- No running water. Flush toilet, shower, and kitchen sink are all now shut down. Our toilet is now a form of military, dry-bag toilet, such as I reviewed with the Cleanwaste Portable Toilet in an earlier article. When camping, my wife and I bring our own filtered drinking water from home, so that hasn't changed. As for water for bathing and dishwashing, we have a bucket and make use of the faucts at campgrounds.
- Heating. Winterizing had no effect on the Basecamp's efficient Truma furnace, other than the fact that the water heater is drained and isolated from anti-freeze. There still is that winter camping experience of finding that magic balance point between too hot and too cold, especially with sleeping. Also, the Basecamp's thermostat on the wall near the door is significantly at variance with the actual temperature in the camper. I usually have to set it somewhere between 10-15 degrees cooler than the actual temperature I want. Last night, for instance, I slept with the thermostat set at 45 degrees.
- Propane cook stove. The Dometic propane gas stove works just fine; however, I am aware that burning propane creates moisture as a by-product, which makes me sometimes choose to cook outside. Also, since the camper in more buttoned up in colder weather, smells tend to linger longer.
- A cozy campfire. Summer campfires, at least in Iowa, are often just symbolic and something I skip. When it's in the 80s and it's humid, I don't need a campfire unless it's a smoky one that keeps away the mosquitoes. Cold-weather camping, though, really warms the heart regarding the idea of having a campfire--and that's probably because a winter campfire literally warms the heart! The campfire becomes a place to enjoy the heat of the burning wood while also enjoying the beauty of the cold weather. Sometimes that a bit of a paradox because the side toward the fire is a bit too hot and the side away from the fire is a bit too cold. A fire keeps us outside for a longer time when the weather has turned cold.
Until then, my little trailer is a tiny trailer mansion--with its own room for the toilet, with a kitchen, and with a built-in furnace. Sometimes I just walk around in my trailer, thinking to myself, "Look, I can walk around, not just one step forward and one step back!" This will be our first fall and winter season of camping with the Basecamp, and I'm looking forward to it.