Haven't had the old girl "Waltzing Matilda" out for winter camping yet.
For any that don't already know, this is my mid-90's 25 foot camping trailer that I've been fixing up and improving over the past 3-4 years.
Trailer Upgrade thread:
It serves as our "mobile bug out location" so it's legitimately a part of our over-all prepping strategy. It's still very much a work in progress. So far I have gotten (almost!) all the major systems operational, expanded the battery bank, added solar power and re-configured how the electrical system works. Still need a new awning (maybe this year) and a lot of smaller fix-it and cosmetic chores. I've used it for off-grid camping the past 3 years in the middle of summer, and have had it out for a fall fishing trip with my daughter. But never towed/camped in winter before, so that's next on the list it seems.
We typically do not get snow and ice, but it still gets cold and frosty... I had to scrape the windshield this morning and it's not the first time this year. We had the old girl parked out front of the house and plugged in as a portable guest room for some friends to use, if needed, when they came to celebrate New Year's Eve with us last week. I am planning to take a short trip with her next week for two nights, to get a taste of camper living in January. I'll be headed up to the "gold country", about 2500 feet above our elevation in the land of tall pines. It's not uncommon to get snow up there and we supposedly have a monster storm coming over the next week. I just checked the forecast and it's looking like it will be in the 40's overnight there, not bad. Records do say the average overnight low is 31 and typically 5.7 inches of snow in January.
Sadly, the central furnace I have still hasn't been installed. It's one of those things I keep putting off. I'm waiting for inspiration to strike on how to get the exhaust properly vented, I think. Maybe spending a weekend in the trailer without it will motivate my synapses a bit.
In the meantime, I have a couple of small electric space heaters and a Mister Buddy portable propane heater to use. Plus electric blankets. This will be an "on-grid" camping experience as opposed to my normal boondocking so this will practically be the lap of luxury as far as utilities go. I won't need to give a second thought to using the electric coffee maker, for instance - a high-wattage appliance that typically makes short work of the battery charge.
Not expecting any surprises on this trip... however, that's what I've said about every trip so far, and every trip has had it's own share of learning experiences... "surprise!"