A Winter Camping Trip – Pre-Planning Day-2


Lynchburg Snow – pic by DON Bobbitt

OK! After a few hours of chewing on the whole camping trip thing, there are several things that I definitely need to be prepared for if we are going to be problem free while there.

By the way, I have to mention that after our Autumn trip to Lynchburg, and before the temperatures really dropped down to freezing regularly, I asked my son-in-law to partially winterize my Camper for me.

  1. He drained the Hot and Cold water lines to avoid the chance of any damage from frozen water lines.
  2. He drained my fresh water tank for the same reason.
  3. He had a friend come by and empty my Grey and Black Sewage storage tanks.
  4. He drained my fresh water tank.
  5. He checked that all of the slides were closed along with all windows and roof vents.
And, most importantly, he placed a 60-watt light bulb on an extension cord into the compartment where my Sewage and water tanks reside. Because I have my own AC power at my campsite, this will provide just enough heat to be my backup insurance policy against there being any kind of frozen water line or tank problems even under the worst weather conditions.
It is a great thing to have someone you can trust, to shut down and open up your camper for you. As I have mentioned in my article about Year-Round Camping, by strategically placing my camper near family and old friends, I have a second home to go to throughout the year and I also get someone I trust to look out for my camper.
Top that with the fact that my son-in-law has a camper of his own near mine in the same campground and I can have him “open up” my camper and have it ready for us to move right in the day we arrive.

On the negative side, with my camper sitting for the next year or so on a remote site, we did not leave a lot of our essential “stuff” in the camper.  So, my trip up will require us to pack a lot more “stuff” for our visit.

by DON BOBBITT, 2013
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