Winter Camping: An Amazing Off Grid Experience

Being from Canada we know a thing or two about cold winters. As outdoor enthusiasts with a love for camping, we also understand the desire to camp in your Off Grid Trailer year-round. As the temperatures cool down and the rain turns to white, fluffy snow up north and in higher altitudes, we can’t help but think of the possibilities of winter camping. Unique landscapes and more challenging trails await us and our Off Grid Trailer. While there are many joys and benefits to Winter Camping and snow covered overland adventures, it is important to take a few extra precautions and ensure you are set up for success. 


One thing you must remember as the temperature falls and you turn on your Propex Heater is that adequate ventilation is essential for a warm comfortable cabin. It may seem counter intuitive but closing off the circulation of air and running the furnace can lead to a build up of moisture causing you to feel damp, cool, and uncomfortable while sleeping in your Off Grid Trailer. There is nothing worse on an Overlanding Trip then waking up damp on a cold winter’s day. 


We recommend turning the heat up, cracking a window open along with the roof vent, and even turning on your MaxxFan to adequately vent the moisture created while you sleep. The ventilation may cool your cabin slightly but preventing the moisture from building will more than make up for the slight change in air temperature while you sleep.


Low Temperature and High Altitude Warning:

Winter camping up in the mountains can be a beautiful experience, but there are some things to be aware of before you pack up your trailer and head up for a weekend of overlanding and winter camping in the mountains. 

The heater in your Off Grid Trailer is a Propex 6500 BTU system fed from a 10 lbs. propane bottle. The Propex heater is designed to ignite by mixing the correct amount of air and fuel – which works well in most situations. As you climb higher into the mountains the air gets thinner and the Propex System may have a more difficult time running due to the lower air density.  As you climb above roughly 7000-8000 ft in altitude there is a possibility that your Propex system may not be able to ignite and you may not have the use of your furnace when you need it most. 

The freezing point of propane is -44 Degrees Celsius (-47 Degrees Fahrenheit.) Propane needs to vaporize (boil,) in in order to be available at a sufficient pressure at the regulator inlet, and the colder it gets the less the fuel in your tank will be useable.  Below 0 degrees Fahrenheit or -17 degrees Celsius your 10 lbs. Propane tank may struggle to feed your Propex Furnace with an adequate amount of fuel. We highly recommend you test your furnace in a non-remote area in cold weather before heading out on your first below freezing adventure. 

Winterization of your Off Grid Trailer

Remember even if you are going to be camping year round, you still need to winterize your water system. Learn more 

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