Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-31-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 1
Cold winter wx with a Ford e350 Sportsmobile

Hi there - I'm new to the Sportsmobile community, and have a question re winter camping. Live in Colorado and spend much of the winter in the high country engaged in AT skiing. I'm interested in feedback on the pop-up type van Sportsmobiles as a suitable winter camping vehicle in temps down to around 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks!
__________________

Backpacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2018, 11:57 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
arctictraveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2,835
You should have no problems. Plenty of members here do the same thing, you just need a suitable heater and as much insulation as you can reasonably install.
__________________

__________________
Arctic Traveller
KC6TNI
2001 GTRV
Advanced 4wd
Agile Ride improvement package
www.arctictraveller.com
arctictraveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2018, 07:09 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
86Scotty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: TN
Posts: 8,234
Yep ^^^

__________________
Currently vanless. Weird.
86Scotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2018, 07:18 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Bellpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 300
We do a bit of winter camping, camping up at the ski mountain and if it is just to cold for our Espar diesel heater to keep up we just keep the pop top down.
__________________
2010 E350 6.0 4x4 EB 50 SMB
2007 E350 6.0 4x4 RB 50 SMB (sold)
Bellpilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2018, 07:46 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Twoxentrix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Posts: 1,007
Garage
Been in single digits & low teens for several days at a time - Espar heater was our savior, but then we have the cold weather insulation along with then sound deadening, so that helps considerably. A good sleeping bag removes any regrets from the equation!
Bellpilot offers sound advice - keep the top down if you have concerns.

In the scenario you presented, Also need to take into account (if you have it) where your water lines run.
__________________
TwoXentrix
"AWOL"
Twoxentrix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
simplesez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Golden, CO
Posts: 435
Add me to the list of folks with popup van that sleeps with the top down in the winter. Cozy warm but only two of us with a dog. We camp in some super cold conditions. Well below zero.
simplesez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2018, 10:49 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Park City Utah
Posts: 68
Garage
We have done several week long ski trips in our van with our 12 y/o so have to keep the Pop-top up Suburban Propane heater... 0-low teens the lowest.

Never had an issue with heat, moisture is the biggest challenge - getting stuff dry after storm days takes patience.

Also, not sure what your rig is but starting a diesel at 0f after a few days can be a challenge as well
dick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2018, 11:20 AM   #8
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,806
Garage
I've never camped in weather much colder than 15* or so. Once I still was able to tolerate 8* with the top up and the Espar cab heater running. Even slept up top. The canvas radiated the cold but I was sleeping in a 0* bag. I can see where some kind of insulated barrier would help. The worst part of my build is the exposed water pipes on the bottom of the frame. Driving in certain snowy conditions can ice up the pipes and freeze em. Another is a frozen flat plate which SMB tucks up along the frame. If I'm in cold weather I usually run the Espar water heater early in the morning to pre warm the motor & help keep things thawed, but for very cold weather you should drain the water system. At least that's how it has worked for my 2006.
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2018, 07:20 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 8
Cold weather camping

Hi:
Our coldest winter camping in our SMB 350 Ford Diesel was on 7,000 foot Galena pass near Sun Valley Idaho, Dec. 27. We kept the top (penthouse) down and slept on the bottom bed with 0-degree sleeping bags. It got down to 9 degrees in the van and 0 outside.
The van is totally winterized in the colder months. We carry water and actually use a Mr. Buddy heater (with well ventilation). We only use it when we are awake at night and in the morning. No Mr. Buddy heater running during the night.
We used bottled water for cooking and coffee and the propane range in the camper helped heat the living space.
It's not that bad. Of course, we were cross-country skiing during the day in sunshine and that helped.
Sleeping bags are the key. We zip our two sleeping bags together so we are snug together. (more body heat).
I was worried the diesel wouldn't start the next morning because of the freezing weather but it did.
Pete, Boise getoutdoorsnorthwest
mountaingoatz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 09:51 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
shenrie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: boise idaho
Posts: 2,073
Garage
^^^ we spent a night on galena summit and ran out of propane in a slide in camper. 7.3 would not start the next morning. we flagged down the plow driver to see if he happened to have some starting fluid. he didn't, but informed us that with the nasty winds blowing it was -30 degrees that previous night. freaking frigid... our buddies in a tent were fine, but we froze, lol.


we bought a 0 degree double sleeping bag. a few years ago at my sisters house in wonderful rigby Idaho we were visiting for thanksgiving. after a few drinks I talked my wife into trying out the new bag out in front of their house. I said if its too cold we can just run inside. wife was game to try. it got down to -5. it was fine inside the bag, but lordy was it tough getting out of said bag. I got up at 7am to use the bathroom but wife stayed out there until about 10.


we now have a mr buddy that we use to preheat prior to bed and when we get up. its a lifesaver for my wife with her condition. its completely changed her ability to get out of bed in the mornings.
__________________

__________________
"understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of your car, oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of your car, horsepower is how hard your car hits the wall, and torque is how far your car moves the wall."
shenrie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.