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This deer opener, three of us will be sleeping in a pop-up style camper. We have never used this camper before with cooler temps. Actually, we have never even fired up the heater (but we know it works). This isnt my first choice in sleeping arrangements but I think it will work just fine.

Anyone ever stay in pop-up's with the cooler temps, 20's for lows with a 15 mph or so wind? Advise?

Two of us have buddy heaters if we need to supplement.

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I did it for 3 years in northern minnesota. Bring the buddy heaters you may need them. We used the indoor safe buddy heater as a suppliment to the regular furnace and it worked well.

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It will keep you alive but plan on sleeping with long johns and a stocking cap. It tends to get damp inside from condensation. If it stays in the 20's you should be ok.

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We used 1 for a couple years as elk camp, did good in Oct in the Rockies at 9500 feet even with temps down in the teens. Get a tarp to cover it to help prevent the condensation. Good sleeping bag and your set.

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A week after trout opener we'd spent the weekend in 1 and temps got down to the low 20's, (outside Lanesborough, MN). It even snowed the 2nd morning. To be honest I slept like a rock. The heat was on nearly constantly but was very comfortable.

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yes, the heater has been ran just not by me and not for a hunting weekend like this with the anticipated temps of 20's for lows. There is a vent on top that we will be using along with a CO detector so we dont get gased!

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I have stayed in my old pop-up for 6-7 days while grouse hunting up north. It has a vented heater in it though.

The tarp idea is good. We never went with out it. I also used a huge one, that gave a 10’ or more awning out the front. Great for parking the wheelers under so they do not get frosted up.

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I use mine in the Black Hills every year. We have lived through some some very cold weather. If you have electricity so you can run your heater all the time, you will be fine. If you have to rely on batteries you better have a NEW FRESH one every night. Never had any condensation problems at all.

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Bring lots of propane (for the buddy heaters and the furnace). Pop-up campers are not efficient in cold weather. My friend used 3-20lb tanks in one weekend in a pop-up with temps in the 20's at night. If you are in a remote area, a generator is really nice, and it will also charge the deep cycle battery(s) if it has that option.

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Bring lots of propane (for the buddy heaters and the furnace).

I would NOT use a Buddy heater in a enclosed area. They are not meant to heat sealed up enclosed areas. The only heat I would use is a vented furance that came with the camper. Many people have died from running the wrong heater in a shelter.

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I spring turkey hunt and November deer hunt out of our pop up. Its about 12 years old but still keeps us warm.

The furnace's in pop ups have vented exhaust to the outside. The only way you would get carbon monoxide problems is if the heat exchanger is cracked. Thats what the c/o detector is for.

The canvas on pop ups breathes decent enough that you shouldn't have to open the roof vent and let out all your heat.

Turn your heat off when you're not in your camper, but expect to use 10lbs per night if the furnace is running constant in cooler weather.

Also, if there are only a couple people in it, sleep on the drop down tables and store your gear on the beds with the curtains drawn. That saves a ton of propane. You don't need a supplemental (Buddy) heater, but if you have 110 power, and REALLY want extra heat, use an electric.

Good luck and enjoy your hunt.

BTW, my family is coming with the next two weekends to camp out. If it weren't fine, they (girls) wouldn't be there. wink

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I've stayed in pop-ups while deer hunting many times.

One year it was -10 degrees and later it snowed 5-6 inches. We stayed at the state park and had electric.

It wasn't too bad.

Mummy sleeping bag = $110

Long underwear, union suit = $45

Knit hat = $10

Being warm at -10...... PRICELESS

Good Luck,

Mike

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you'll be fine. like everyone else is saying - bring a mr. buddy heater or two. i ALWAYS bring one with me when i spend the night in my travel trailer. you need a backup plan!

even w/o heat 20 degree weather is not bad at all. a sleeping bag will keep you warm. the hardest part will be getting out in the morning.

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