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Old 12-30-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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winter camping

hello,
We are in the hunt for a new rv. I thought a smb would be the perfect fit for our needs. But the biggest question i have is has anyone successfully winter camped with the top up?. We have 3 in our family plus a dog. We ski every weekend in colorado and i thought this would be a great option, with 4x4 capablities. Is there anyway to insulate the pop up for max. thermal value? Any ideas? thanks for your time.Anyone willing to trade a 2003 Bigfoot 29sl for a smb 4X4? tiff
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: winter camping

There are several post on the site that go over this. Some owners prefer hard top vehicles but the main concern is the water system freezing. Cab temps depend on the heater and how cold it is. I've been in 9 degree weather with the top up and stayed warm with the diesel heater 3/4 on. I had about 10" of snow on top. During that trip the lines froze while driving so they should have been drained but no damage was done. Here are some posts to look at and if you search you'll find more.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3925&hilit=reflextics
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=3928&hilit=winter+insulation
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1496&hilit=winter+insulation
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2589&hilit=winter+insulation
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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thanks for the info!
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #4
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Re: winter camping

You need to read the Badger's site.

http://badgertrek.com/

Our SMB is great and I agree with above, the water system is the weak link. How much else you redo depends on how cold you really want to camp.

Also you might consider a fixed top.
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