The only liquids I had were bottled water that were in the cooler strapped to the back. Half of my 4 hr drive is on roads with 65-70 mph speed zones. The trailer tires are rated at 75 mph, so I maintained speed limits, lol. But, I do thank you for pointing out that wind speeds at this temp tend to really drop the interior temps to ambient quickly, that is good information for everybody.

Lily, my QS is a 2018 model with the composite floor so floor temps aren't quite as severe as with the aluminum floor, they actually have an R value of 9. None the less, I do have a carpet if for no other reason than aesthetics.

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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 09:59:47 AM »
I camped in my 8.0 in middle TN over the New Year's weekend.  The second night the low temps went down to the single digits.  I kept my space heater running and I was comfortable under the electric blanket.  Interesting observation when I was packing up-- under the bunk mattress I had a 2-inch foam rubber cushion.  When I went to pick up the foam rubber cushion I found that it was stuck to the bunk because the condensation had frozen.  Never dealt with frost on the inside before.

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Re: Cold weather camped in my QS 6.0
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 08:30:14 PM »
Wow!