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What are the must have accessories fro your winter in snow camping with your Cali?

Please share links of the products :)
 
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After spending couple of nights in our Ocean in mountains few weeks ago I am definitely ordering pop top screen from rainbowthermalscreens.
I researched a bit which pop top cover to order and came to conclusion that these guys although pricey but are of good quality and more importantly easy to install.
If anyone could recommend an alternative would love to hear from you.
 
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This looks dangerous! (Sorry OP for hijacking your thread).

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After spending couple of nights in our Ocean in mountains few weeks ago I am definitely ordering pop top screen from rainbowthermalscreens.
I researched a bit which pop top cover to order and came to conclusion that these guys although pricey but are of good quality and more importantly easy to install.
If anyone could recommend an alternative would love to hear from you.
I’ve got the front rainbow thermal screen. Highly recommend :thumb
 
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What are the must have accessories fro your winter in snow camping with your Cali?

Please share links of the products :)
Depending on expected temperatures, I would recommend a good water container with a tap. I have found, if I’m living in the van with the heater on permanently or while driving, the water system can be used down to about -6 Celsius. If you’re expecting lower temperatures, or not willing to keep a heater on all the time, you will want to drain the fresh water system and rely on containers of water kept inside the main body of the van.

depending on what you’re doing, a hanging rail and hangars combined with a 12v dehumidifier is useful for drying winter clothing.

A hot water bottle is handy for warming the bedding in the pop top. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NTX3T1Y/?tag=eliteelect-21

Winter tyres and snow chains.

External windscreen cover and an internal or external pop top cover help.


If you’ll be cooking inside more than normal, consider lids or ridgemonkey to reduce cooking splatters and smells.

A rug for the main living area can make it more pleasant on the feet. Also having outside boots and inside slippers help to keep the outside outside.

A folding stool and small door mat is handy for sitting on outside the van while changing from boots to slippers.

A long handled ice scraper is useful and get one with a brush on the end for clearing snow from the roof mechanism or solar panel.

Enjoy your winter adventures.
 
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Apart from the van, for personal use everything Merino or silk....

Base layers, first layers and mid layers .... me personally it's all merino, then down jacket over the top...

Merino hat, or skull cap for beneath a helmet,

Slik scarf, silk lined gloves, double layer merino socks.

I do not like synthetic fabrics next to the skin, nothing breathes quite like natural fibres, not even coolmax, and nothing self-regulates quite like merino. My only requirement is animal welfare, non-mulesing wool. I find the van can be draughty places with lots of temperature gradients from downstairs snug under bed, a great arctic chill when the bed is lifted and then the trek outside if using campsite facilities ....
 
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Are you planning to stay at a campsite or free aires / park-up for the night.
I 've not been camping in the snow , but been to a campsite in Austria that does stay open all year round . We where there in the summer but they had great facilitys like 16a hook-up , a dry room , kitchen , ski storage, ect...
If on a campsite you wil have acces to water and toilets and you can use all kinds of electric divices like heaters , waterboiler while on 220v hook-up
Staying in a parkinglot while going up the mountain during the day is diffrent story , there are threads on here of people doing so , very brave imo.
 
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Depending on expected temperatures, I would recommend a good water container with a tap. I have found, if I’m living in the van with the heater on permanently or while driving, the water system can be used down to about -6 Celsius. If you’re expecting lower temperatures, or not willing to keep a heater on all the time, you will want to drain the fresh water system and rely on containers of water kept inside the main body of the van.

depending on what you’re doing, a hanging rail and hangars combined with a 12v dehumidifier is useful for drying winter clothing.

A hot water bottle is handy for warming the bedding in the pop top.

Winter tyres and snow chains.

External windscreen cover and an internal or external pop top cover help.

If you’ll be cooking inside more than normal, consider lids or ridgemonkey to reduce cooking splatters and smells.

A rug for the main living area can make it more pleasant on the feet. Also having outside boots and inside slippers help to keep the outside outside.

A folding stool and small door mat is handy for sitting on outside the van while changing from boots to slippers.

A long handled ice scraper is useful and get one with a brush on the end for clearing snow from the roof mechanism or solar panel.

Enjoy your winter adventures.
great anwer but it misses the links to the items!
 
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Warm slipper boots which cover your ankles such as Uggs. I find they make a huge difference. I think you lose a lot of heat through the floor.

As GrannyJen, everything merino wool (try Icebreaker). You can wear their base layers day and night.
 
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Warm slipper boots which cover your ankles such as Uggs. I find they make a huge difference. I think you lose a lot of heat through the floor.

As GrannyJen, everything merino wool (try Icebreaker). You can wear their base layers day and night.
Amen... my go-to "nightie" at present in a rather baggy, very old merino jumper that is a joy to wear in bed.

Also a plus 1 to icebreaker but a really great company for merino base layers is a company that started life making woolly grandad pants ....
 
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thanks for your responses... I'm all Icebreaker but I would rather get the LINKs of products for your Valid. thanks
 
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it's funny to read that no1 has recommended the heater snorkel for the top bed
 
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After spending couple of nights in our Ocean in mountains few weeks ago I am definitely ordering pop top screen from rainbowthermalscreens.
I researched a bit which pop top cover to order and came to conclusion that these guys although pricey but are of good quality and more importantly easy to install.
If anyone could recommend an alternative would love to hear from you.
We’ve got Rainbow gear, great products.
 
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We are thinking about Rainbow Screens for our pop top cover. Do they still insist on measurements when ordering for the Cali? I would have thought they would know the pop top size by now.
I agree

asking me to measure my standard pop top is a deal breaker for me
 

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