Anyone done Disney in MH when really cold?

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  1. errpaul

    errpaul Funster

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    We're off to Disney at christmas and had been planning to stay in the MH. We have been many times before but always stayed in hotels.
    Now we know it gets cold there and so Mrs L has started to worry about the cold etc, and how things will work while we're there.....She's talked about booking a hotel, but the deciding factor in getting the MH this year, (rather than in 20 years or so which is when we always thought we'd get one), was to be able to take it to Disney! It's like a 2nd home so the idea was the MH would pay for itself in no time!:thumb:

    So any advice please...help me save the cost of the hotel which will be in excess of 1 1/2 grand:cry:

    Specifically how do you keep your MH warm. Do you keep gas on when not in the van during the day? What about at night?
    Do we need to weather proof at all? We have an Autosleeper, so not at all winterised.
    How much gas should we expect to use for a week?
    I've searched previous threads and some say that there is no water at this time of year, but others say there is.
    Any further info on the aire at the nearby petrol station?

    Thanks for your help:Blush:
     
  2. ralph-dot

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    We use a small oil filled radiator and have never been cold, we leave it on a lower setting when we are out.

    Ralph
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    No, but ive been to Tesco's when i was really cold but the cab heater soon warmed up......toasty warm feet:Rofl1:

    Sorry, couldnt resist.:Blush:
     
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    i think it could be wise to go to disney in florida. dont like cold.
     
  5. errpaul

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    Did that last year....not a big fan of cold but christmas in shorts and t.shirt just feels wrong somehow:Laughing:
    A fair old drive there too:Rofl1:
     
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    i nearly always have xmas in shorts n sandels is there another form of dress to wear in the sun.
     
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    same here alan but the frostbite dont half hurt and i have only so many toes left.:BigGrin:
     
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    you must be in the wrong place. i do keep giving hints n tips as to the best place for xmas. agadir. by the sea .
     
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    We spent several days there in November. Our old van was winterised but it was bitterly cold. We had no generator so could not use our oil filled radiator. We had the blown air heater on while we were in the motorhome but turned it off on going out.

    We also had a feather mattress topper underneath us and a high tog down one over us and wool travel rugs on top. Plus the trusty hot water bottles,bed socks, flannelette PJ's and wool hats! ( Romantic,hey?).

    We kept the curtains, silver screens,and blinds closed when we were out for the day.
    Think padded jackets, layers of wool jumpers, wool vests,long handles,gloves, hats and scarves and you will be fine. And you can't beat that hot toddy when you get back.
    Lucille
     
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    It will be cold, and if the water supply along the Fence by the coach toilet drop is not turned off it may well be frozen.

    Thats why we are going to spain:Rofl1:
     
  11. hilldweller

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    Easy.

    Don't go.

    Go when it's warm and sunny and you might actually enjoy it.

    I'm a fine one to talk, we will be parked on a Cheshire field. But if it all goes pear shaped we can be home in an hour or so.
     
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    Don't listen to em Erpaul.

    There just all getting on a bit and used to living down south :BigGrin:

    Us younger motorhomers, love using the van in the cold. 1st things first. You have no idea what the weather will be like yet so before you go canceling your trip on the strength of what you have heard hold on.

    We and many others like us ski from our motorhome and endure temperatures of -30 at night. ahhh lovely and can't wait.

    Here's a few tips.- Now I am thinking you are staying on an aire? Or at euro disney itself.

    get your self a generator and a proper and I mean proper Jerry can. Your battery/ies will die very quickly in winter due to the fact it gets dark early. Run your genny from 8-10pm and this will top the battery up nicely.

    gas usage will increase but to give you an idea, we bank on using about 19kgs in a week skiing. We leave it on low during the night. and sleep with proper sleeping bags and duvets. you may find you need to move on and get some gas, Having a gaslow fitted makes it so much easier.

    take plenty of warm clothes and dont be afraid to wear them in bed. Ok you might smell but no one will notice or care. :Blush:

    Use bottled water for drinking minimising your need to rely on site water. I personally would not shower for the week, but thats why I have so few friends.:Eeek:


    you have all you need. alternately, Why not do a couple of days there and then go and stay on site with hook up for a couple days nearby where you can run your electrics and get water to your hearts content,.

    It can be done and is a lot of fun and you are not likely to freeze to death. :thumb:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    What was this, for some reality TV show ?

    I know, it's that Japanese Endurance show, the one where they stick rats down your underpants and see how long you go before passing out. Yes, that would be it.
     
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    Oh hagnap:BigGrin: lived in a static for 2 yrs so same really ok totally hooked up but heres some tips: 1yr got so cold got up couldnt pul curtains open there was 8 " up the windows of ice and they were stuck to it::Sad:

    tips:

    1: take 2 duvets sleep between them or under both[winter tog]
    2: you may be snug as a bug when heatings on but it soon turns cold when you turn it off
    3: main Door have a nice heavy Curtain over it thats where most heat escapes,this why i think you see a curtain from the cabin abover driver passenger seat make space smaller to
    4: if its REALLY cold,sit on the loo !!! direction maybe an issue through shivering:Laughing:
    5:On wake up make sure you do a deal who puts kettle on 1st in Morning
    6: wear snuggle socks big thick ones,feet always end up sticking out
    7: Obvious one DONT leave a gas fire running
    8: have a small oil filled rad set on low to take chill out,personally we turned them off at night for safety
    9: be lazy if snuggled in bed watching TV get a pump flask,save getting up making a coffee


    ps weigh up the prices go when bit warmer ,nice warmer day fun,cold shivvering nuts off rain etc :Blush:
     
  15. errpaul

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    Thanks haganap. Needed some support:thumb:
    Think I'm getting more confident and able to convince Mrs L that staying in the MH is a good idea now. We will be staying at Disney in the car park.
    I've had a look at a gennie today as that is going to be a must buy before we go.

    As you say, us younger MHer's don't mind the cold:Wink:
    We'd actually love to take it ski-ing but I think we'll leave that until we change our MH when we will look at a winterised one. Would cause too many problems with ours I reckon....plenty of time for that.

    Our boy would definately be quite happy not to shower for a week...in fact when he went on his cubs camp he went hiking, horse riding, and did lots of other scouting things. He was away for 4 days and did all this and slept in the same clothes...underware and everything...didn't wash his hands or brush his teeth once. And all the other cubs were the same...the tents were disgusting!!:Eeek:
    Anyway, I'm getting away from the point now.......:Rofl1:
     
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    Will you return man or eunuch ?

    Frozen off or chopped off - we'll all be waiting for the report :Smile:
     
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    I suppose it'd be effective birth control:Rofl1:
    Might sting a bit though:cry:
     
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    We were there on New years eve a couple of years ago. Never again as it was soooo busy, had to queue for hours and it was cold and wet. The aire was full and we were parked on top of each other. Showers and toilets were very dirty.

    Just my experience.

    Kind regards

    Maddie
     
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    HI when are you going we are going for new year and next month as well
     
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    Shame! You spoiled the surprise we have arranged for you! We were just practising cold weather motor homing at Disney last November ready for the new Year treat......

    We've entered you in the European sector of that race held in January 2010 in Wrenbury. So better get buying those thermals to keep the rats warm. :Laughing:

    Lucille
     
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