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I'm out in the eastern Sierra Nevada high desert for three days. I wanted to see how the Oliver does in these conditions. Cold temps and windy! I'm dry camping, running everything on propane. I put the fridge down to #1 and it's fine. I've set the furnace to run at 58 degrees or so, which keeps it comfy enough inside. When I got the site on Monday afternoon the lithiums were at about 85% SOC. Now on Wednesday morning they're at about 62%. I can feel some cold air coming in from the windows, but not too much.

Benton Hot Springs is definitely off the beaten path. There are 11 campsites, each with it's own hot tub. Hot mineral water is piped in from a nearby spring. If I'm outside, I'm in the tub to stay warm.




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2021 Elite II #841, 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4, 3.0 diesel

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We have camped at Benson Hot Springs.  What a great place! We might be going be here in about a week and a half. 

Kirk and Carrie Peterson

Twin Falls, Idaho

2018 Ram 3500, 8 foot bed with overland conversion.

Elite 2 before the end of 2022!

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2 hours ago, Cameron said:

 I can feel some cold air coming in from the windows, but not too much.

This works well (as long as the blinds are pulled completely closed, or at least the lower ones are raised up part way):



John Davies

Spokane WA

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

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Or, if you don't mind it dark inside - you can buy some Reflextic (See Here) and cut it to fit for each window.  No drafts (if you cut it correctly) and even a slight increase in insulation.

When you don't need the Reflextic you simply store it under the mattress.


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+1 on topgun's post. We use reflectix, or cheap windshield covers from the dollar store, when we take new rvs to Alaska. Not only for the cold, but to cut the almost all day sun. I have a hard time sleeping when the sun is up at midnight.

Store them under the mattress during the day. 

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