Originally Posted by hendersonjt7
Hello, All Y'all --
I bought a Dutchmen Aerolite 2573BH as my first camper in order to make a quiet place to live while I work a full week. The camper is neat, thoughtfully equipped with a few techy features, and works well so far (since Sep 1 of this year).
Has anyone reading this lived year-round in a camper like this and have seasoned suggestions on how feasible it is to do well all winter here? I live on a friend's 5-acre private property with hookups, just east of Colorado Springs, CO.
Living in an RV that is not equipped to handle winters in a challenge. You will need to protect pipes (obvious) and underneath the RV. I suggest putting skirting around the RV then adding some sort of heating under there since it will reach below freezing without it. If you heat down there, it may save the black and gray tanks from freezing (keep in mind, you will need to keep the valves closed since the water from the gray tank will freeze in the hose-dump them occasionally.). Also, your low point drains are under there and need to be kept warm in addition to the dump pipes and stuff.. plus your floor will be toasty and it will help with heating the RV. Keep in mind that you will use LOTS of GAS.
Water hoses: I procured the heated hoses that are sold online. These things worked great for me and kept water running. You will also need to go to Lowes or HD for pipe heater strips. These strips should be wrapped around the water supply then get some of that water heater insulation and wrap that around the water supply faucet in order to keep the heat in.
Place an electric heater in the room closest to the input valves for water and run it to heat that area up _ NOT GAS, ELECTRIC! My RV's water inputs and pump were located in the bathroom so I kept a heater in there and the doors closed so everything would stay flowing. Keep in mind that if you have a spray attachment outside, that needs to be protected also.
Lots of folks on this forum have lived in the freezing cold at least one time or another. It's a challenge but worth it.