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    Posted: 12 Feb 2018 at 5:49pm
I plan on taking my 179 to Rio Grand del Norte (north of Taos, NM) the first week of March for some winter fly fishing and maybe a day skiing.  While days might touch on 50 deg, the nights usually hit the upper teens.  I have some anti freeze in both the black & grey tanks but any advice for the freshwater tank & pump?  I used the compressor method to winterize for Dallas, so the fresh line is currently dry.
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I no nothing about skiing but out West I start fly fishing with Prince nymph, elk hair caddis for dryBig smile.  
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I take it you will be boon docking. It would take cold for a considerable time to freeze the fresh water tank. However you can carry water for drinking and cooking and leave the tank dry. Any water you use from freshwater tank is going to go in the black and grey tanks. Same for latrine use. If you are camping at an improved site, they make a heated water hose, that I found handy. My last experience in winter camping, what froze were the drains. I didn't have a "Y" drain hose, so I hooked up to the black and the grey drain froze.
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Yes I will be dry camping, with solar panels on top I will have fully charged batteries at the end of the day. I can leave the furnace running most of the night at a low temperature so that should keep the camper fairly warm. And midges work well for winter flies!
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I was in the Rio Grande outside taos last march in our 182g twice.  What elevation will you be camping at?  I had no problems and like Mcarter said, it takes a long time to freeze that water and most of the fresh water plumbing is somewhat enclosed anyway.  I would fill up the fresh water tank and use it.  The heat from the ground will help provide some heat to the bottom of the pod and the furnace takes care of the inside.  you can leave a small drip as well and use the vault toilets if you have them. 

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Originally posted by YODT

Yes I will be dry camping, with solar panels on top I will have fully charged batteries at the end of the day. I can leave the furnace running most of the night at a low temperature so that should keep the camper fairly warm. And midges work well for winter flies!

Midges sound good--except I need about 4x magnification to tie them on.

Seriously, my wife and I traveled from Chicago to California and back this January. For most of the trip the temps were around what you anticipate. Second day out we de-winterized and carried some water in  tank for flushing. Jug water for drinking. We left thermostat at 50-55. We were fine. Re-winterized the day before we got back.

Have fun--wish I was fishing.
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Thanks for the great advice all, I'm looking forward to the mountains as always!
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+1 on keeping the freshwater system winterized and carrying fresh water for drinking. We have a Reliance Products Hydroller 8-gallon water carrier that we have used on winter trips. We used RV antifreeze for flushing #2, not needed for #1. Since we were traveling for much of this, most needs were taken care of at rest stops. It was just nighttime that it became an issue.

Definitely lower the thermostat at night and, if you have them, use sleeping bags to stay warm. Turn the thermostat up during the day for comfort. That way, you will conserve propane and battery power.
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