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Post by JEBar » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:56 pm

many of us have just come through a period of record setting cold .... I know that we've learned several things that should help us be better prepared in the future .... given, we were in our camper but it seems to me the lessons apply to being at home as well .... there is no doubt that down the line we will realize we need to come back and add things .... for us :

1. running a trickle of water won't automatically prevent pipes from freezing .... the lower the temp, the stronger the stream needs to be

2. running a trickle of water can cause ice to buildup in you RV sewer hose ... the lower the temp, the greater the need for sewer hose to have a steady downward path (no low spots) .... here again, the stronger the flow the better

3. have a plan and the equipment necessary to maintain electrical power for at least a few days ....

4. have a plan and the equipment necessary to provide at least a few days of drinking water

5. have a plan and the equipment necessary to store and prepare sufficient food to last for a few days

6. have a plan and the equipment necessary to provide a source of heat in life threatening low temps

7. have extra blankets and warm clothing on hand

8. have a coffee maker that doesn't require electricity

9. in a camper, switch your frig over to gas

10. in a camper, if you heat your storage areas with a portable heater, set it in 70's at minimum (don't just set it a little above freezing)

11. have things to do that help deal with cabin fever

12. have a fully charged batter charger for your phone and such
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Post by BigAl52 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:40 am

Our fridge auto switches to gas in a power outage does yours not do that? Im also lucky to have tank heaters on all water tanks. I feel a small generator is a must. One that will keep the campers batteries charged. Getting propane was the challenge here. Spent time standing in line 2 different days.
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Post by JEBar » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:15 am

yes, our camper's frig does automatically switch to propane when the power goes out .... it was fine during those times .... the problem surfaced after the power was restored and it was still so cold for so long
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Post by Hatchdog » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:41 am

Great list, thanks for posting. I don’t intend to camp in the conditions you just experienced but neither did you! I do carry a 2000w Honda generator mostly to charge my batteries when we dry camp but even if I’m on a trip expecting to have full hookups every night I still carry it JIC. I don’t bring a supplemental heater but might start doing so when I travel on the shoulder seasons.
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Re: Lessons Learned

Post by GeoBoy » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:33 pm

We bring a Vornado heater for supplemental heat in early spring or fall. Nice product.
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Post by JEBar » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:41 pm

Hatchdog wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:41 am
I do carry a 2000w Honda generator mostly to charge my batteries when we dry camp but even if I’m on a trip expecting to have full hookups every night I still carry it JIC. I don’t bring a supplemental heater but might start doing so when I travel on the shoulder seasons.
in my book that's a wise move .... a Honda generators are quiet and reliable .... they can run a long time on not too much fuel .... as long as you can keep your camper's batter charged and you have propane, you can will have heat, lights and water from the fresh water tank
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Post by Stray Cat » Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:27 pm

For charging a cell phone at deer camp, I use the an Anker power bank. It can charge my Samsung S7 from a low 15% to full charge up to 5 times. They don't take up much room, and they hold a full charge for months.
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Re: Lessons Learned

Post by JEBar » Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:10 pm

my wife has one of those chargers and really likes it .... they most certainly do come in handy
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