How cold is too cold???

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  1. ckb

    ckb New Member

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    Hello, How warm should it be to open up the pup??? The weather here is in the 30's but feels like teens or maybe low 20's?? We just bought our first and brought it home. I want to get in there and make it ours!but the dealer said we can crack the clear vinyl if we open it when it is too cold??? How cold is too cold? :)
     
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    Our manual says do not try to open when temps are below 20 without preheating interior or vinyl will crack.
    If it is nice and sunny and high 30's maybe it will be OK. Just go slow.

    As to actual experience, well we are in Florida..........
    I am sure those that are above the Freezing line will chime in as soon as they are back form camping.

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    I'm not too certain. We've had ours out in the mid 30's to uppper 30's and the vinyl windows have been ok. I've just gone kinda slow when opening/closing the PU in that kind of weather.

    I know that we've had it out overnight when it's hit 32 but I've never opened closed when its been much below freezing.

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  4. ckb

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    Thank you! We opened it and it seems okay. We will be careful. I am cleaning the stains off the vinyl. I got that vinyl cleaner they sell at the RV store. That stuff works great but sooo toxic. ugh. Well back to work! Thanks.
     
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    We've had ours up in the mid 20's during hunting seasons. It's a bit stiff, but if you take your time, it's not a problem...so far<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
     
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    Last Nov. we were out in 14 degrees, the outside drain hoses froze, but no other problems. My concern was breaking down, folding the canvas, just took our time, had no problems.

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    If it is cold outside and the trailer is closed up, you can get a space heater and place it in the open doorway. After 30 minutes or so the vinyl should be warm enough to work with. We camped last week in N. Georgia and it was 20 degrees several nights. The trailers was warm inside though, so we had no issues when we went to break down.

    On the other hand, our oldest son broke one of our vinyl windows on our old trailer. It was cold and we were opening it. He pushed on the vinyl and his hand went right through it so I can attest that it can happen. I have seen it with my own eyes.

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  8. ckb

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    Okay,here is a question. We have our first pop up and it smells mildwewy inside. Is that normal for pop ups??? I febreezed the whole thing and still smells. We are going to air it out this weekend with a camping trip. Just curious what is normal and how to get rid of the smell!!! Thanks! Otherwise, we love it!
     
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    Are you canvas areas free of mold/mildew? Our smelled a little 'old air' smell to it when opened this spring after a long winter but not mildew.

    I'd just let it air out for a good whole day if possible before going camping.

    One important item:
    Be sure that whenever your tent gets even slightly damp that you let it completely dry out before closing it up. ie. if there a tiny bit of condensation in the a.m. when leaving a campground, it is ok to close it up. But open her up when you get home and let it dry totally.

    Our used PU had an owner who let it sit closed while damp. We struggled getting rid of the odor and killing the mildew. Finally, airing it out for several days became the best idea. Good luck.

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    While we were weighing the tow vehicle with the pup and without, I stood by the pup while my husband weighed the tow vehicle and I SMELLED THE SMELL outside the camper! There is a little hole in the caulking on the roof and the same smell was right there! I called the dealer and they said to bring it in and they would re-seal that part of the roof and spray some chemicals in there to dry out any wet stuff. I hope it is that easy! We only smell it in one corner. We have it in our garage and our whole garage has that smell. I hope there is no weird damage in the roof and I hope they can fix it! We had it open for a couple of days on our first camping trip and it still is there. Our water tank has a leak too! Luckily the dealer said to bring it back and they will take care of it. This dealer has been really great even with a used pup. We looked at some pups from another dealer and they really did not care too much unless you were buying one of the bigger campers! That first trip out was a LOT of work but hopefully it gets easier once we get it down. The thermostat also was really hot then would shut off and we would get cold then it would come back on and get really hot again! Look forward to the next trip being easier and less smelly! :)
     
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    Cold camping should only be done by people who don't mind sleeping with cold noses!

    Also, be very careful on the heater you choose. My pup doesn't have a built in heater, so we picked up an old school coleman tent heater. The kind that people have died using in tents because they slept to close to it and everything caught on fire! We have used it for 8 years now, with not so much as a singed sleeping bag, but only because we have been extra careful. The worst thing that has happened was a bruise on my head when we hung it from the top of the tent!!

    We have used it in the pup with no permanent dain bramage because we keep the top vent open slightly, and the screen door panel open one knotch. It keeps the air flowing, but the heat radiates into the whole camper.

    Just be very carefull what you use, and how you use it.

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